Galway woman named president of International Federation of Television Archives

Galwaywoman Bríd Dooley, president of IFTA and Head of RTE Archives

Galwaywoman Bríd Dooley, president of IFTA and Head of RTE Archives

Galwaywoman Bríd Dooley who is currently Head of RTÉ Archives has been elected in Warsaw as President of FIAT/IFTA ( the International Federation of Television Archives ).

The International Federation of Television Archives is an international professional association established to provide a means for co-operation amongst broadcast and national audiovisual archives and libraries concerned with the collection, preservation and exploitation of moving image and recorded sound materials and associated documentation.

Ms Dooley has been an active member of the Federation for a number of years and has represented RTÉ Archives at international conference presenting a number of papers on the work of RTÉ and issues around preservation, digitisation and management of audio-visual archives.

She has also contributed to the work of FiatIfta as a member of the Programme and Production commission since 2003, assisting with best practice guidelines, planning the content for the conference and the FiatIfta Television Archive Award.

This week her first role involved presiding over the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2016 which was held in Warsaw.

Ms Dooley is from a well-known Cummer family and is a past pupil of Presentation College, Tuam. An accomplished singer, Bríd was the female vocalist on the well-known Saw Doctors song Share The Darkness.

The presidency is one of the highest honours in the broadcast archives profession. Prior to RTÉ she worked for ITN and GMTV in London. Earlier this summer, she was the host of the Archiving Tomorrow conference which addressed the risks facing audiovisual archive collections around the world.

“With history and heritage taking centre stage in Ireland this year as we commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, it is fitting that Ireland should host this conference which puts cultural heritage in sharp focus and discusses the threats and opportunities to save the endangered audiovisual heritage of the twentieth century across film, television and sound recordings. We need to also ask what will survive 100 years from now?” she said at the time.

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