ABC Radio News Promises Expanded Operations
ABC Radio News will have a new distribution
partner come Jan. 1, Skyview Networks. Its distribution agreement with Cumulus
Media will end.
ABC says this new arrangement will allow the broadcaster to
expand its radio operations
to invest in new programming and distribute and market its own content to approximately
2,000 affiliates as well as
digital services like iHeartRadio
and Slacker Radio.
News Radio is part of the The Disney/ABC Television Group. ABC
News President James Goldston wrote to staff in a memo that was distributed to trade media this
morning: “We’re taking these
important steps now to work more closely with our terrific, longstanding
station partners and better position us for digital audio growth in the future.” He called it a new era at ABC Radio.
Goldston, who was named
president of ABC News in April, is responsible for ABC News programs on the ABC
Television Network, ABC News Radio, ABC News.com and ABC News NOW. Steve
Jones is VP and GM of ABC News Radio.
“Starting in January we’re
going to expand our operations to invest in new programming, take control
of distributing and marketing our content and deepen
our affiliate relationships,” Goldston wrote.