ABC News Radio To Move Distribution From Cumulus To Skyview
August 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM (PT)
ABC NEWS RADIO will be moving from CUMULUS MEDIA/WESTWOOD ONE to SKYVIEW NETWORKS for distribution. The move, effective in JANUARY, was announced to staff by ABC NEWS Pres. JAMES GOLDSTON in a memo TODAY (8/7).
GOLDSTON told ABC staffers, "Today we’re announcing the beginning of a new era at ABC 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. A new relationship with SKYVIEW NETWORKS will help us deliver our content and bolster our sales efforts as our distribution agreement with CUMULUS MEDIA comes to an end. These changes will help us invest in premium programming and continue to lead the industry in new ways to reach our loyal audience of over 50 million listeners a week ... I’m confident that with STEVE JONES and his team leading the charge, there are exciting new opportunities and many more great days ahead at ABC RADIO."
The move will bring to an end the network's relationship with the syndicator that evolved from the old ABC RADIO NETWORKS through sales to CITADEL and then CUMULUS and merger with DIAL GLOBAL/WESTWOOD ONE.