Sunday, May 23, 2010

Television News Transcripts

Television news transcripts are usually available. The first place to look for television news transcripts is the Speech and Transcript Center ( The center maintains an archive of transcripts for a lot of programs.

The next place to look for television news transcripts is Fulltext Sources Online. If you still can not find a specific transcript, check to see if the station or show has a Web site or other database, such as:

ABC television news transcripts are posted in Dialog File 648.

Bloomberg television news transcripts are available through the Web ( ).

CNN has television news transcripts with current and archived news ( ),.

CBS has television news transcripts of 60 Minutes, 48 Hours and other CBS new shows are available (for $20-$30) by calling 1-800-777-TEXT.

PBS has extensive television news transcripts at ( ), including a searchable site for Frontline at ( ).

If that doesn't work and you still can not find the television news transcripts you want, you could:
� Double-check Full-Text Sources on Line by looking in the Lexis, Westlaw and/or Dialog database directories
� Call Lexis, Westlaw, Dialog
� Contact the Video Monitoring Services (VMS) of America ( ), which claims to have the broadest coverage of broadcast news transcripts
� Contact Burelle's Information Service (

TV News Show Recordings: If you want recording instead of television news transcripts, Vanderbilt University's Television News Archive posts Web summaries of all network evening news shows, plus many special reports on its Web site at ( /). If tapes of the shows you want exist, you can borrow the tapes from the archive. There are also services that sell videos of past news shows such as:
� Video Monitoring Services of America (,
� VRI (Video Research Institute, 1-year archive, 323-993-7184),
� AVR (Audio Vidio Reports, 35-day archive but generally the least expensive service, 818-763-5165)
� Multivision (1-year archive, 310-372-1697 x106).
� CNBC/Dow Jones Business Video ( provides recordings and videos of CNBC business programming.
If everything else you try fails to find the television news transcripts you need, contact the Museum of Radio and Television, located in both New York City and Los Angeles ( The museum will allow researchers to view programs from the Museum's collection in their on-site Scholars' Rooms. These are all of the resources I could find for obtaining television news transcripts.

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