CBS Television and CBS Interactive plan to roll out their news-focused streaming service CBSN Local to all 13 major U.S. markets where they have local operations, the companies announced on Thursday afternoon.
As the name implies, CBSN Local is a local version of the company’s 24/7 digital channel that curates news based on geographical location. Currently, CBSN Local is available for Los Angeles and New York, which debuted in December and June, respectively.
CBSN Boston is expected to launch in the coming months, with CBSN San Francisco Bay Area scheduled to make its debut during later this year. The company expects all curated CBSN Local streams to be live by early 2020.
Additional markets include Chicago with local news content provided by WBBM-TV, Dallas-Ft. Worth (KTVT-TV), Philadelphia (KYW and WPSG-TV), Minneapolis-St. Paul (WCCO-TV), Denver (KCNC-TV), Miami (WFOR-TV), Sacramento (KOVR and KMAX-TV), Pittsburgh (KDKA and WPCW-TV) and Baltimore (WJZ-TV).
“The early success of CBSN New York and CBSN Los Angeles has exceeded our expectations,” president of CBS Television Stations Peter Dunn said. “It is clear there is significant demand for high-quality local news coverage on streaming services, and we are moving forward with excitement as we prepare to launch CBSN Local services in all 13 of our local news markets. Our accelerated rollout schedule ensures launches in all of these markets ahead of the 2020 political primaries and elections.”
“Access to reliable local news is a priority for our audiences from coast to coast,” executive vice president and general manager of CBS News Digital Christy Tanner said. “The ability to now provide our viewers with authoritative reporting on communities across America through individual streaming channels as we head into 2020 is a pivotal milestone in CBSN’s evolution as the premier 24/7 streaming news service.”