‘NewsHour’ archives to be digitized and available online

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More than three decades of NewsHour are heading to an online home, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.

Nearly 10,000 episodes that aired from 1975 to 2007 will be archived through a collaboration among AAPB; WGBH in Boston; WETA in Arlington, Va.; and the Library of Congress. The organizations jointly announced the project Thursday.

“The project will take place over the next year and a half,” WGBH spokesperson Emily Balk said. “The collection should be up in its entirety by mid-2018, but AAPB will be adding content from the collection to its website on an ongoing, monthly basis.”

The AAPB is a partnership between WGBH and the Library of Congress to preserve significant public television and radio programs.

NewsHour content to be digitized includes interviews with several U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and members of Congress as well as world leaders such as Fidel Castro, Moammar Gadhafi, Margaret Thatcher and Boris Yeltsin.

MacNeil/Lehrer Productions contributed the archives as part of a 2014 deal in which a subsidiary of WETA acquired the longtime public TV weeknight news magazine from MLP.

Funding for the archive project is provided by the nonprofit Council on Library and Information Resources.