CBS Changes Name of Radio Division, Names New Managers

By Chris Ariens 

CBS Radio News is now known as CBS News Radio.

The division, launched in 1927 and home to broadcasting’s oldest news program, CBS News World Roundup, changed its name Monday as it also brings on new leadership and moves away from its longtime distributor Westwood One.

CBS News president David Rhodes announced the division is teaming up with Skyview Networks for distribution, inventory management and sales. “CBS News Radio will continue to provide the best original news reporting while also delivering individual service directly to affiliates to assure that our partners succeed in today’s changing marketplace,” said Rhodes announcing the deal with Skyview, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2018.

By then, CBS will likely no longer own any radio stations. In February, CBS entered into a deal to merge its 117 radio stations with Entercom creating a 244-station group with formats in music, sports and news/talk.

Following the merger, CBS News Radio will continue to produce news updates and programs which, if all goes well, will continue to be distributed on Entercom stations.

CBS News svp Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews also announced new leadership for the radio division as longtime general manager Constance Lloyd retires. Craig Swagler and Linda Coombs will take over leadership duties reporting to Ciprian-Matthews. Coombs will be director of operations, running day-to-day management, while Swagler oversees the business side, taking on the duties of general manager.