ABC signs 3-year deal with LeadStory to secure video news content


LeadStory has signed a deal with ABC Australia, securing access to its library of video news content for the next three years, but the content will not appear on Flash despite talks with Foxtel over a licensing deal for its content at the end of last year.

LeadStory, an on-demand news streaming platform that launched late last year and launched its iOS app last month, has attracted a growing global audience with users in the United States, in Canada and Australia.

The company previously accessed a limited amount of ABC content through its partnership with Reuters, but the new arrangement expands that through the ABC Now platform.

LeadStory is co-founded by former broadcast journalist Cameron Price, formerly at Seven Network and Sky News, and software engineer Cheyne Wallace, formerly at AirTasker and UpGuard.


LeadStory Co-Founder and CEO Cameron Price said, “We are delighted to welcome ABC News to LeadStory. Our users demand compelling storytelling about the issues that matter to them, as well as instant access to breaking news and ABC is a natural fit to provide that.”

LeadStory, which is free, also allows users to follow major news stories from home and abroad, including the war in Ukraine and the soon-to-be Australian federal election.

“We’ve seen how popular Top Stories is with our users who want to research different perspectives of a story from various news outlets to give them the ‘full picture’. We expect the upcoming election campaign federal is no different and bringing ABC coverage into the mix is ​​key for our audience,” Price said.

The world’s leading video news aggregation platform brings together news from around the world, including CNBC, Al Jazeera, Euronews, Bloomberg, Reuters, France24, CBC (Canada), DW News, Ticker News and Fox News.


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