Launched November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06)
Network CBS News
CBS Interactive
Owned by CBS Corporation
Picture format 720p (HD)
Downscaled to:
Slogan CBS News. Always On.
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters CBS 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
Online stream
Amazon Fire TV CBS News app
Apple TV CBSN channel
Roku CBS News app[1]
XBMC & Kodi CBSN live
Windows Store CBS News app
Mobile CBS News app
iOS, Windows[2] and Android (Chromecast)
Pluto TV CBSN channel

CBSN is a streaming video news channel operated by the CBS News and CBS Interactive divisions of CBS Corporation which launched on November 6, 2014. CBSN was designed primarily as a digital-oriented service; CBSN is distributed solely through the website, mobile apps, and via apps for digital media player devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire 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 broadcast network itself as part of CBS Overnight News.

The ad-supported service primarily features content from CBS News along with other CBS-owned properties, hosted throughout much of the day by various CBS News personalities, along with coverage of live events and breaking news. The feed also serves as a timeshift channel carrying some of CBS News's on-air programming on a short delay. The service is designed primarily to appeal to a younger audience, providing a format that allows viewers to watch CBSN as a live, linear stream, or to watch segments of its programming on-demand.


Rumors that CBS News was preparing a 24-hour digital 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, Jim Lanzone, president of CBS Interactive, 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 cable 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 that was 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. The channel utilizes commercial breaks similar to a conventional television channel; and Microsoft were among the service's launch advertisers.[8][9]

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

As of August 2018 CBSN is now in the Philippines are turning into a TV channel.


"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.[11]

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.[12]

CBSN features anchored programming on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Eastern Time (ET). 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 5:00 to 8:00 a.m. ET, and segments from CBS This Morning Monday through Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. ET, one hour after the live East Coast airing. CBSN also features "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. Although marketed as featuring live programming, CBSN primarily uses hour-long "news wheels" updated throughout the day, but pre-recorded programming can be interrupted for coverage of live events and breaking news when needed.[12][13]

CBSN airs hour-long blocks of live news each weekday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET, which is then incorporated into their "news wheel". On December 4, 2017, CBSN began streaming the "Western Edition" of the CBS Evening News weekdays at 10:00 p.m. ET immediately following its broadcast airing on the West Coast. Weekend live coverage is branded as CBS Weekend News (a title shared with the weekend early-evening news program airing on the linear CBS network), beginning at noon eastern time on Saturday, anchored by Reena Ninan, and at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, anchored by Elaine Quijano. Weekend coverage is simulcasted 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 compliment 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.[14][15]




As its launch, hosted segments on CBSN were anchored by Don Dahler, Elaine Quijano, Jeff Glor, Michelle Miller and Vladimir Duthiers. While drawing from existing CBS News correspondents, CBS did not rule out the possibility of 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 to serve 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."[16] 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.[17]


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  4. "Leslie Moonves: CBS Working On 24-Hour Digital News Channel — Not Working On Bringing Joel McHale To Late-Night TV". May 15, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
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  10. Steinberg, Brian (2018-02-26). "CBS Launches Streaming Sports-News Outlet CBS Sports HQ". Variety. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  11. "Moonves on CBSN: 'Plenty of Content at Not a Great Cost'". TVNewser. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  12. 1 2 "CBS Debuts CBSN Interactive Streaming News". TVNewsCheck. November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  13. "Low-Key, Glitch-Free Launch of CBSN". TVNewser. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  14. "CBS Will Revamp 'CBS Evening News' on Weekends". Variety. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  15. Steinberg, Brian (2018-01-23). "Steve Capus Out as Top Producer at 'CBS Evening News'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  16. "CBS Hires Josh Elliott for Its Streaming Service". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  17. "Josh Elliott's CBS 'farewell' stuns his bosses". Page Six. 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
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