Fonds PR3368 - ACCESS TV fonds

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    • 1971-2005 (Creation)

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    1506 videocassettes and other material.

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    Administrative history

    In 1995, the Government of Alberta privatized the Alberta Educational Communications Corporation (operating as ACCESS TV) by selling it to Learning and Skills Television of Alberta Limited (LTA), 60% of which was owned by CHUM Limited. Following a public hearing in April 1995, LTA was granted a full CRTC seven year broadcast license and introduced the new ACCESS television on 1 September 1995.

    In February 2005, CHUM Limited acquired the remaining 40% interest in LTA, giving the company 100% of its shares including ACCESS. At that time, LTA began operating under the trade name “access media group.”

    On 12 July 2006, CTVglobemedia Ltd. announced that it would make a friendly takeover bid to buy CHUM Limited, including ACCESS. This was finalized on 22 June 2007.

    A new three-year agreement between LTA and Alberta Education and Advanced Education was signed on 1 April 2008. Under the agreement, ACCESS continued to broadcast and distribute programming for Alberta Education and Advanced Education.

    On 29 August 2011, Access was relaunched by CTVglobemedia as CTV Two Alberta. CTV Two is mandated to “combine the best in entertainment programming in the evenings with a daytime broadcast schedule dedicated to commercial-free kid's programming and series designed to support K-12 and post-secondary courses of study.”

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    The fonds consists of records for ACCESS TV programs and series over the course of the station's history, including records transferred from the publicly-owned Alberta Educational Communications Corporation when ACCESS TV was privatized. There are audiovisual records as well as textual records that consist of educational material designed to complement the educational programming. There are also microfiche that contain scans of production files for nearly 300 ACCESS TV productions.

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    The records in PR1997.0182 and PR2010.0142 were maintained by ACCESS TV or one of its successor organizations and donated directly to the PAA. The records in PR2009.0536 were donated by Tony Wade, a filmmaker who worked on the Barry Broadfoot’s Pioneer Years series for ACCESS TV.


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        The material is in English.

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        Audiovisual records must be duplicated prior to access.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Further accruals are expected.

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        There are many metres of ACCESS TV records that have not yet been accessioned or described. Should access to these records be needed, please consult a reference archivist.

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        Includes accessions PR1997.0182, PR2009.0536, PR2010.0142, PR2014.2088.

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        Find TV programs and series about Cree and Blackfoot-speaking communities in the files of PR1997.0182. Records relevant to the Indigenous Resource Guide can also be found in the files of PR2010.0142, including "Shadow Puppets," based on the oral traditions of the Cree and Blackfoot communities, and "Indian Reserve Neighborhood Program," featuring hoop dancers and the community of Maskwacis.

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        1506 video cassettes. – 1071 video reels. – 2220 audio reels. – 731 audio cassettes. – 240 film reels : 16mm. - 1312 microfiche.

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