Hyperlocal community television is currently under threat and its content documenting local memories and histories is underused and hardly accessible. Newly generated hyperlocal content runs the risk of not being archived, curated and preserved. Can new technologies that encourage hyperlocal media contribute to its demise? This article discusses the history of hyperlocal community television in Finland, considers its current challenges and draws awareness to the need of securing this local heritage for the future. The article debates how the future fate of this form of hyperlocal television is dependent on material resources, such as manpower, access to storage and preservation infrastructures as well as funding.

local television, community television, minority language, disappearing archive, cultural archive, cultural heritage
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
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VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 8, No 15 (2019): Material Histories of Television; 22-31

Ingram, Darren P. (2019). Culture Under Threat: Minority Hyperlocal Cable Television in Finland. VIEW Journal, 8(15), 22–31. doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2019.jethc162