CBSN is a streaming video news channel operated by the CBS News and CBS Interactive divisions of ViacomCBS, which launched on November 6, 2014. CBSN is designed primarily as an online-oriented service; it is distributed solely through the website, mobile apps, and via apps for digital media player devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku, rather than traditional platforms such as television, broadcast or otherwise. Since September 21, 2015, some CBSN segments are repurposed on the CBS television network as part of CBS Overnight News.

LaunchedNovember 6, 2014 (2014-11-06)
NetworkCBS News
CBS Interactive
Owned byViacomCBS
Picture format720p (HD)
Downscaled to:
SloganCBS News. Always on.
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaWorldwide
HeadquartersCBS Broadcast Center
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Sister channel(s)CBS
CBS All Access
CBS Sports Network
CBS Sports HQ
Streaming media
Amazon Fire TVCBS News app
Apple TVCBSN channel
RokuCBS News app[1]
XBMC & KodiCBSN live
Windows StoreCBS News app
MobileCBS News app
iOS, Windows[2] and Android (Chromecast)
Pluto TVchannel 236
HuluInternet Protocol Television
Fubo TVInternet Protocol Television
XumoInternet Protocol Television

The ad-supported service primarily features content from CBS News along with other CBS-owned properties, hosted during much of the day by various CBS News personalities, along with coverage of breaking news and live events. CBSN also serves as a timeshift channel, carrying some CBS News programs on a short delay. CBSN is designed primarily to appeal to a younger audience with a format allowing viewers to watch it as a live, linear stream, or to watch program segments on-demand.


Rumors that CBS News was preparing a 24-hour online news service were first reported by BuzzFeed in October 2013, and later confirmed by a CBS spokesperson who stated that the company was seeking "partners" for the service. Initial reports suggested that the service would consist of a linear, multi-platform streaming channel, featuring video content from other CBS News productions, along with other online-exclusive content; The New York Times likened the rumored format to an all-news radio station, combining pre-recorded video content with regular, live news updates.[3] On May 15, 2014, CBS Corporation CEO Leslie Moonves confirmed in an interview with Bloomberg Television that the company was working on the service. Describing it as an "exciting alternative to cable news", he went on to say that "there is so much information that we get every day that doesn’t fit into a 22-minute newscast at 6:30 or CBS This Morning."[4]

In October 2014, Capital New York reported that CBS had recently filed for trademarks on the name CBSN as a potential name for the service. It also reported that the content would take place in an informal newsroom setting, and that its interface would consist of a video player with a playlist on a sidebar, and feature social network integration.[5] On November 5, 2014, during a Re/code conference in Dublin, CBS Interactive President Jim Lanzone announced that the service would officially launch on November 6, 2014.[6][7] CBS News President David Rhodes explained that CBSN was not designed to compete directly with traditional pay-television news outlets, but to "create something that is native for connected devices", such as smartphones, tablets, and digital media players.[5]

There was also an emphasis placed on targeting younger viewers, particularly those who are in places with little or no access to television, or those who do not subscribe to pay television at all.[5] As opposed to CNNGo, a similarly-formatted TV Everywhere service introduced by CNN prior to the launch of CBSN,[5] CBSN is available at no charge and does not require users to authenticate with a subscription to a pay television provider. Rhodes argued that requiring authentication would hamper the service's viewership. CBSN uses commercial breaks similar to a conventional television channel; and Microsoft were among the service's initial advertisers.[8][9]


The success of CBSN led CBS to launch CBS Sports HQ, a similar service devoted to sports news, on February 26, 2018.[10]

ET Live, a service based on CBS-produced syndicated program Entertainment Tonight, was launched on October 31, 2018.[11]

CBSN Local

Following the successful launches of CBSN and other streaming services, CBS created local, direct-to-consumer extensions of CBSN run by CBS Local, in order to bring streaming anchored local and national news coverage across all CBS Television Stations on a 24/7 basis.[12] The services stream existing CBSN national coverage in conjunction with live streams of local broadcasts and continuing coverage performed by the owned-and-operated stations.[13] All services are supported by ad revenue.[14] All CBSN Local services are planned to be added to CBS All Access in their respective markets.[14]

Free streaming service Pluto TV began carrying CBSN New York and CBSN Los Angeles, as well as ET Live, on its lineup starting in November 2019; it already carried the main CBSN service. The carriage came as Pluto TV was in the process of becoming a sister property to CBS as part of CBS Corporation's merger with Viacom,[15] which was completed on December 4, 2019.[16]

As of December 2019, CBS Local operates streaming services in five markets.

Service Launch date Notes
CBSN New York December 13, 2018[13] Programming led by WCBS and WLNY.[12]
CBSN Los Angeles June 10, 2019[17] Programming led by KCBS and KCAL.[17]
CBSN Boston September 24, 2019[14] Programming led by WBZ and WSBK.[14]
CBSN Bay Area November 18, 2019[18] Programming led by KPIX and KBCW.[18]
CBSN Minnesota December 12, 2019[19] Programming led by WCCO.[19]

By early 2020, CBS plans to launch CBSN Local services across the remaining markets featuring an owned-and-operated station that does not yet operate the streaming service.[18]


CBS News is a phenomenal organization that has bureaus across the world, and producing a ton of content of which we don't have enough air time to put it on. So, since we do not have a cable news network, and since the world is going online, we have the ability to put on a 24-hour news channel with anchors live, with plenty of content at not a great cost.

Leslie Moonves, speaking to CNBC.[20]

According to Moonves, CBSN is designed primarily to leverage the resources of CBS News and other CBS-owned entities to "create exciting, highly competitive new services that meet evolving audience preferences for content consumption"; viewers can watch CBSN live as a linear service, or watch previous segments on-demand.[21]

CBSN features anchored programming on weekdays from 5 a.m. to midnight Eastern Time (ET)[22]. The service draws content from CBS News along with other CBS properties, such as CBS Sports, CNET, Entertainment Tonight, and CBS affiliated television stations. It airs a looping broadcast of the CBS Morning News from 5 to 7 a.m. ET, morning show CBSN AM from 7 to 8 a.m. ET, and segments from CBS This Morning Monday through Saturday at 8 a.m. ET, one hour after the live East Coast television broadcast. CBSN also features the CBS Milestone segments, showcasing classic stories and interviews from CBS News programs such as Face the Nation. Both Face the Nation and CBS News Sunday Morning are carried on the channel in their entirety on a half-hour delay from the East Coast network feed and again during the West Coast late morning hours. Although marketed as featuring live programming, CBSN primarily uses hour-long "news wheels" updated throughout the day, but recorded programs can be interrupted to cover of breaking news and live events when needed.[21][23]

CBSN airs hour-long blocks of live news weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m., 1 to 2 p.m., and 7 to 8 p.m. ET, which is then incorporated into the "news wheel". On December 4, 2017, CBSN began streaming the "Western Edition" of the CBS Evening News weekdays at 10 p.m. ET, immediately following its West Coast television broadcast. In early 2018, Jeff Glor began inserting a specialized opening and closer for CBSN. Live coverage on weekends is branded as CBS Weekend News (sharing the title with the weekend evening news program on the CBS television network), beginning at noon ET, anchored by Reena Ninan on Saturdays and Elaine Quijano on Sundays. Weekend coverage is simulcast on the CBS network during the timeslot previously occupied by the CBS Evening News. During the overnight hours and weekends, live news updates are provided by CBS News Radio at the top of each hour.

Often during breaking news events, CBSN will also show the feed of the local CBS affiliate in the market of the breaking news and show the affiliate's live coverage of the event to complement their own main coverage with CBS News. CBSN resources have also since been leveraged by CBS's linear news programming; CBS Weekend News launched in May 2016 to replace the weekend editions of CBS Evening News, and is staffed primarily by CBSN anchors and other CBS News journalists.[24][25]

CBSN carries original programs not available elsewhere, such as Red & Blue with Elaine Quijano and The Takeout with Major Garrett. (The audio feed of The Takeout is carried on WCBS.) Live reports are often followed by additional discussion with reporters in the field, giving more context and depth than other news outlets. Hosted interviews with analysts, newsmakers, and reporters are also part of the regular news coverage.




As its launch, hosted segments on CBSN were anchored by Don Dahler, Elaine Quijano, Jeff Glor, Michelle Miller, and Vladimir Duthiers. While using existing CBS News correspondents, CBS did not rule out hiring new correspondents specifically for CBSN in the future.[8]

On March 1, 2016, CBS announced that it had hired former ESPN, NBC Sports and Good Morning America anchor Josh Elliott as the lead anchor for CBSN. Of the hiring, CBS News President David Rhodes explained that Elliott needed an "outlet", going on to say that "we're going to need from him as much as he can bring in these different areas of reporting and anchoring. It's another reason it's the perfect place for him because it's kind of unlimited. We have some really hard-working people at CBSN, but we don't have enough of them."[27] Elliott was fired on February 13, 2017, after CBS executives were caught off-guard by his abrupt announcement that he was to be promoted from CBSN.[28]


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