Press release from ABC and Clear Channel:
NEW YORK, NY: July 24, 2013 — ABC and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment today announced a multi-faceted partnership that combines the power of TV and radio to deliver innovative and compelling content to iHeartRadio listeners. The partnership will bring top ABC News and entertainment programming to Clear Channel’s newly launched iHeartRadio Talk feature, which includes ABC News, “Nightline,” “20/20,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and exclusive content from “Good Morning America,” plus highlights from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The View.” iHeartRadio has a finger on the pulse of the most talented music acts in the country and will help select talent for “Good Morning America’s” 2014 Summer Concert Series. In addition, ABC will regularly showcase top iHeartRadio DJs on “Good Morning America.”
The agreement delivers on ABC’s dedication to expanding its network and channel brands across multiple platforms while connecting viewers with some of their favorite ABC shows via iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s industry-leading digital radio platform. Through the new iHeartRadio Talk feature, launching today in beta, each show will have a dedicated show page featuring the best highlights on-demand. In addition, “Good Morning America” will produce exclusive extras.
Under this multi-year deal iHeartRadio will become ABC’s premier digital radio partner for “Good Morning America,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The View,” and will be instrumental in identifying the hottest up-and-coming and established artists for “Good Morning America’s” 2014 Summer Concert Series — as well as providing the iHeartRadio DJ on “Good Morning America” beginning this fall.
“We’re excited to partner with ABC and to offer them the ability to expand their powerful brands and content across new platforms, taking advantage of the incredible reach of our radio and digital assets to generate massive awareness for their consumers,” said John Hogan, Chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “This partnership also emphasizes the value that ABC and Clear Channel place on innovative new relationships that further engage consumers by giving them the content they crave — and the mobility and convenience that they want.”
“We are proud to kick off our partnership with Clear Channel by joining iHeartRadio, and we look forward to delivering unique ABC content to iHeartRadio listeners, anytime, anywhere,” said Ben Sherwood, President of ABC News.
“Our collaboration with Clear Channel will expand ABC’s unmatched content to loyal viewers in the digital audio space while attracting iHeartRadio’s dedicated listeners to ABC’s top programs, including ‘Good Morning America,’” said Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager of ABC Radio. “This new partnership opens up incredible possibilities for cross promotion across radio and television as we work with Clear Channel to develop the 2014 ‘Good Morning America’ Summer Concert Series lineup and this fall’s iHeartRadio DJ on ‘Good Morning America.’ “
• iHeartRadio Talk is the Exclusive Digital Radio Platform for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The View:” In addition to ABC News short-form content including U.S., business, technology, political and international news and audio editions of “Nightline,” “20/20,” “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” iHeartRadio Talk will be the only digital radio platform on which listeners can hear highlights from “Good Morning America,” “The View” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” ABC will also create exclusive content for iHeartRadio Talk from “Good Morning America’s” contributors and guests.
• iHeartRadio/ “Good Morning America” (GMA) Integration: iHeartRadio will provide a weekly iHeartRadio DJ on “Good Morning America” segments beginning this fall. The weekly segment will feature an iHeartRadio DJ spinning hits in front of a studio audience and live on “Good Morning America.” ABC and Clear Channel will also work together to book artists for the highly anticipated “Good Morning America” 2014 Summer Concert Series.
• Cross Platform Promotion: Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will feature ABC shows in a nine-week fall promotional campaign and a nine-week spring promotional campaign, including digital, social, mobile and on-air promotion. ABC will promote “Good Morning America on iHeartRadio Talk” on its Times Square, New York Jumbotron throughout the partnership and via its ABC digital properties.