Dial-Global already has a big piece if the radio news pie with CBS Radio News, from the Westwood One merger. Now it will have even more to offer affiliates: The new 24/7 NBC News Radio network will feature top NBC News journalists. The Executive Producer is Elizabeth O’Connell. As part of the move, CNN Radio News is no longer going to be distributing news product in radio. NBC News Radio network will offer hourly, half-hourly, continuous breaking news and live coverage.
It will be distributed to radio stations nationwide by Dial Global and will give those stations access to the global resources of NBC News including: live simulcasts of breaking news from NBC and MSNBC, and reports from top NBC News correspondents including NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, Chief Justice Department Correspondent Pete Williams and Senior Investigative Correspondent Lisa Myers. NBC News Radio will also feature Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News” and David Gregory, host of “Meet the Press.”
“This alliance presents NBC News an opportunity to deliver our high-quality journalism to even more news consumers across the country through the expansive Dial Global network,” said NBC News President Steve Capus. “NBC News is already America’s number-one news network — now, through this new 24-hour radio news channel we can further expand our unparalleled reach and audience.”
“Through our new partnership with NBC News, we are proud to continue in the tradition of defining great moments for radio listeners across our country,” said Spencer Brown, Co-President/CEO of Dial Global.
Bart Tessler, EVP, News & Talk Programming, Dial Global, tells RBR-TVBR the network will launch with hundreds of affiliates. He comments more about the network and what it will bring to affiliates. Listen to the audio, below:
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RBR-TVBR observation: With the huge trend for FM stations moving to spoken word, there will likely be plenty of new takers for this 24/7 news network. The offering will especially compete with NPR, TRN’s America’s Radio News Network/America’s Morning News and ABC Radio News.