Westwood One preps stations for news change

By on Oct, 15 2014 with Comment 1

Westwood-One-LOGO-2014NBC News Radio will no longer be under the Westwood One umbrella as of 12/15/14. Stations will be offered Westwood One News in its place, produced in collaboration with CNN.

Westwood One sent the following to all of is NBC affiliates:

Dear Westwood One Affiliate,

We will soon begin providing Westwood One News, our locally branded and full-service news network powered by CNN that offers stations enhanced programming, correspondent reports and news features. Westwood One news is designed to help stations integrate their local branding into newscasts with greater flexibility, including selecting one to five minute newscasts based on affiliate needs and preferences.

As part of our commitment to providing innovative flexibility for stations, this next-generation news product will include headlines, special reports, correspondent two-ways, newsmaker sound bites and other news elements your listeners expect – all powered by CNN and featuring your local branding.

Effective as of 12am ET Monday, December 15, 2014, NBC News Radio, including radio newscasts and other programming and elements, will no longer be produced and distributed by Westwood One.  To ease in your transition, satellite channels will not change for stations switching to Westwood One News.  Your announcements, news reports and actualities will be available at news.westwoodone.com.

We look forward to bringing the exciting Westwood One News product to market. If you have any questions, please contact your Westwood One News representative Jim Jones at 202-895-2339.  Otherwise, we will be in touch over the next few weeks to discuss your affiliation.

As always, thank you for your continued affiliation with Westwood One.

Sincerely,

Dennis Green

Senior Vice-President, Affiliate Sales

 

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  1. Scott Gilbert Says:

    I wonder how well this will work, what with CNN having their resources slashed by their parent company starting now. I wonder if Westwood One knew about this when they made their deal with CNN.