NBC News set for iTunes podcast

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NBC News said Monday that it will offer "NBC Nightly News" and "Meet the Press" via video podcast free on iTunes.

While NBC has been streaming its video on MSNBC.com and offering audio of both shows as audio podcasts, this will be the first time that both shows will be available for video download.

"NBC Nightly News" will be available every weeknight at 10 p.m. EST; "Meet the Press" will be available via video podcast at 1 p.m. EST, both after their West Coast airings. The "NBC Nightly News" video podcast begins today.

"It makes sense to provide the content to viewers in whatever format they prefer," MSNBC.com deputy editor Randy Stearns said. He said that MSNBC.com still believes that streaming ad-supported video-on-demand is what users want.

It will be the first full evening newscast available in a video podcast. ABC News began "World News Now" as a 15-minute daily newscast in January, and CBS News simulcasts "CBS Evening News" on the Web.

Meanwhile, ESPN said that it has begun offering podcasts of such local ESPN radio shows as "The Michael Kay Show" in New York and "The Big Show With Mason and Ireland" in Los Angeles. The content is now available at ESPN.com's PodCenter and also the iTunes music store as well as offering podcasts from ESPN Desportes Radio.
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