Disney CEO Robert Iger acknowledged that ABC News is "disadvantaged" by not having a cable news outlet like NBC and Fox but said it only puts pressure on ABC's website to become a viable news alternative by providing "better content." "The need for old media to adapt is incredibly keen these days, critical actually," Iger told a New York breakfast meeting organized by the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. "I don't know if ABC News will get there or not, but they're going to try very hard with the significant support of the company." Iger also said that he had had discussions years ago about a partnership with CNN but they had come to naught because CNN at the time was talking about a "true joint venture" and not "outsourcing" news as it may do with CBS. (CBS on Monday denied a New York Times report suggesting that a deal with CBS and CNN was being negotiated.)




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