Syndication is coming back with a vengeance in this new frugal reality for the news industry: first the recent announcements about newspapers sharing copy in their local areas — the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram being one example; and now, it is coming to TV. One of the first major examples: starting next month, ABC News, part of Disney (NYSE: DIS), will rely on the BBC for reporting, correspondents and support staff for breaking news in Iraq, according to an internal e-mail by David Westin, president of ABC News, picked up by B&C.
ABC News will continue to operate a bureau there, though there will be no full-time correspondent. Also, Martha Raddatz will continue to do her recurring “Where Things Stand” series of embedded reports with U.S. forces, the story says.
The two news orgs have been working together for a while, and this is an expansion of this relationship. BBC has extensive news operations in Iraq, as one would expect. Expect such non-exclusive arrangements to proliferate this year across all kinds of media orgs, including, as someone’s predicting, even magazines.