From the 123rd Annual Meeting column of the November 2008 issue of Perspectives on History

TV Comes to the Annual Meeting

AHA Staff, November 2008

The American Historical Association has partnered with WebsEdge of London to produce a daily television program, HistoriansTV, during the 123rd Annual Meeting. Each day of the meeting a new 30-minute news program will be broadcast which will include interviews with key speakers, news from the meeting floor, and several five-minute, prerecorded segments sponsored by history departments and organizations. These segments will highlight programs, policies, technologies, best practices, and institutions that advance the goal of historical research, collections, historical scholarship, public history, and education. These feature segments will profile historical research centers, government agencies, libraries and archives, colleges and universities, museums, historical attractions, and institutions from around the country.

The daily news will be broadcast each day on a dedicated TV channel in hotel rooms of meeting attendees at no charge and on several plasma screens placed in the meeting hotels, the Hilton New York and the Sheraton New York. Portions of the recorded shows will also be available on a designated web site after the meeting and on HistoriansTV DVDs to be made available to members after the meeting.

The daily news programs will include prefilmed material to bring key issues, programs, and interviews to attendees and will be recorded by reporters with experience on BBC and CNN (the head of production has served as the BBC Evening News Producer for over a decade). Major speeches and reactions to the day at the meeting itself are filmed and included as part of the evening news show. At the meeting there will be a HistoriansTV reporter reporting from the meeting, as well as a HistoriansTV news desk. Television cameras will be on site at the meeting each day, interviewing attendees, visiting the exhibit hall, and taping major daily events. The daily program will be edited onsite to ensure that up-to-the minute news is covered. Each day a new 30- to 45-minute show is produced. The programming is supported by a TV Program Guide which will be included in attendee registration packs distributed at the meeting with badges.

Check the AHA’s web site in December for more information. HistoriansTV—be sure to look out for it at the 123rd Annual Meeting!