ABC FM News
is an internet
-delivered news radio
format produced by ABC Radio Networks
(through Citadel Broadcasting
) and licenses the ABC
branding from its former owner The Walt Disney Company
, however it still produces news content from Disney's ABC News Radio
unit. It draws a music audience between the ages of 25-54 with the latest news interlined into the individual affiliates' music playlist.
According to a survey taken, 73% of the listeners were interested in news and many were mostly interested in hard news over lifestyles and headlines over in-depth reporting.
When The Walt Disney Company still owned ABC Radio, they've launched the ABC FM News on a dozen affiliates in 2006
with the news beginning at :15 past the hour, but due to low ratings and the fact that ABC News
is distributed hourly on thousands of AM radio affiliates, the FM news unit was discontinued
in early 2007
. However shortly after the ABC/Citadel merger, the "FM" network was reactivated. Depending on the current affiliates, times may vary.
Each newscast ends with the "ABC News" branding.