In my previous blog post about ABC Managing Director Mark Scott’s new media announcements at the Media140 conference today, I said that last night he could not answer the question about whether other commercial  news organisations – such as Crikey, News Limited and Fairfax – would be allowed to carry the ABC news feed made available through the “widgets” released today.

Scott just approached me in the foyer to say that he now had the answer. It’s open slather. The news feed – a taster service delivering headline and a few words – is available to anyone who wants it, News Limited included.

The ABC will reserve the right to withdraw the service from grossly inappropriate sites, such as those carrying pornography or race hate.

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