Written sources

Written sources of radio and television collected by Ina include documents deposited by broadcasters, monographs, and collections of periodicals and archives deposited by institutions and audiovisual professionals.

This archive, devoted to the radio and television environment and media analysis, contains over 800,000 documents deposited by broadcasters, 20,600 books, 756 collections of periodicals and 248 written archives. The written archives department also conducts interviews on audiovisual heritage with radio and television professionals who have deposited their written archives with Ina.

Documents produced by broadcasters

The decree implementing the law on legal deposit stipulates that broadcasters must deposit their written documents (printed or in digital format) related to selected programmes. This concerns documents relating to programming (press releases, pre-programmes, final programmes, broadcasting reports); documents relating to a specific programme.

For radio, these are copyright statements and the texts of news bulletins, and, for television, the rundown of newscasts, programme running order, press kits, royalties and other rights, scenarios and project statements.  

These documents put the programmes into their production and diffusion contexts.

Written archive collections

As Ina is legally authorised to receive, manage and communicate archives, it has built up a substantial written archives sector, which has been enriched for over 20 years by various donors, be they private individuals or institutions.

The 248 private archive collections are deposited by major players in the sector: radio-television professionals, major institutions and public channels. Private collections are made up of documents written and deposited by authors, directors, and programme presenters, such as Pierre Crénesse, Serge Moati, Bernard Pivot, Michel Polac, Alexandre Tarta, Jean-Christophe Averty, producers such as Pierre  Billard, André Gillois, Danielle Hunebelle, Charles Michelson, Eliane Victor, and public audiovisual managers such as Marceau Long, the last CEO of ORTF, or Pierre Sabbagh, the founder of televised news, decorators like Pierre Peytavi or Maurice Valay, sociologists and media historians including Jérôme Bourdon, Dominique Pasquier and Monique Sauvage.


Some 20,600 written works are available at the Ina THEQUE consultation centre at the BNF (Bibliothèque nationale de France). The oldest, La technique cinématographique, dates from 1912.

This archive contains monographs dealing with the history of French radio and television broadcasting, the audiovisual sector, the media and similar disciplines, published by the main French and international publishing houses or research laboratories, and studies, reports and symposium proceedings.

It also includes university theses and memoires, some of which have been produced from the audiovisual sources made available as part of the Ina THEQUE since the 1990s.

Periodical publications

Over 750 collections of periodicals are also available at the Ina THEQUE: magazines specialised in programmes, or the audiovisual economy, technical aspects, audiovisual productions, scientific reviews published by research laboratories or universities, and collections closes inherited from RTF and ORTF. One of the oldest titles is Radio Magazine, published since the 1920s.  

Another 50 collections are acquired by subscription. Entire television programme magazine collections of Télérama and Télé 7 jours are available for consultation, published under this heading since 1960, and under other headings since 1947 for Télérama and 1944 for Télé 7 jours.


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