Anyway, despite how things played out, I still sorta love the idea of creating a broadcaster to help build a true European public sphere and, maybe, one day, it's time will come.
The most interesting piece I've found on Europa TV was this introduction to a presentation at an academic conference from a couple of years ago: http://fiatifta.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/FIAT-IFTA-Media-Grant-Report-Saskia-Cluistra-Europa-Television.pdf
Apparently, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision has at least 150 hours of footage from the channel in its archive. I'd love to get a look at some of that! I also want to see some examples of their schedules (because, again, I am boring).
I've not found many clips of Europa TV floating around online. though you can watch their absurbly maudlin final closedown after it all went to shit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsgnwoaVW2Y and there's some bits accompanying this article: http://blog.euscreen.eu/2018/11/europa-tv-the-european-broadcasting-dream/
Also, it sounds like NOS were the only broadcaster who took the project seriously (Europa TV was based in their facilities in Hilversum). The others kinda half-arsed it and may not have paid in their full financial contributions to the project.
It only survived on-air for just over a year before running out of cash. By the end, there was a lack of advertisers (I guess fewer companies were looking to run big mulit-national ad campaigns 35 years ago).
In the mid-80s, the EBU formed a consortium with five of its members (NOS, ARD, RTE, RAI, and RTP) to launch a satellie channel. It was part funded by the European Commission and the aim, in part, seems to have been to help build a European identity.
*Tentatively pushes door open*
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