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BBC News and The Press Association to Trial Distribution New Arrangement

8 January 2004

BBC News and The Press Association to Trial Distribution Arrangement


BBC News and The Press Association (PA) have announced today the start of a trial service to deliver raw BBC News material to broadcasters outside the UK on the day of transmission. The Press Association would, on behalf of BBC News, distribute and license on-the-day natural sound material from the Breakfast, One O'clock, Six O'clock and Ten O'clock News programmes.

Commenting on the agreement, Adrian van Klaveren, Head of Newsgathering, BBC News said, "We are happy to trial this service as we have for some time been asked by other broadcasters for better access to our material. This trial with the PA will allow us to cater to that need in a way that benefits all involved and helps us make the most of the pictures we shoot around the world."

Sean Curtis-Ward, Head of TV and Radio, The Press Association, added, "We are delighted to trial on-the-day delivery of BBC News material. This trial extends our existing deal with BBC Worldwide to distribute footage 24 hours after transmission, a service we have been successfully providing since June 2003. Our relationship with BBC News reinforces our position as a central distribution service for all broadcasters and a multimedia news agency."

Broadcasters interested in purchasing BBC News footage should contact The Press Association's broadcasting department on 020 7963 7474.

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Notes to Editors All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview http://www.bbc.co.uk/digital/, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable. Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services from BBCi, as well as 11 national BBC radio networks For more information on this announcement, please visit www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice or for more information about BBC News please visit www.bbc.co.uk/news.

The Press Association is a customer-focused group of news, information and communications businesses and the UK's leading provider of real time news and sports information. As the national news agency for the UK and Ireland, The Press Association is at the heart of the media industry, supplying services to every national and regional daily newspaper, broadcasters, online publishers and a wide range of commercial organisations. The Press Association is a private company with 27 shareholders, most of whom are national and regional newspaper publishers. The biggest shareholders are Associated Newspaper Holdings Limited, News International plc, Trinity Mirror plc and United Business Media plc. Founded in 1868, The Press Association has an unrivalled reputation for providing fast, accurate and impartial information. Visit The Press Association website for more information at www.pa.press.net . To view The Press Association's Video News Library please visit www.tvnewsclips.press.net

Press Contact Details

Peter Roberts Publicity Manager, BBC

Direct Line: 020 8576 8648 Email: peter.roberts@bbc.co.uk

Elizabeth Castle Marketing and Communications Executive The Press Association

Tel: 020 7963 7528 Email: elizabeth.castle@pa.press.net Registered Address: PA News Ltd, 292 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1AE.