BBC News Inks Yahoo Video-Distribution Deal for North America

BBC News digital-video dispatches will be available to Yahoo users in the U.S. and Canada starting this month, under a new syndication pact between the two.

Content under deal will focus on BBC News’ short-form video content, with a particular focus on international news, science, technology and business reporting drawn from the BBC’s global site, BBC.com. Yahoo will have access to about 200 BBC News clips on a monthly basis.

Yahoo has similar pacts with news partners including ABC News, Reuters and Associated Press.

“Extending our partnership with Yahoo to North America offers a great opportunity for us to further extend our relationship with online users and give more of them access to our award-winning journalism,” said Gail Jammy, BBC Global News head of business development.

Yahoo’s video lineup has included a blend of news — including interviews and reports from Katie Couric — plus sports, entertainment and live events such as concerts through its deal with Live Nation.

The company has dipped into longer-form original scripted entertainment, most notably with the pickup of “Community” season 6 after NBC’s cancellation of the show. But the future of that strategy is murky after Yahoo chief marketing officer Kathy Savitt, who had overseen the original series, departed the Internet company last month to join STX Entertainment.

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