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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Missing video

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 6:22 AM

Maybe I've overlooked it. But I combed the KATV news webpage this morning without success for its own story on the donation of the station's unmatched video archive to the University of Arkansas. Once digitized many years in the future, the material will be viewable on-line by the public. It's a treasure.

Suggestion: the station should put up the highlight reel shown yesterday or another of its making for web sharing as a teaser and promotion of its good deed. Given recent events, I was thinking it should include U.S. Rep. Wilbur Mills' Sam Peck Hotel news conference following the famous Tidal Basin dip of Fanne Fox, if only because I was a callow youth in the room in 1974.

CONNECT THE DOTS: Some might wonder why Politico, the growing national political website, provided such lavish coverage to this event. Simple. The Allbritton company owns KATV and is the primary backer of Politico which you'll find linked on the KATV website. .... More dots. Former U.S. Sen. David Pryor, the father of the oral history project at UA, worked on Joseph Allbritton for better than 10 years to land the video files. And credit is due, as well, for long-time former KATV news director Jim Pitcock, who put the archive project in motion years ago and nurtured it until his retirement. Pitcock is now on the staff of U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.

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