Publisher buys school news channel

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

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.”

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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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