I’m always a bit nervous about reading any news article with “said to consider” or “possibly” or “just might gonna be” in the headline, but the NYT reports:
Over the last decade, CNN has held on-again, off-again talks with
both ABC News and CBS News about various joint ventures but during the
last several months, talks with CBS have been revived and lately
intensified, according to the executives who were granted anonymity
because of the confidential nature of the negotiations.
Broadly speaking, the executives described conversations about
reducing CBS’s newsgathering capacity while keeping its frontline
personalities, like Katie Couric, the CBS Evening News anchor, and paying a fee to CNN to buy the cable network’s news feeds.
Another possibility, these people said, would be that CBS would keep
its correspondents in a certain region but pair them with CNN crews.
Already, newspapers that compete with each other in local coverage use the same wire copy for national or international news. And already, local TV reporters read word-for-word the first few paragraphs of stories from the same wire services. But this is something new.