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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
News 12 Networks logo.svg
LaunchedDecember 15, 1986 (1986-12-15)
Owned byAltice News
(Altice USA)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganAs Local as Local News Gets
Around New Jersey, Around the Clock (New Jersey only)
Only on Cable. Never on FiOS. Never on satellite.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNew York City metropolitan area
New Jersey
Connecticut
Headquarters
  • News 12 Long Island and Traffic and Weather:
    Woodbury, New York
  • News 12 Connecticut:
    Norwalk, Connecticut
  • News 12 New Jersey:
    Edison, New Jersey
  • News 12 Westchester:
    Yonkers, New York
  • News 12 Hudson Valley:
    West Nyack, New York
  • News 12 The Bronx and Brooklyn:
    Bronx, New York
Sister channel(s)i24NEWS
Cheddar
Websitewww.news12.com
Availability
Cable
Optimum12 (SD/HD)
Spectrum
(Mt. Vernon, New York)
20 (SD/HD)
Spectrum
(Rockland, Kings and Orange County, New York)
156 (SD/HD)
Spectrum
(New Haven, Litchfield and Fairfield County, Connecticut)
30 (SD)
752 (HD)
Xfinity
(New Jersey)
62 (SD/HD)
Service Electric
(Sussex and Warren County, New Jersey)
12 (SD/HD)

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HistoryEdit

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 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. 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. In response, Verizon FIOS created FiOS1 News in 2007 and later expanded to the Lower Hudson Valley in 2014, which can be viewed only by FiOS customers Unlike News 12, FiOS1's website is not under the paywall and is open to all users, with the exception of its live broadcast (which is only offered to FiOS customers).[citation needed]

Altice acquired News 12 along with the rest of Cablevision's assets on June 21, 2016.[1]

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.[2][3][4]

By August 2017, the seven News 12 Network cable channels began airing Cheddar's news summaries segments.[5]

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.[6][7]

Notable on-air staffEdit

Former staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Altice Completes Acquisition of Cablevision Systems Corporation" (PDF). Altice NV. June 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "Reisman: Heads are rolling at News 12". LoHud=. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Altice moving News 12 Connecticut studio production to New Jersey". The Hour. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  4. ^ "With N.J. studio, Altice drops new anchors into News 12 Connecticut". The Hour. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  5. ^ Willens, Max (August 9, 2017). "Why Cheddar is looking to local markets to build an audience - Digiday". Digiday. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Farrell, Mike (April 17, 2018). "Altice USA Forms News Division". MultiChannel News. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/altice-usa-buys-cheddar-200-million-1205959

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