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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Selects Initiative Manager for American Archive Project

  • For Immediate Release on March 26, 2009

Washington, DC -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has selected Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) as the initiative manager for the American Archive Pilot Program, a project designed to determine the processes needed to restore, digitize, and preserve public broadcasting's deteriorating collections of local television and radio content.

Using emerging technologies, CPB's American Archive will preserve content created by public broadcasters; from its early years and into the future and be accessible to educators, students, historians and the general public.

As initiative manager, OPB will develop and implement a pilot project around content related to the civil rights movement and World War II. OPB will administer grants to stations to assist in acquiring and digitizing this content.

"The American Archive will preserve important public media content which can be accessed by Americans of all ages for years to come and in ways now made possible through technology." said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. "We are pleased to have the talented team at OPB working with us on this important initiative."

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