“The nation’s most successful all-news radio station is changing network providers. Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM (103.5) Washington D.C. has dropped CBS News Radio in favor of affiliating with ABC Radio News, effective Jan. 1. The switch ends a decades-long partnership between CBS and the nation’s top billing radio station,” reports Inside Radio, which added that top-of-the hour newscasts “on the influential outlet will now be provided by ABC News Radio. WTOP-FM will also carry updates at the bottom of the hour and will be heavy users of the network’s crisis coverage, along with “ABC Newscall” and correspondent two-ways, according to the network. The station will use the ABC News Digital service for its website.

“The change stems from a business decision, according to Paul Farhi, who covers the news media for the Washington Post. “ABC took fewer ad slots than CBS, giving WTOP more time to sell its ads,” Farhi wrote in a post on Twitter.

“WTOP-FM isn’t the only new affiliate ABC rang in the New Year with. The network also added iHeartMedia “NewsRadio 1030” WBZ Boston, Cox Media Group news/talk WSB (750, 95.5) Atlanta and Entercom news/talk WRVA (1140) Richmond.”

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