Radio broadcasting company iHeartMedia launched a national news network Tuesday for the Black community that will be run by a Chicago-based radio industry veteran.

San Antonio, Texas-based iHeartMedia said Black Information Network is a full-time national and local news network that aims to be an objective, accurate and trusted source of news coverage with a Black voice and perspective.

The network went live Tuesday on 15 radio stations and with an online presence, and more stations will be added in the next couple of months. Atlanta’s BIN 640 will serve as a flagship station for the news network. BIN also will provide news services for iHeartMedia’s 91 hip-hop, R&B and gospel stations, including six iHeartMedia-owned stations in Chicago.

Tony Coles, president of BIN, said in a news release that iHeartMedia began developing the concept for BIN last year to provide a news network with a “full focus” on the Black community.

Coles has been in the radio industry for more than 35 years, and oversees 21 radio markets as division president for iHeartMedia in Chicago.

Tanita Myers, a veteran producer, will be director of news operations for BIN. Myers was formerly director of operations for The Tom Joyner Morning Show, a nationally syndicated program.

BIN will be funded through long-term sponsorship arrangements with companies including Bank of America, CVS Health, Geico, Lowe’s Cos., McDonald’s, Sony, 23andMe and Verizon Communications.

iHeartMedia will hire reporters depending on the number of affiliated stations, spokeswoman Angel Aristone said in an email.


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