Ukraine broadcasters in Japan to study archiving of footage

Ukrainian broadcasters are visiting NHK to learn how to archive footage. The aim is to preserve material at risk of damage or loss amid Russia's invasion.

The team took part in a lecture in Tokyo, hearing from NHK's archive division about how it creates and stores content. They handed over three films containing footage from the 1940s.

Andriy Taranov, managing board member of Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne, said, "This is now part of the Ukrainian culture and heritage and I hope this test project will lead us. We have hundreds of thousands of hours of these materials."

The Ukrainian broadcasting team was established less than a decade ago with the integration of state-run TV and regional broadcasters. They have only just begun coming up with systems to archive footage.

Taranov said broadcasting-related material has already been lost in occupied territories as Russia's invasion continues to destroy infrastructure. He says they are hoping to preserve the footage as soon as possible.

He added, "I think it's very important if NHK helps us with processing and restoring the materials while we reestablish our own processes back home in Ukraine."

The films that were brought in will be screened sometime next week. The teams will then discuss methods to digitize the material.