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LIN Television to Partner with YouTube

LIN Television is partnering with YouTube to launch dedicated YouTube channels for its 31 stations. The sites will feature a mix of news content from the station and user-generated video.

One LIN manager with knowledge of the project said the channels should be in place by the end of the year, although a LIN spokesperson would not confirm that.

“We’re still going through the process,” said the spokesperson. “We do have a relationship with YouTube, and we hope to launch something soon.”

The project is similar to what Hearst-Argyle launched this past summer. Five stations, including WCVB Boston and WBAL Baltimore, debuted the channels in June. A total of 16 Hearst-Argyle stations now feature YouTube channels.

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.