Viacom returns Stewart, Colbert to Hulu

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Viacom is returning popular comedy shows The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report to online video service Hulu in a deal that will also make other programs available to paying subscribers.

Under their agreement, the two comedy shows, part of Comedy Central, will be available on the ad-supported free version of Hulu and on its paid subscription service.

Viacom had withdrawn the two shows from Hulu last year amid a series of high-profile disputes over programming fees between broadcast companies and the companies delivering the content.

Other Viacom shows, like Jersey Shore, Teen Mom 2 and Manswers, will be also be available on Hulu's subscription service. The two companies did not disclose their financial terms in a release announcing the deal on Wednesday.

Hulu, backed by Walt Disney Co, General Electric Co's, NBC, News Corp and Providence Equity Partners, officially launched its Hulu Plus subscription service in November.

(Reporting by Noel Randewich; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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