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Publisher buys school news channel

Linda Zecher is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s president and chief executive.

Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff.

Linda Zecher is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s president and chief executive.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a Boston company with a long history of publishing textbooks, said it has acquired Channel One News, a 25-year-old company that now transmits daily news programs to nearly 5 million upper elementary, middle, and high school students across the United States.

Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

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In recent years, Houghton Mifflin has been looking to build off its textbook heritage as it shifts into a digital education company.

The acquisition of Channel One News, Houghton said, represents a strategic investment “in the continued development of high-quality digital content for students, teachers, and parents across multiple modalities, and will bring significant video and cross-media production capabilities in-house.”

Channel One and its supplementary resources are designed to encourage conversations on current events and foster critical thinking, a press release noted.

“Channel One News is a long-time K-12 industry player that shares our commitment to high quality digital content and the importance of curiosity in learning,” Linda Zecher, Houghton’s chief executive, said in a statement.

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