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ITN Archive Celebrates Launch of Music Catalogue

21 February 2005

ITN Archive is to launch its extensive collection of music footage this Thursday February 24 at the Marquee Club in London’s Leicester Square. Featuring performances from the earliest days of sound on film to acts on current television shows, the ITN music archive is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world featuring several thousand performances. The catalogue is made up of performances from three major sources which the ITN Archive represents;
Granada Television; performances from commissioned series like The Tube and ITV productions like Whats’ On, So It Goes and the South Bank Show. Channel 4; cutting edge youth shows like TFI Friday and The Word which regularly featured new music, as well as more current performances on the youth strand T4.
British Pathe; thousands of exclusive performances from the pioneering entertainment cinemagazine Pathetone Weekly (1930 to 1941) and the Pathe Pictorial (1931 to 1969) including Elvis, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The collection also includes rare material from Reuters Television and Fox Movietone, who are also represented worldwide by ITN Archive. To celebrate the launch of this catalogue ITN Archive has selected the biggest TV debuts, based on impact, longevity and sheer drama: Sex Pistols; “Anarchy in the UK” on So It Goes (28th August 1976). Nirvana; “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on The Word (8th November 1991) Oasis; “Supersonic” on The Word (4th March 1994) Madonna; “Holiday” on The Tube (27th January 1984) Frankie Goes to Hollywood; “Relax” on The Tube (9th December 1983) REM; “Don’t go back to Rockville” on The Tube (18th November 1983) Billie Holliday; “Strange Fruit” on Chelsea at 9 (18th March 1959) The Fall; “Psycho Mafia” on What’s On (1st June 1978) Joy Division; “Shadowplay” on What’s On (June 1978)
The Clash; “Janie Jones” on So It Goes (11th December 1977)
The ITN music catalogue is available for licensing worldwide not only into traditional media like television, radio and cinema but also into the ever expanding area of content for 3G mobile phones, web sites and, in particular DVD and CD where “extras” on re-releases are packed with unseen and rare performances. Ross Landau, who heads the music sales team at ITN Archive said: “The most exciting thing about the ITN Archive Music catalogue for me is the sheer diversity. Where else would you get Arthur Askey and Gertrude Lawrence sitting beside Johnny Rotten and Liam Gallagher” Mark Wood, ITN’s Chief Executive commented; “The launch of this catalogue represents a watershed in the growth of the Archive. Five years ago we used to sell just news from ITN and Reuters, but with our new exclusive relationships with British Pathe, Channel Four and Granada we now sell everything from Coronation Street to Queen”

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Editor’s note – Background to ITN
ITN is one of the world's leading and most efficient news producers. From its main production studios in London, where most of its 800 plus employees are based, ITN provides news programming for ITV1, the ITV News Channel, Channel 4 and Independent Radio News (IRN). ITN’s combined news broadcasts reach over two-thirds of the population, making it one of the leading news providers in the UK. The company has a strong reputation for the efficient use of modern technology (winning the Royal Television Society's 2004 Innovation Award) and optimises the use of its IP through ITN Archive – which is both the biggest commercial news archive and TV-based video archive in the world with a library of over 680,000 hours of footage - and through producing factual documentaries and programming, and streaming news and entertainment content to 3G phones.