ABC News is planning to cut down significantly on the number of interviews it gets via the paying of license fees, according to The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz.
According to Kurtz, the decision to limit the license fees came after new ABC News chief Ben Sherwood decided that the practice was something of a black eye on the news division. ABC paid more than $200,000 to the family of Casey Anthony during the trial, and more recently paid money to a woman who corresponded with Anthony Weiner. An ABC News spokesperson tells TVNewser that Sherwood had been thinking about implementing the change for some time.
When asked for comment, spokesman Jeffrey Schneider confirmed the new policy, saying: “We can book just about anyone based on the strength of our journalism, the excellence of our anchors, correspondents and producers, and the size of our audience. These licensing deals had become a crutch, and an unnecessary one.”