YouTube Takes Original Programming Venture Abroad

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YouTube is taking its original programming venture to Europe, announcing a slew of new partnerships aimed at internationalizing its array of tailor-made videos with content from Britain's BBC, London-based FreemantleMedia, Netherland's Endemol, and dozens of others.

The Google Inc.-owned video site said Monday it is launching more than 60 new video channels with content from Britain, Germany, France, and the United States.

The new programming will be in addition to the 100 channels of content launched in the United States last year. Like the pre-existing American offerings, the European channels will have a mix of celebrity-centered, niche, and established media programming.