ITN inks PBS news pact

LONDON — Independent Television News has struck a deal to provide a daily one-hour newscast to a consortium of leading PBS stations.

ITN, the news supplier for the U.K.’s ITV web and Channel 4, will produce “WorldWatch,” a package of four 15-minute news bulletins on international events. This will air each weekday morning on public stations in all the major markets, including New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The show will be made in London and anchored by Arthur Kent, the former NBC foreign correspondent who became known as the “scud stud” for his reporting on the Gulf War.

“World Watch” is scheduled to launch in mid-1998, giving the international perspective on world events, and showing how American news stories are viewed by the rest of the world.

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