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CBS launches news streaming platform in Minnesota, featuring WCCO content

The service went live on Thursday.
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The daily news content produced by WCCO-TV in the Twin Cities is now available on streaming platforms.

On Thursday, CBS announced the launch of CBSN Minnesota, a "direct-to-consumer news service" that will provide round-the-clock access to WCCO's latest news, lifestyle and sports content.

It's the fifth such service that CBS has launched in the U.S., with the national broadcaster launching the platform in markets where it has a local TV affiliate like WCCO.

CBSN Minnesota now starts playing automatically when you land at the WCCO homepage, and is also available through the CBS News app.

The content can be viewed by the CBS News app on streaming boxes such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick and Xbox.

The service will feature WCCO's "anchored programming" as well as live breaking news events, and an "extensive library" of local stories available on-demand.

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"WCCO has for many years had an outstanding legacy in local news and serving the community. We are very happy to broaden its reach from local to national by making the station’s premium local content available on our streaming platform," said Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations.

WCCO is the home of anchors including Amelia Santaniello, Frank Vascellaro, Heather Brown, Jason DeRusha, and Esme Murphy.

“Research shows strong demand for OTT (over-the-top) content here in the Twin Cities. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to make our award-winning news programming available, both here at home and across the country, for people to watch on their favorite platforms whenever and wherever they want the latest news from WCCO,” said Ann Ouellette, vice president and general manager of WCCO-TV.

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