After receiving a public relations black eye by paying Casey Anthony $200,000 for photos in 2008, ABC News has decided to get out of the business of paying news subjects involved in exclusive interviews, reports Howard Kurtz at the Daily Beast.
ABC News will end the practice of buying photos or videos as a way of getting cooperation from news subjects, the story says.
"These licensing deals had become a crutch, and an unnecessary one," said ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider.
While the network stopped short of placing an absolute ban on the deals, it would take what the article calls "an extraordinary circumstance" to get approval for a licensing fee.
ABC’s $200,000 payment to Anthony surfaced last year during a court proceeding, the piece notes.