MSNBC to take over breaking news Twitter account

U.S. cable news station MSNBC will take over @BreakingNews, a news service based in the microblogging service Twitter, BNO News said Monday.

U.S. cable news station MSNBC will take over @BreakingNews, a news service based in the microblogging service Twitter, BNO News said Monday.

BNO News says msnbc.com will be the first client of its new service, BNO News Wire, and will take over the Twitter account starting in early December.

"With the launch of the subscription-based news wire service, BNO News will shift attention away from @BreakingNews to focus on building and delivering this new enhanced service to media companies and publishers," BNO News said in a statement.

The @BreakingNews account on Twitter has 1.4 million followers, and is ranked No. 78 on the list of the most followed Twitter accounts.

CNN's breaking news account on Twitter, @cnnbrk, has 2.8 million followers.

BNO News also has a popular subscription-based iPhone app for breaking news alerts.

BNO News was founded by Michael von Poppel of the Netherlands and Rodrigo Javier Aguiar of Mexico. Von Poppel will turn 20 in December.