Chicago TV News Startups Still Up In The Air

The coronavirus pandemic threatens to delay the launch of two ambitious new Chicago-based television news operations in the coming months. CBS-owned WBBM had announced plans to roll out CBSN Local, a 24/7 streaming news service, by the end of March. But in light of everything else going on, Officials said Monday they don’t know when the service will start. Questions also surround the launch of a live daily national newscast on WGN America, the Chicago-based cable network owned by Nexstar Media Group.

CBS To Accelerate Launch Of CBSN Local

CBSN Local Services will be live in all 13 major markets where CBS has local news operations by early next year.

CBS Launches Local News Streaming Services

CBSN Local services will feature local news content produced by CBS Owned Stations. CBSN New York will be first, launching during the fourth quarter of 2018.