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Executive: CBS News Digital sets record for streams in January

CBSN, the 24-hour streaming news service offered by CBS News Digital, set internal records for streaming and watch time in January thanks in large part to an increase in political news coverage, an executive said on Tuesday.

Christy Tanner, the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS News Digital, said CBSN saw a 96 percent year-over-year increase in streams and a 82 percent year-over-year increase in watch time compared to January 2019.

“So proud of everyone at CBS News, CBS Interactive, and CBS Local Digital Media for continually setting a high bar for media and tech with this groundbreaking product,” Tanner wrote on her personal LinkedIn profile in a post that included a photograph of desserts.

“Currently taking a quick cupcake break between all-night Iowa Caucus coverage and tonight’s State of the Union,” Tanner said.

CBSN was launched by CBS in 2014 as one of the first all-digital streaming news services in the United States. Currently, it contains a mixture of original live programming, web-exclusive shows and rebroadcasts of traditional CBS News television shows.

Starting last year, CBSN began rolling out localized versions of the streaming service in a handful of markets, including New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Earlier this month, CBSN launched a localized version of its channel in Philadelphia and has plans to expand to other markets, including Sacramento, by the end of the year.

CBSN is owned by ViacomCBS.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).