In the last 20 years, Italian television has discovered the richness and profitability of its enormous archives. Many new programmes have been broadcast on public and commercial television, making extensive use of historical fragments taken from previously aired shows. This essay explores the rationale behind the commercial re-use of TV archives in four different programmes: the “variety show made of variety shows” Da Da Da, the militant pastiche Blob, the commercial programming remix Super Show, the comedy history rewritten by La Super Storia. On the basis of these programmes, the consequences and risks of putting de-contextualized pieces taken from the past into the contemporary TV flow will be explored.

Italian television, archives, Public Service Broadcaster, commercial TV, TV programmes, convergence, digitization, TV history, variety shows, remix
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
VIEW Journal
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VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 1, No 1 (2012): Making Sense of Digital Sources; 40-47

Barra, Luca, & Scaglioni, Massimo. (2012). Making the Most of the Archive: Commercial Exploitation of the Digital Archive on Contemporary Italian Network TV. VIEW Journal, 1(1), 40–47. doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2012.jethc007