The Associated Press and British Movietone have both uploaded their entire historical news archives to YouTube, totalling more than a million minutes of footage, and covering events dating back to 1895. They join British Pathé, which uploaded its entire 100-year library last year.

The archival footage includes major world events such as the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, exclusive footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 2001 terrorist attacks on the US.

AP says that it may later look to monetize the content with ads, but for now will rely on revenue from licensing deals with documentary makers and others to fund the work … 


AP said that it had been uploading its archives to YouTube at the staggering rate of 30,000 videos a day. I wouldn’t have wanted to be the guy waiting for the ‘Processing’ phase to complete …

You can watch a one-minute taster below, then visit the Associated Press and British Movietone YouTube channels – along with that of British Pathé.

Via Variety

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