ABC Begins Selling News Clips on iTunes (Copycats of NBC)

ABC Begins Selling News Clips on iTunes (Copycats of NBC) 1ABC has begun selling archived news clips on Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes Music Store, betting that users will pay $1.99 to watch the network’s coverage of such news events as the O.J. Simpson car chase and President Nixon’s resignation.

The move expands ABC’s video offerings on iTunes beyond entertainment programming such as “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost,” which it began selling last October. The move also puts the network into competition with General Electric Co.’s NBC News, which began selling some archived news content on iTunes in May.

Walt Disney Co.’s ABC is offering footage of historic events, including the Challenger space-shuttle disaster, as well as celebrity interviews. Clips range from about 18 minutes to 40 minutes, and, like other iTunes downloads, can be viewed on a computer or an iPod portable player.