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Monday, January 06, 2003

CNN, ABC NEWS, BBC: URGE TO MERGE
The long-rumored, but unlikely to happen, merger of CNN and ABC News into a new free-standing company is taking a new, unexpected twist. The British Broadcasting Corporation is set to enter the fray as an alternate partner for ABC News. The chief reason seems to be the BBC's fear of losing its current partnership deal with ABC, and thus one of its primary trans-Atlantic outlets.

Meanwhile, ABC News' original dance partner, CNN, is giving itself a facelift by cutting loose a bushel of on-air talent. I'm guessing people like Willow Bay and Garrick Utley just didn't have enough flava.