LordSnooty writes: The BBC reports on a deal they've signed with Youtube that paves the way for BBC 'channels' on the video-sharing website. From the article: "Three YouTube channels — one for news and two for entertainment — will showcase short clips of BBC content. The BBC hopes that the deal will help it reach YouTube's monthly audience of more than 70 million users and drive extra traffic to its own website. The corporation will also get a share of the advertising revenue generated by traffic to the new YouTube channels." Here's the best bit: "[The BBC's director of Future Media and Technology] Ashley Highfield said the BBC would not be hunting down all BBC-copyrighted clips already uploaded by YouTube members — although it would reserve the right to swap poor quality clips with the real thing, or to have content removed that infringed other people's copyright. 'We don't want to be overzealous, a lot of the material on YouTube is good promotional content for us'." For a long time the BBC and Highfield have held a pragmatic view of the use of the Internet and media content, long may it continue.