New York Times and BBC Announce Audio Content Agreement

Posted on April 5, 2002

New York Times Digital, the digital business unit of The New York Times Company, and BBC World Service, an international radio broadcaster, announced that the NYTimes.com website will incorporate links to BBC World Service English audio content. In the first agreement of its kind between the BBC World Service and a U.S. newspaper website, links to global news programs and hourly news bulletins from the BBC will be showcased on the international section of NYTimes.com.

Users will be able to access three BBC programs: Both World Update and The World are one hour long and are syndicated to U.S. public radio stations by Public Radio International. The New York Times Digital and the BBC are also in dicussions to expand this content relationship.

"This is the first significant agreement with a U.S. newspaper website for the provision of BBC content. It furthers an ongoing strategy of BBC World Service to build our reputation and profile by providing content to leading online news sites in significant territories around the world. We are already in discussions with New York Times Digital to widen the scope of the content provided," said Miles Palmer, head of business development, BBC World Service.

"This announcement represents a natural partnership between two of the highest quality news brands in the world," said Catherine Levene, vice president of strategy and business development for New York Times Digital. "Providing our users with in-depth global audio content from the BBC World Service will complement the high-quality journalism provided by The New York Times. We look forward to expanding our relationship with the BBC in coming months."

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