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ABC, NBC launch news podcasts

ABC News launched podcasts of various news and entertainment shows. Podcasting is strictly an audio experience. (Photo illustration courtesy ABC News.)

ABC News and NBC News each plunged into the world of podcasting last week with plans to offer TV newscasts as on-demand audio programs over the Internet, CNET News reported.

Podcasting software allows listeners to download audio shows for free, play them on computers and digital music players when they want, and subscribe to updates. The term comes from Apple Computer’s digital music player, the iPod.

Podcasts via ABC
ABC News is now offering podcast versions of “Good Morning America,” “Nightline” and other programs via The network is also creating several podcast-only shows including “The AfterNote.” The show builds on “The Note,” the network’s morning newsletter, and will offer political commentary every evening. It also plans to deliver four one-hour podcast exclusives, including “Real Life Desperate Housewives with ABC’s John Stossel” and “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith - The End of an Era.”

Podcasts via NBC
NBC News plans to start podcasting hourly news updates from select cable and network programs in June. The podcasts will include highlights from prime time shows, including MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” It will feature business, political and technology headlines from and segments from “Today” and “NBC Nightly News.” The network plans to also create programs exclusively for the podcast as well.

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