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ABC & BBC In Digital Distribution Deal

“The British Broadcasting Corp. will make about 40 video news clips available daily in the United States and Canada for Internet and cell phone subscribers through a deal with ABC News,” the AP reports. “BBC News producers will choose segments on top world and U.K. news, along with topical items such as entertainment, business and technology news. ABC did not say when it will begin offering the clips.”

“This is the first time an American news network has united with an international news organization to control content offerings,” B&C says. It “expands an established relationship between ABC News and the BBC that began in 1994,” ABC’s press release said today. Quotes after the jump…


“ABC News has enjoyed a long and beneficial relationship with the BBC in newsgathering,” said David Westin, president of ABC News. “We are pleased to be expanding that relationship into the new, digital world.”

“The demand for BBC content in the United States is growing all the time,” said Richard Sambrook, director of the BBC’s Global News division. “ABC News, with its track record of high journalistic standards and technological innovation, is a natural partner for us as we begin to meet that demand.”

“ABC News and the BBC share a desire to reach consumers anytime, on any device and anywhere across the globe,” said Bernard Gershon, senior vice president and general manager of the ABC News Digital Media Group. “Together, we look forward to meeting this mutual goal.”

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