ABC News has signed on with Skyview Networks to distribute and market ABC News radio content.
The new arrangement, which begins in January, comes as ABC’s distribution agreement with Cumulus Media comes to an end. Cumulus, in its current state, is made up of many radio assets once owned by ABC. Disney sold off its ABC radio properties in 2007, even as ABC News continued producing radio content for 2,000 stations around the country, reaching 50 million listeners.
ABC News president James Goldston says the new deal “will help us deliver our content and bolster our sales effort. 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,” Goldston says.
Steve Jones, VP and General Manager of ABC Radio, will oversee the transition. ABC News Radio was recently honored with two Edward R. Murrow awards for journalistic excellence.
Skyview Networks, which specializes in news and sports programming, was formed in 1995 and provides distribution, inventory management and content for its radio partners.