CBS is planning rapid launches of its local CBSN streaming services
CBS is accelerating the rollout of its local versions of CBSN, its streaming news service.
CBSN will have local versions in a total of 13 markets where CBS owns and operates a station.
New York and Los Angeles are already online — with Boston and San Diego up for the fourth quarter on 2019.
The nine remaining services will launch by early 2020.
According to CBS, the launch schedule will allow the local networks to be up and running by 2020 political primaries and elections, including state and local races.
CBSN localized networks are will be launched at WBBM in Chicago, KYW in Philadelphia, KTVT in Dallas-Ft. Worth, KCNC in Denver, WCCO in Minneapolis-St. Paul, KOVR in Sacramento, California, KDKA in Pittsburgh, WFOR Miami and WJZ in Baltimore.
The exact order of the launch schedule, however, has not be released.
CBSN launched as a nationwide service featuring U.S. and international news in 2014. New York debuted in 2018 and Los Angles in early summer 2019.
All of the services, which are ad supported, are available via the network’s apps, most smart TV and streaming platforms as well as on CBSNews.com.
The CBSN local versions that have launched are co-located with CBS stations and simulcast the location’s stations normal newscast as well as offering separate newscasts exclusive to the service as well as rolling 24/7 anchored coverage.