January will see the arrival of the much anticipated generic top of the hour news. Cumulus is dropping ABC News and Westwood One (owned by Cumulus) ended NBC Radio News on December 14th.
To save costs, Cumulus will be using and offering to competitors a generic “white label” newscast. The news package is being put together by CNN, but won’t carry the CNN name and won’t have recognizable reporters – if I get the concept.
ABC Radio News will move distribution to ABC TV (owned by Disney) and continue to be available on non-Cumulus stations, at least for now.