Court TV, ABC pair up for crime

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NEW YORK — Don’t be surprised if you see Ted Koppel on Court TV.

The court cabler has partnered with ABC News’ “Nightline” to produce crime and justice programming.

As part of the arrangement, Court TV’s “Crime Stories” will air “Women in Prison,” two one-hour re-edited and newly narrated broadcasts drawn from “Nightline”‘s six-part series “Crime and Punishment: Women in Prison.” Koppel will report and narrate the two hours, which includes footage shot for the original series but not shown on it.

“An opportunity to reap the benefits of Ted Koppel’s exhaustive research for a tailor-made program for Court TV is a terrific chance to offer our viewers valuable insight into the world behind bars,” said Art Bell, exec VP, programming and marketing, Court TV.

Court TV will continue to work with “Nightline” to try to create original shows based on ABC News reporting, Bell said.

Meanwhile, Court TV recently extended a similar multiyear deal with “Dateline NBC.” Such arrangements give newsmags cheap access to content, while cablers get free brand and program promotion as well as the chance to reach more viewers. “It gives us a great shot to brand ourselves with NBC,” Bell said.

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