News 12 Networks
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The News 12 Networks are a group of regional cable news television channels in the New York metropolitan area that are owned by Altice USA. All channels provide rolling news coverage 24-hours a day, focusing primarily on regions of the metro area outside Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
|News 12 Networks|
|Launched||December 15, 1986|
|Owned by||Altice News|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
Around New Jersey, Around the Clock (New Jersey only)
|Broadcast area||New York City metropolitan area|
|WACP (Atlantic City)||4.1 (6AM-9AM weekdays)|
(Mt. Vernon, New York)
(Rockland, Kings and Orange County, New York)
(New Haven, Litchfield and Fairfield County, Connecticut)
|Verizon FiOS||29 (SD)|
(Sussex and Warren County, New Jersey)
The first of the channels, News 12 Long Island was launched by Cablevision on December 15, 1986 to customers on its Long Island system, as the first 24-hour regional cable news service in the United States. Over the years Cablevision expanded the reach of News 12 by adding additional networks across its footprint.
The network was formerly operated by Newsday Media Holdings and presided over by Patrick Dolan, son of Newsday majority owner Charles Dolan and brother of James L. Dolan. Altice USA, who bought Cablevision in 2016, has retained Dolan as a senior network advisor.
In December 2005, News 12 Networks generated criticism when it changed its website and mobile app to a pay subscription service for those who live outside the News 12 viewing area. The News 12 website is offered free of charge to subscribers of Cablevision, Charter Spectrum, Comcast, or Service Electric (when Verizon FiOS began carrying the network in November 2019, only the Long Island, New Jersey and Hudson Valley websites are available to subscribers, and access to the websites for the rest of the networks are still blocked). This has been used as a marketing tool against customers signing up for Verizon FiOS, or satellite providers DirecTV or Dish Network, which are available in many of the areas News 12 covers. At one point Cablevision even made the network's slogan, "Only on Cable. Never on FiOS. Never on satellite." (In some ads, FiOS was substituted with "phone company television" and in most areas, "Cable" was substituted with Cablevision in areas where Cablevision was only provided as a cable provider, notably Long Island). In response, Verizon FIOS partnered with RNN to create FiOS1 News in 2007 and later expanded to the Lower Hudson Valley in 2014, which could be viewed only by FiOS customers. Unlike News 12, FiOS1's website was not under the paywall and was open to all users, with the exception of its live broadcast (which was only offered to FiOS customers).
In October 2016, newspaper reports stated News 12 was consolidating its Westchester and Connecticut News operations, moving news anchor desks and studio operations to New Jersey and Long Island, and news and production staff at these operations would be laid off. Reports indicated Westchester News Director Janine Rose was allowed to resign, and Connecticut News Director Tom Appleby was dismissed.
In April 2018, Altice announced that it would form a new division named Altice USA News (renamed to Altice News after Cheddar acquisition) that would consist of News 12 and I24NEWS. The division was headed by Michael Schreiber now succeeded by Jon Steinberg.
Altice has departed from Cablevision's long-standing policy of ensuring that News 12 remained exclusive to cable. In July 2019, Altice began to simulcast News 12 on Atlantic City station WACP between 6 AM & 9 AM every weekday morning.  Beginning on November 4, 2019 Verizon FiOS began carrying News 12 and News 12+. At that time Verizon also shut down FiOS 1 on November 13, 2019. Verizon will also add sister networks i24News and Cheddar in early 2020.
Notable on-air staffEdit
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- Jodi Applegate (later at WNYW and WPIX)
- Patti Ann Browne (later at Fox News Channel)
- Ted David (later at WINS Radio)
- Ron Corning (later at WFAA in Dallas-Fort Worth)
- Carolyn Gusoff (later at WCBS-TV/WLNY-TV)
- Bonnie Schneider (later at Weather Channel and Weather.com)
- Lara Spencer (later with ABC News as co-anchor of Good Morning America)
- Alicia Vitarelli (later at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia)
- Bob Wolff - sports correspondent, Member - Baseball Hall of Fame (deceased)
- Littleton, Cynthia; Littleton, Cynthia (2016-06-21). "Altice Completes Cablevision Acquisition, Creating No. 4 U.S. Cable Operator". Variety. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
- "Reisman: Heads are rolling at News 12". LoHud=. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- "Altice moving News 12 Connecticut studio production to New Jersey". The Hour. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- "With N.J. studio, Altice drops new anchors into News 12 Connecticut". The Hour. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
- Willens, Max (August 9, 2017). "Why Cheddar is looking to local markets to build an audience - Digiday". Digiday. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
- Farrell, Mike (April 17, 2018). "Altice USA Forms News Division". MultiChannel News. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
- ""Mornings with News 12" Now Available on WACP Channel 4 in South Jersey and Philadelphia". Altice. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
- Madore, James (September 4, 2019). "Verizon FiOS customers to get News 12 newscasts". NewsDdy. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
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