Publishers and TV Networks Feud Over Streaming Feed Ahead of Conventions

On the eve of the Republican National Convention, a dispute has broken out between the five national television networks that have traditionally pooled resources to provide live video from key political events and the online news publishers who rely on that signal for their streaming platforms.

The networks – ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News and NBC News — recently informed news outlets that aren’t members of the “pool” they will have to begin paying significant new fees in return for access to live coverage, not just at the conventions but debates, presidential press conferences, and many other events.

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