The 170-year-old news operation has acquired the British Movietone newsreel archive, featuring footage dating back to 1929. The price of the deal wasn’t disclosed.
The acquisition adds a considerable amount of historic film footage to the AP’s collection own collection, which is largely made up of film and video shot after 1979.
So far, about 85% of the archive—or roughly 2,200 hours of film—has been digitized. In 2015, the AP and Newsreel Archive made some of the footage available to the public for free on YouTube. The AP says it intends to digitize the rest of the footage, much of which consists of news reports that were censored during World War II and have never been seen.
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1.7 million news, sports, entertainment and fashion stories dating back to 1895 to share with you, here and on our British Movietone channel
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From April 14, 2014 British Pathé Releases Film Archive (85,000 Videos) On YouTube