From programme flow to the archive form: televisuality on YLE’s online archive

1/2012

Mari Pajala

Television programmes are increasingly viewed online. In Finland, public service broadcaster YLE’s online archive Elävä arkisto (tr. the living archive), established in 2006, has been a frontrunner in making television programmes available online. Elävä arkisto houses thousands of clips from television and radio programmes as well as films, combining them with background articles and linking them to current events.

Using Elävä arkisto as a case study, the article analyses how forms of televisuality change when television programmes are made available on an online archive. It looks at how Elävä arkisto remediates television on the internet, combining elements of the online archive, news media and social media. Taking the idea of televisual flow as a starting point, the article suggests that the online archive contributes to a new kind of intermedial flow, also enabling new forms of televisual memory. The article draws attention to the coexistence of historical layers of television culture, where online services develop new uses for old television programmes.