CBS News adding John Dickerson-helmed streaming newscast

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CBS News Streaming Network will add an hour-long evening newscast featuring John Dickerson Sept. 6, 2022.

CBS News Prime Time with John Dickerson” will begin airing nightly at 7 p.m. eastern on the network’s 24-hour news streamer.

The network says the broadcast will be designed to dig deeper into the headlines with context and interviews.

Dickerson is a big “get” for the streaming network — although “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell hosts “Eye to Eye” interview segments for it, it’s not a live or daily offering.

Rival news streamer NBC News Now currently offers “Top Story with Tom Llamas” at 7 p.m. eastern, while ABC News Live features “ABC News Live Prime with Lindsey Davis” at the same time, so Dickerson is entering an already crowded field.

While most CBS News programs lag in traditional ratings, the network was an early pioneer in news streaming, first launching its offering under the name CBSN in 2014.

None of the three streaming services publicly release viewership data, so it’s hard to tell how the ratings currently stand between ABC and NBC’s digital offerings at 7 p.m. and what CBS will need to do to come out on top.

Other big names from networks who have ventured into streaming include NBC’s Chuck Todd, whose “MTP Daily” moved to NBC News Now under the name “Meet the Press Now.” Correspondent and anchor Hallie Jackson also has a streaming-only show.