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FIAT/IFTA Mission: a global network of broadcast archives

The World's leading professional association for those engaged in the preservation and exploitation of broadcast archives.

Audiovisual media dominates today’s global information society. We all are almost constantly surrounded by moving images and television stands out of this “media storm” as one of the most powerful and yet so familiar parts of everyday life.

Just think of all the TV images you have in your mind when looking back to the history of the last 60 years. Whenever something outstanding was happening, television was usually there. And not only for the political agenda, it was also there to entertain us, comfort us, make us laugh, cry, angry or happy.

But what happens with all these audiovisual memories? Where and how are they sorted and kept for future generations? You will find answers to these and a lot more questions when joining the Fédération Internationale des Archives de Télévision / The International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA).

Founded in 1977, more than 250 members have joined our organisation that promotes co-operation amongst radio and television archives, multimedia and audiovisual archives and libraries, and all those engaged in the preservation and exploitation of moving image and recorded sound materials and associated documentation.

FIAT/IFTA’ s main objectives are to provide a forum for exchange of knowledge and experience between its members, to promote the study of any topic relevant to the development and valorisation of audiovisual archives and to establish international standards on key issues regarding all aspects of audiovisual media management. Four thematic commissions permit to address all the issues related to audiovisual content and to promote the study of specific topics.

To achieve this, FIAT/IFTA encourages and organises an annual World Conference in different locations in the world, as well as international seminars and local and regional meetings. The annual conference is a unique opportunity to discover the future of the audiovisual domain and its new tendencies and uses.

FIAT/IFTA develops a specific action through the Save your Archive program; addressed to those collections or archives who need urgent assistance or financing.

Every year the FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Award is assigned in four categories to projects involving the best use of audiovisual archive material, the most innovative use of an archive, and the best archive preservation project.

The annual Where are You on the Timeline? Survey since 2011 monitors the evolution of television archives worldwide on their journey towards full digital archiving. FIAT/IFTA collects, analyses and presents the results every year at the World Conference.

Last but not least, the Media Studies Grant aims to enhance collaboration between research and archive communities and to ensure the valorization of academic knowledge for archival practice. Organised by the Media Studies Commission, it promotes the research of holdings of member television archives by offering a grant to support their costs for the purpose of the proposed study.



The South African Broadcasting Corporation

The SABC is Africa’s leading and largest public service broadcaster comprising of nineteen (19) radio stations and six (6) television channels. The SABC broadcasts in all 11 official South African languages as well as English, French, Portuguese, Kiswahili, Chinyanja and Silozi (Channel Africa) and Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Guajarati and Telegu (Lotus FM). The SABC reaches over 30 million radio listeners and 28 million viewers per week across its multiple platforms and its SABC News channel is the number 1 news channel in the country. In April 2021, 19 months into its 36-month implementation period, the SABC had achieved 81% of its turnaround objectives. This coincided in the SABC reporting its first profit in a 5 yrs analysis of the month.

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Southern African Communications Industries Association

The Southern African Communications Industries Association (SACIA) is a SAQA-recognised professional body that awards several designations to industry professionals working in the broadcast and communications sector across the SADC region.
Our members include a range of broadcasters, production and post-production companies, and other organisations involved in content creation, management and distribution.
The Association was established in 2009 and is dedicated to promoting professional standards and ethical business practices in the broadcast industry.




THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS SERVICE OF SOUTH AFRICA (NARSSA) a programme in the Department of Sport Arts and Culture has the responsibility to foster a national identity and the protection of rights by;

• Preserving our national archival heritage for use by the government and people of South Africa

• Promoting efficient, accountable, and transparent government through the proper management and care of government records

The objects and functions of the National Archives shall be to-

(a) preserve public and non-public records with enduring value for use by the public and the State;

(b) make such records accessible and promote their use by the public;

(c) ensure the proper management and care of all public records;

(d) collect non-public records with enduring value of national significance which cannot be more appropriately preserved by another institution, with due regard to the need to document aspects of the nation's experience neglected by archives repositories in the past;

(e) maintain a national automated archival information retrieval system, in which all provincial archives services shall participate;

(f) maintain national registers of non-public records with enduring value, and promote co-operation and co-ordination between institutions having custody of such records;

(g) assist, support, set standards for and provide professional guidelines to provincial archives services;

(h) promote an awareness of archives and records management, and encourage archival and records management activities;

(i) generally promote the preservation and use of a national archival heritage

The National Film, Video and Sound Archives of South Africa, a sub-directorate under the NARSSA and operates as a specialised repository for audiovisual and related records that is made in or about South Africa


Important Dates

Early bird registration closes 15 August