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BBC, Google plan global iPlayer site

THE BBC is in talks with Google about launching an international version of its hugely popular iPlayer, City A.M. has learnt.<br /><br />Director General Mark Thomson is leading negotiations with Google boss Eric Schmidt, which could see a global version of the internet TV service hosted on Google&rsquo;s YouTube. The two firms would then split advertising revenues, although a final agreement has yet to be reached.<br /><br />Unlike the short BBC clips that are currently available on YouTube, Thomson is proposing that full-length shows be carried on the international iPlayer. <br /><br />Analysts say such a deal would fit in with Google&rsquo;s strategy of replacing pirated videos with properly-licensed content.<br /><br />According to a source close to the talks, Thomson first aired the idea in a meeting with BBC director of future media and technology Erik Huggers last month, before approaching Schmidt with his proposals. The trio also discussed the plans at Google&rsquo;s Zeitgeist conference last week.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an ambitious plan &ndash; but that&rsquo;s why I like it,&rdquo; Thomson told Huggers.