ABC offers Beeb on demand

Deal negotiated by pubcaster's commercial arm

ABC News has inked an exclusive deal to distribute BBC News on demand via broadband and wireless applications in the U.S.

The BBC will offer approximately 40 on-demand reports per day.

“ABC News has enjoyed a long and beneficial relationship with the BBC in newsgathering,” said David Westin, prexy of ABC News. “We are pleased to be expanding that relationship into the new, digital world.”

“The demand for BBC content in the United States is growing all the time,” said Richard Sambrook, director of the BBC’s Global News division. “ABC News … is a natural partner for us as we begin to meet that demand.”

The deal was negotiated by the pubcaster’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, and marks the first time a U.S. news network has joined an international news org to leverage content offerings.

The BBC’s news from its radio and TV channels also is available on its Web site, http://www.BBC.co.uk

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