August 7, 2014
Among the assets that Cumulus Media purchased when it acquired Citadel Broadcasting back in 2011 were the syndication rights to ABC News Radio. Today, ABC News President James Goldston announced that, starting in January 2015, the network will take back control of distribution and marketing for ABC News Radio, as the clock runs out on that original deal with Cumulus Media, which now syndicates the network through its recently acquired Westwood One, along with CBS Radio News,NBC Radio News and it’s just announced “white label” news product powered by CNN NewsSource. Goldston also reports that a new alliance with Skyview Networks “will help us deliver our content and bolster our sales efforts.” Calling it a “new era” for the network Goldston added, “We’re taking these important steps now to work more closely with our terrific, long-standing station partners and better position us for digital audio growth in the future. I’m confident that with [ABC News Radio VP/GM] Steve Jones and his team leading the charge, there are exciting new opportunities and many more great days ahead at ABC Radio.” ABC News Radio currently airs on a reported 2,000+ affiliates nationwide.