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Fox, Gannett and Scripps Share in Tampa

Tampa stations WTVT (Fox), WFTS (Scripps) and WTSP (Gannett) have created a local news service to share video in Tampa. The arrangement starts today and "will help the stations reduce costs through a pooling of video newsgathering resources and will allow each to strengthen their focus on specialized enterprise reporting," the stations said in a statement. The three will continue to operate independently in all other aspects of their businesses.

An independent managing editor will determine the stories to be covered each day by the news service and arrange the collection and delivery of the video footage for each of the participating stations.

The Big Four station not involved in the Tampa share is Media General's WFLA, which is part of Media General's newspaper/TV/Web collective known as Florida Communications Group.

Stations are increasingly looking for share partners on general news events to cut costs. Fox- and Scripps-owned stations are also sharing in Detroit and Phoenix.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.