ABC News Ends Practice Of Paying Interview Subjects For Exclusive Access

The ABC News division is making some news of its own by acknowledging they will no longer dole out license fees for photos or videos to potential newsmakers, in exchange for exclusive access to then later conduct interviews with them. The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz reports that after several “black eyes,” including paying Casey Anthony $200,000 for photos in 2008 before she was charged with murder of her daughter, ABC News president Ben Sherwood has decided against allowing the practice to be used in the future.

ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider told Kurtz:

“We can book just about anyone based on the strength of our journalism, the excellence of our anchors, correspondents, and producers, and the size of our audience. These licensing deals had become a crutch, and an unnecessary one.”

Given that today’s ABC interview with the Dominique Strauss-Kahn accuser again raised questions regarding whether ABC offered any money for the access (they didn’t), it seems ABC is intent on removing the doubt observers might have over any of their future interviews. Therefore, newsmakers looking to make a quick buck off of their fifteen minutes of fame in the future, you can now cross one news network off of your list.

Check out the full story at The Daily Beast.

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