News 12 Networks
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|News 12 Networks|
|Launched||December 15, 1986|
|Owned by||Altice News|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Slogan||As Local as Local News Gets|
Around New Jersey, Around the Clock (New Jersey only)
Only on Cable. Never on FiOS. Never on satellite.
|Broadcast area||New York City metropolitan area|
(Mt. Vernon, New York)
(Rockland, Kings and Orange County, New York)
(New Haven, Litchfield and Fairfield County, Connecticut)
(Sussex and Warren County, New Jersey)
The News 12 Networks are a group of regional cable news television channels that are owned by Altice USA. All channels provide rolling news coverage 24-hours a day, focusing primarily on different regions of the New York City metropolitan area outside Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
News 12 was launched by Cablevision on December 15, 1986 to customers on Long Island, 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 network 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).
Altice acquired News 12 along with the rest of Cablevision's assets on June 21, 2016.
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.
Notable on-air staff
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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)
- "Altice Completes Acquisition of Cablevision Systems Corporation" (PDF). Altice NV. June 21, 2016.
- "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.
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