Gas Station TV signs pact with CBS, dumps ABC content

  • Crain's Detroit Business

Oak Park-based Gas Station TV has inked a deal with CBS Corp. to broadcast news and entertainment at television-equipped fuel pumps, and said it has dropped content from ABC.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gas Station TV had been airing ABC content since signing a deal with that broadcaster in June 2006. No reason was given for the switch.

Content is typically news, short features and advertisements aimed at what Gas Station TV says is a monthly audience of 30 million.

The company has 5,000 LCD screens on fuel pumps in more than 300 cities, including Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Tampa. The screens are at Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, Citgo, Exxon-Mobil, Murphy USA, Shell, Speedway, Valero and Sunoco stations.

CBS already distributes similar content to outlets such as airlines, supermarkets, shopping malls, hair salons, doctor offices and auto service centers.