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ABC to Offer Online News Player to Station Web Sites

Sep 25, 2006  •  Post A Comment

ABC plans to offer an ABC News online video player to its 200-plus affiliates that will include clips from news shows such as “World News With Charles Gibson” and “Good Morning America” on the stations’ Web sites.

Under the deal, ABC News will provide national news content for the broadband player, and in the coming months affiliates can add local content to the player, ABC said. Stations will promote the player on-air and online.

ABC has been making nice with affiliates after it bypassed them last year in its game-changing deal to sell show episodes on Apple Computer’s iTunes store. In the past several months, ABC has found ways to include affiliates in its online video efforts. For instance, earlier this month the broadcaster inked a deal for affiliates to feature the ABC.com video player for streaming ABC’s prime-time shows on their Web sites and for stations to sell local ads in the player.