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British Pathé’s Story
Before television, people went to movie theatres to watch the news. British Pathé was at the forefront of cinematic journalism, blending information with entertainment to popular effect. Over the course of a century, the company documented everything from major armed conflicts and seismic political crises to the curious hobbies and eccentric lives of ordinary people.
Now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world, British Pathé is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage from around the globe of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, science and culture. It is an invaluable resource for broadcasters, documentary producers and archive researchers worldwide. More: In-depth History of British Pathé
British Pathé also represents the Reuters historical collection, which includes more than 103,000 items from Reuters-owned news agencies Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932), Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930), British Paramount (1931-1957), and Gaumont British (1934-1959), as well as Visnews content from 1957 to the end of 1979. All footage can be viewed on the British Pathé website.
Reuters, the world’s largest international news agency, employs more than 2,600 journalists in nearly 200 bureaux and delivers news in over 17 different languages. Known around the globe for speed, accuracy and fairness, Reuters provides insight, depth and understanding to more than a billion people every day. More: Reuters Website
Key Facts and Figures
British Pathé’s Founder: Charles Pathé
British Pathé’s Foundation Year: 1910
British Pathé’s Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
British Pathé’s Parents: Pathé Frères (1910-1927), First National (1927-31), Warner Brothers (1931-33), Associated British Picture Corporation (1933-58), Warner Brothers (1958-69), EMI (1969-86), The Cannon Group (1986-87), Weintraub Entertainment Group (1987-89), Parkfield Group (1989-90), Greenbranch (1990-95), Daily Mail and General Trust (1995-2008), independent (2008-present)
No. of British Pathé Items: 84,855 films and 12 million stills produced from them
No. of Reuters Items: 123,319 films
British Pathé Item Dates: 1896-1976, Newsreels 1910-70
Reuters Item Dates: 1910-1979
Main Genres: Newsreels, Documentaries, Cinemagazines
British Pathé’s Current Activities: Footage and Stills Licensing, Online Streaming
British Pathé’s Clients: Broadcasters, Producers, Museums and Schools.
The British Pathé Brand
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As well as the main website you are currently exploring, British Pathé can also be found on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn.
British Pathé Images
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Past Press Releases and Interviews
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British Pathé Signs Deal to Represent Reuters Historic Footage, 24/04/2018
British Pathé Re-releases Classic Documentary Series Time to Remember in HD, 13/12/2017
British Pathé Awarded Footage Library of the Year, 26/05/2017
British Pathé Reclaims German Rights to its Newsreel Collection, 19/04/2017
British Pathé Launches New Online Railway Documentary Collection, 11/01/2017
British Pathé’s Forbidden Irish Film Revolution in Colour Finally Produced, 27/10/2016
British Pathé Launches New Full-Length Documentary Channel, 17/08/2016
Opening Up a Vast Archive, 24/05/2016
A Visit to the Pathé Vaults, 01/04/2016
British Pathé Reclaims North American Rights, 29/03/2016
British Pathé Appoints Zoe Moore, 29/07/2015
British Pathé Launches in North America, 29/07/2015
British Pathé Releases 85K Videos on YouTube, 17/04/2014
Deal Made to Bring Filmed History to East Midlands Classrooms, 24/10/2013
The Duchess of Cambridge’s Ancestors Discovered on Film, 09/07/2013
British Pathé Wins Archive of the Year, 03/05/2012
Time To Remember Released on DVD, 18/10/2011
General Manager Alastair White on BBC Breakfast, 20/08/2011
British Pathé’s Date With History, 08/06/2009
British Pathé Launches Dedicated Operation, 01/06/2009
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