CBS Chicago is moving to a new URL and website appearance
After the CBS-owned flagship station WCBS, the network station in Chicago followed suit and migrated to a new site design and URL.
CBS’s NYC station changes website design and gets new URL
The Windy City WBBM station began redirecting visitors to cbsnews.com/chicago and transitioned to the darker design used by both CBS News’ network-level presence as well as WCBS at cbsnews.com/newyork.
The cbschicago.com domain continues to work, redirecting to the cbsnews.com domain subdirectory. However, CBS didn’t seem to pick up cbsnewschicago.com, because it leads to a parked domain page with ads. Like WCBS, WBBM no longer uses a subdomain under cbslocal.com.
The move is part of an overall brand unification effort to drop the CBSN name for the 24-hour streaming news network and regional streaming services under the CBS News name.
CBS-owned stations also began using co-branded overtures for simulcast newscasts on their airwaves and streamer.
“As we continue to unify CBS News and Stations, we’re bringing clarity to our customers in the spaces they engage with us…You’ll see us do the same with our other local websites in the near future,” said a CBS spokesperson in an email to NewscastStudio in February 2022 when WCBS made the change.