ABC-Owned TV Stations Upgrade Local News Apps

ABC Owned Stations Group said it has launched an update to its local news apps that emphasizes live streaming and adds features that drive more viewer customization.

Among the new features, My News lets viewers pick topics and locations they are most interested in following, and a new personalized alert system allows users to opt-in have info on specific topics and locations pushed to them.

The updated local news apps also provide exclusive live video streams, including live news broadcasts, and are now placed more prominently and are available as users navigate through other news content. Viewers also have the ability to toggle between live streams.

Other components include Top News (a curated view of the day’s biggest stories, with breaking news that auto-plays when the app is opened), Explore (a deeper dive into topics such as sports, entertainment and weather-related events, with access to as many as 15 locations), and Weather (dedicated coverage on local weather conditions).

"This is our boldest refresh to date, designed and modernized for the mobile news consumer," Wendy McMahon, the recently announced president, ABC Owned TV Stations Group, said in a statement. "With ‘My News,’ viewers can have a personalized local news experience, programming a feed and opting into alerts around the issues and areas that are most important to them.  The video offerings are also more robust - enabling our audiences to always be connected to the local brands and content they trust.”

ABC Owned TV Stations include WABC-TV, New York; KABC-TV, Los Angeles; WLS-TV, Chicago; WPVI-TV Philadelphia; KGO-TV, San Francisco; KTRK-TV, Houston; WTVD-TV, Raleigh-Durham; and KFSN-TV, Fresno.