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

  • 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....

  • Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:41:50

    EUscreen recommends: Infrastructuring for Cultural Commons

    In the paper ‘Infrastructuring for Cultural Commons’, Sanna Marttila (Aalto University) and Andrea Botero (Universidad de Los Andes) reflect on their involvement in the design and development of two information systems: EUscreen and Fusion. Abstract ‘Fusion and EUscreen are both infrastructural initiatives aimed at contributing, from different angles, to wider public access to and appropriation...

  • Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:14:58

    Video Collection: Tour de France

    Sunday, July 23rd is the last day of the Tour de France 2017. Did you know the EUscreen Portal contains a lot of Tour de France footage? Most of the following videos are from our partner l’Institut national de l’audiovisuel (INA). They have a great collection of clips about the race itself and clips about...

  • Wed, 05 Jul 2017 11:15:40

    Save the date: The Many Lives of Europe’s Audiovisual Heritage Online

    One day symposium at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) on May 16th, 2018. The Many Lives of Europe’s Audiovisual Heritage Online Farewell Symposium Prof. Dr. Sonja de Leeuw During the past decade, a massive body of European audiovisual heritage has become accessible online: on video sharing sites and websites of archives, or through initiatives such as and

  • Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:22:52

    Louis Armstrong

    In remembrance of jazz legend Louis Armstrong we collected different videos from the EUscreen Archive starring Armstrong. He died on the 6th of July 1971. Find more music video’s on! Armstrong in Stockholm A clip about Louis Armstrong visiting Stockholm. Provider: Kungliga biblioteket / Sweden 1962 [2:03] Armstrong in Prague Video of Louis Armstrong’s...

  • Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:09:07

    Archives in the Digital Era – An interview with Anna Sobczak

    Dr. Anna Sobczak (Poland/France), archivist and records manager, recently published her research ‘Traditional vs. Virtual Archives – The Evolving Digital Identity of Archives in Germany’. We spoke with her about the role and future of archives in relation to digitisation and the web. What are the biggest changes in the roles archives play in society?...

  • Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:58:41

    Opening Up the Archives to Student Filmmakers

    Guest post by Shane O’Sullivan, filmmaker and lecturer in Filmmaking at Kingston University. Kingston University London recently partnered with BFI Education on a new pilot scheme, which challenged first-year filmmaking students on our undergraduate Film degree to produce creative responses – in the form of video essays – to one of twelve short documentaries from...

  • Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:40:16

    VIEW Journal Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with New Interface

    To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture brings its readers a fully redesigned website and the release of its latest issue on Non-fiction Transmedia. Fresh Look VIEW Journal started five years ago as the first peer-reviewed, multimedia and open access e-journal in its field. The online open access...