NBC News to beef up radio news as CNN withdraws

LOS ANGELES (AP) ? NBC News is stepping into a radio news hole that CNN is leaving behind.

The unit of Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal said Thursday that it will expand its weekday radio news broadcasts beyond the one minute per hour it now produces. This will start on April 1, the date Time Warner Inc.’s CNN plans to stop providing syndicated radio news.

Dial Global Inc.’s executive vice president of news, Bart Tessler, said CNN has provided hundreds of radio stations with up to six minutes of syndicated news at the top of the hour and three minutes at the half-hour through Dial Global.

NBC News will aim to fill that role around the clock, seven days a week.