Journal of European Television History and Culture

A Multi-media E-Journal on the past and present of European Television

Journal of European Television History and Culture is the first peer-reviewed, multi-media and open access e-journal in the field of European television history and culture. Learn More.

History of Private and Commercial Television in Europe

Co-edited by Luca Barra, Christoph Classen, and Sonja De Leeuw
PHOTO CREDIT: TV Sorrisi e Canzoni, 16 March 1980: "400 antenne contro la RAI-TV"

The history of European televisions’ commercialization is interesting and complex. In many European countries, early attempts to launch some form of private television took place on a local, national, or even supra-national basis. The process of television commercialization in Europe didn’t just start during the 1980s. Its implementation happened from the very beginning, and followed very different paths in each country. This issue on the History of Private and Commercial Television in Europe may help deepen our understanding of how the commercialization of television has shaped media culture in Europe. It offers a scholarly view on the history of private and commercial television in Europe, addressing institutional, technological, political, and cultural perspectives, and their entanglement, so as to allow for transnational comparison.

VOLUME 6 (2017) ISSUE 11

Non-fiction Transmedia

Co-edited by Arnau Gifreu-Castells, Richard Misek and Erwin Verbruggen
PHOTO CREDIT: Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion / Artline Films

Interactive digital media have greatly affected the logics of production, exhibition and reception of non-fiction audiovisual works, leading to the emergence of a new area called “interactive and transmedia non-fiction”. One of its key points is that it can deal with factual material in such a way that it influences and transforms the real world around us. With this issue we aim to offer a scholarly perspective on the emergence of transmedia forms, their technological and aesthetic characteristics, the types of audience engagement they engender, the possibilities they create for engagement with archival content, the technological predecessors that they may or may not have emerged from, and the institutional and creative milieux in which they thrive.

VOLUME 5 (2016) ISSUE 10

TV Formats and Format Research: Theory, methodology, history and new developments

Co-edited by John Ellis, Andrea Esser, and Juan Francisco Gutiérrez Lozano
PHOTO CREDIT: (c) FremantleMedia Spain

During the last 15 years format research has grown into a notable, distinct field of academic investigation alongside the dramatic expansion of the trade in TV formats.

This special issue of VIEW builds on existing format scholarship to deepen our understanding of the history and the continuing growth of the TV format business from a European perspective.

VOLUME 5 (2016) ISSUE 9

News from EUscreen network

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    Video Collection: Musical Highlights

    Rock, Jazz or the romantic songs of Serge Gainsbourg: in this video collection we show musical gems dating from 1962 to 2012. A video collection from the EUscreen Portal featuring musical highlights such as performances, interviews and the arrival of legends in different cities. Enjoy browsing through the collection and discover more on

  • Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:46:02

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    In the paper ‘Sharing killed the AVMSD star: the impossibility of European audiovisual media regulation in the era of the sharing economy’, Indrek Ibrus and Ulrike Rohn (Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM), Tallinn University)  focus on the challenges that the ‘sharing economy’ presents to the updating of the European Union’s (EU) Audiovisual...

  • Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:00:15

    Learning on Screen – Audiovisual Citation Guidelines: Second Edition

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  • Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:54:52

    Video Collection: Cities

    Skylines, sights, and city life. In this video collection, you will see what Athens looked like in 1936 or Lisbon in 1960. A collection of 23 videos from the EUscreen Portal featuring 23 different cities! Enjoy browsing through the collection and discover more on Amsterdam 1945 This holiday film follows the Hinchliff family on...

  • Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:15:30

    Second Life of Heritage Collections | BAAC Annual Conference

    Projects based on historical archives were the main focus of the 14th BAAC annual conference, which this year was hosted in Warsaw by the National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute (FINA). Experts from the Baltic region and friends of the Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council (BAAC) met from 11 to 13 October in Warsaw. Here they...

  • Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:53:13

    Fashionating images – Where EUscreen meets Europeana Fashion?

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  • Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:22:36

    Disaster, Calacas, and Metadata: A FIAT/IFTA Conference Report

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  • Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:34:22

    The Albanian Film Archive: part of European heritage

    Guest post by Eriona Vyshka, collection manager at the Albanian Film Archive (AQSHF). AQSHF recently published 300 video’s to Europeana via EUscreen. The Albanian Film Archive is responsible for managing (storing and maintaining) all historic film materials and receives deposits of contemporary Albanian films. More than 100 years of Albanian history is documented through the...

  • Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:11:18

    Quantifying Autobiography

    A guest blog by Rob Wegter, Student Assistant MA Digital Humanities at the University of Groningen, about his experiences during the research project “Me and Myself: Tracing first person in documentary history in AV-collections”. I must admit that before I started the Digital Humanities master program in Groningen, I had no programming skills and was...

  • Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:40:45

    Copyright Law in Europe: Exceptions and limitations to copyright

    The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, published a new report on the state of play of copyright law in Europe. This latest IRIS Plus report ‘Exceptions and limitations to copyright’, guides us through the complex process of the new Copyright Package, presented in September 2016 by the European Commission....