BBC News and CBS News enter editorial and newsgathering relationship

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BBC News and CBS News announced today a new editorial and newsgathering relationship that will significantly enhance the global reporting capabilities of both organisations. The announcement was made by BBC Director of News and Current Affairs James Harding and CBS News President David Rhodes.

This new deal allows both organisations to share video, editorial content, and additional newsgathering resources in New York, London, Washington and around the world. The relationship between BBC News and CBS News will also allow for efficient planning of newsgathering resources to increase the content of each broadcaster’s coverage of world events.

James Harding, BBC Director of News and Current Affairs, says: “There’s never been a more important time for smart, courageous coverage of what’s happening in the world.

“This new partnership between the BBC and CBS News is designed to bring our audiences – wherever you live, whatever your point of view – news that is reliable, original and illuminating. Our ambition is to deliver the best in international reporting on television. We’re really looking forward to working together.”

David Rhodes, CBS News President, says: “CBS News is completely committed to original reporting around the world – a commitment clearly shared by the BBC.

“There’s no better partner to strengthen and extend our global coverage than BBC News. I look forward to working with James Harding as we increase the capabilities of both organisations.”

Sharing of content between BBC News and CBS News will begin immediately. Additional newsgathering components will be rolled out in the coming months.

The partnership builds on a relationship that dates back to the early days of television and radio news. Legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow delivered many of his famed reports from Studio B4 at BBC’s London headquarters. Murrow discussed his fondness for his work at the BBC’s studio B4, including a microphone he kept in New York with the BBC logo he used covering World War II.

This new partnership replaces the BBC’s current arrangement with ABC News.

James Harding says: “Our relationship with ABC has been long and fruitful. We have worked side by side on some of the most significant stories of our time on both sides of the Atlantic, from the attack on the Twin Towers to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. We wish ABC well and would like to thank them for many years of hard work and expertise.”

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5 thoughts on “BBC News and CBS News enter editorial and newsgathering relationship

  1. Keith Perron

    The relationship between the BBC and CBS goes back to the 1950s. When BBC Newsreel would get footage from CBS to use on the program. In the 70s, 80s and 90s it was CBS Home Video that released BBC content in the US.

    It will not reduce journalists. The BBC has often used CBS resources just as CBS has also used the BBC’s resources. No job will be cut.

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  2. Ross

    I trust that the Beeb continues a very long tradition of “comparatively “unbiased reporting listened to by millions around the world on a daily basis particularly in the 40’50’ and 60’s for truth in news.
    I’m not so sure that the 3 large American networks have do the same.
    No doubt there will be a reduction in journalists on both sides.

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