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BBC and CBS announce news partnership

13 July 2017
BBC and CBS announce news partnership

BBC News and CBS News have announced a new editorial and news gathering partnership, replacing the BBC’s previous agreement with ABC News.

This new deal allows both organisations to share video, editorial content, and additional newsgathering resources in New York, London, Washington and around the world.

The BBC says the relationship will also allow for “efficient planning of newsgathering resources to increase the content of each broadcaster’s coverage of world events.”

James Harding, BBC director of news and current affairs, said: “There’s never been a more important time for smart, courageous coverage of what’s happening in the world.

“This new partnership between the BBC and CBS News is designed to bring our audiences – wherever you live, whatever your point of view – news that is reliable, original and illuminating. Our ambition is to deliver the best in international reporting on television. We’re really looking forward to working together.”

David Rhodes, CBS News president, added: “CBS News is completely committed to original reporting around the world – a commitment clearly shared by the BBC.

“There’s no better partner to strengthen and extend our global coverage than BBC News. I look forward to working with James Harding as we increase the capabilities of both organisations.”

Sharing of content between BBC News and CBS News will begin immediately. Additional newsgathering components will be rolled out in the coming months.

This new partnership replaces the BBC’s current arrangement with ABC News.

Speaking of that partnership, Harding said: “Our relationship with ABC has been long and fruitful. We have worked side by side on some of the most significant stories of our time on both sides of the Atlantic, from the attack on the Twin Towers to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. We wish ABC well and would like to thank them for many years of hard work and expertise.”

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