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ITN Source joins the Creative Archive Licence Group

13 September 2006

ITN Source (formerly ITN Archive), the world’s fastest growing commercial moving image provider, has become a partner of The Creative Archive Licence Group. Under the Creative Archive initiative, ITN Source will make available some of its 700,000 hours of archive content for free download to the public for home and personal use.

ITN Source joins a host of national broadcasters and other moving image and sound archives involved in the initiative. As a key partner member, ITN Source cements its commitment to enabling wider accessibility to its unrivalled collection of moving image content, as well as confirming its status as a leader in the development of the global archive footage industry. ITN Source has already made significant advances in making its content available to a wider audience through the National Lottery funded British Pathé website - www.britishpathe.com - where members of the public can download news clips for personal use. In addition, earlier this year ITN struck a deal with Google to provide specially selected content to North American and European consumers through its innovative Google Video service.

In a speech last night (Wednesday 13 September), David Puttnam (Lord Puttnam of Queensgate), lent his support for the scheme and called for a new form of “public lending right”, likening it to a public library system, which could provide a fixed revenue stream to underlying rights holders.

Mark Wood, Chief Executive, ITN, said: “ITN Source is delighted to become a member of The Creative Archive Licence Group, joining an impressive rostrum of key media players. As a global leader in the provision of content, our participation in the Creative Archive initiative will allow us to promote creativity by sharing our vast array of video archives with a wider audience, whilst continuing to operate as one of the world’s most successful commercial footage licensing businesses.”

Paul Gerhardt, Co-ordinator of the Creative Archive Licence Group, said: “The CALG welcome the opportunity to collaborate with ITN and its rich collection in the development of new content under the Creative Archive licence. This is also a vote of confidence for our efforts to develop a new business model which can provide both public benefit and commercial value.”

Formed in April 2005, The Creative Archive Licence Group was founded by the BBC, the British Film Institute, Channel 4 and The Open University. Other recent members to join the partnership include Teachers’ TV, the Community Channel and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. At the end of September the BBC will complete its initial pilot phase of the Creative Archive, and in the autumn, plans to put its role in the new service through a public value test.


About ITN Source

ITN Source (formerly ITN Archive) is one of the world’s largest and most respected providers of moving image content, housing over 700,000 hours of footage across a diverse range of collections including historical footage, iconic images, music, entertainment programmes, natural history and film. With hours of material added everyday, ITN Source is the world’s fastest growing video archive business, containing defining moments and images captured over three centuries.

ITN Source represents the footage of ITN, Channel 4, Granada, British Pathé, Reuters, Fox News and Fox Movietone and other specialist collections. ITN Source recently signed a unique partnership deal with Google to supply video content to its innovative Video Store.

With headquarters in London, ITN Source has sales offices across the globe in New York, Los Angeles, Canada, Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg, Sydney and Tokyo.

For more information, visit www.itnsource.com


About ITN

ITN is one of the world’s leading news and multimedia content companies. It broadcasts network news programmes and creates, packages, aggregates and distributes other content to a wide range of customers around the globe. Tailored to its customers’ needs, ITN’s content is on every media channel from television to the internet to mobile phones.


About The Creative Archive Licence Group

CALG is a new broadcast and archive initiative to provide the public with access to moving images and sound files for learning, for pleasure and for creativity. Content is supplied by CALG members at sub broadcast quality for home use. High quality commercial versions are also usually available. CALG’s amibition is to provide a user friendly service which provides easy access to a range of content drawn from all of the UK’s public and commercial collections. Further information is available at

www.creativearchive.bbc.co.uk


For further information, please contact:

John Nolan: Tel: +44 (0)207 430 4216 (John.Nolan@itn.co.uk) or

Lucy Puddefoot: Tel: +44 (0)207 430 4599 (Lucy.Puddefoot@itnsource.com)