CBS News and BBC News announced a new newsgathering deal that will enable the two organizations to share video, editorial content, and other resources. The deal replaces CBS’s prior partnership with Sky News and BBC’s with ABC News.
A BBC spokesperson explained the cut with ABC, “Having worked on an ad-hoc basis with CBS over the past few years, we have found that this matches the BBC’s current needs well, and thus we have decided to strengthen our relationship. We have had a long and fruitful partnership with ABC for many years and thank them for their years of hard work and expertise.”
A CBS News spokesperson did not respond to an inquiry as to why they decided to cut their deal with Sky News.
“CBS News is completely committed to original reporting around the world—a commitment clearly shared by the BBC,” CBS News president James Rhodes said in a statement.
“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 organizations.”
BBC Director of News James Harding said in a statement, “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.”
The arrangement takes effect immediately.