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Talk of CBS, CNN Resource-Sharing Talks Spark Rumors, Denials

Apr 7, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Conversations between CBS News and CNN about sharing off-air resources in Baghdad appear to have fallen apart, but not before turning into overblown rumors with exaggerated and incorrect implications.
“We’re extremely satisfied with and proud of our newsgathering. No outside arrangements are being negotiated,” a CBS spokeswoman said Monday night, after a headline on the Web’s Drudge Report alleged CBS News was talking about outsourcing its reporting to CNN.
A CNN spokeswoman said the cable network does not comment on “speculative business matters.”
The two news organizations have talked about various ways to share resources, save expenses and give each other what they currently lack: a 24-hour cable outlet for CBS News and a high-profile stable of broadcast talent for CNN.
However, the talks have always broken down.
Sources familiar with the most recent discussions, which were said not to have involved any on-air reporting resources but were aimed at paring basic expenses in Iraq, said that has happened again.
CBS News’ “60 Minutes” had been the beneficiary of an agreement where CNN’s globetrotting correspondent Christiane Amanpour contributed an occasional piece to the CBS News magazine show. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper currently contributes to “60 Minutes.”
(Updated at 10:30 a.m., adds CNN comment)

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