News 12 Networks

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News 12 Networks
News 12 logo 2019.png
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaLocal ( The Bronx, Brooklyn, Connecticut, Hudson Valley, Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester County)
  • News 12 Long Island and News 12 Plus:
    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 City
Picture format 1080i ( HDTV)
480i ( SDTV)
OwnerAltice News
( Altice USA)
Sister channels Cheddar
News 12+
LaunchedDecember 15, 1986; 35 years ago (1986-12-15)
WACP ( Atlantic City)4.1 (6 AM – 9 AM weekdays)

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.


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, [1] 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 Optimum, Spectrum or Xfinity. 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 June 2009 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 behind the paywall and was open to all users, with the exception of its live broadcast (which was only offered to FiOS customers).[ citation needed]

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]

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 and 9 AM every weekday morning. [8] Beginning on November 4, 2019, Verizon FiOS began carrying News 12 and News 12+. [9] They were meant to replace FiOS 1, which shut down 9 days later. Verizon later added sister networks i24News and Cheddar in early 2020. [10] [11]


Network Launch Date Headquarters
News 12 Long Island December 15, 1986 Woodbury, New York
News 12 Connecticut June 1995 Norwalk, Connecticut
News 12 Westchester October 1995 Yonkers, New York
News 12 New Jersey March 26, 1996 Edison, New Jersey
News 12 The Bronx June 1998 Bronx, New York
News 12 Brooklyn 2005 Bronx, New York
News 12 Hudson Valley 2005 West Nyack, New York

Notable on-air staff

Former staff


  1. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 21, 2016). "Altice Completes Cablevision Acquisition, Creating No. 4 U.S. Cable Operator". Variety. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Reisman, Phil (October 7, 2016). "Reisman: Heads are rolling at News 12". The Journal News. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  3. ^ Soule, Alexander (October 7, 2016). "Altice moving News 12 Connecticut studio production to New Jersey". The Hour. Norwalk, Connecticut. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Soule, Alexander (April 14, 2017). "With N.J. studio, Altice drops new anchors into News 12 Connecticut". The Hour. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Willens, Max (August 9, 2017). "Why Cheddar is looking to local markets to build an audience". Digiday. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Farrell, Mike (April 17, 2018). "Altice USA Forms News Division". MultiChannel News. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Vlessing, Etan (April 30, 2019). "Altice USA Buys Digital News Service Cheddar for $200M". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ ""Mornings with News 12" Now Available on WACP Channel 4 in South Jersey and Philadelphia". Altice USA. July 1, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  9. ^ Kramer, Peter D. (October 31, 2019). "Watch that dial: News12 to join Verizon lineup Nov. 4". The Journal News.
  10. ^ Madore, James (September 4, 2019). "Verizon FiOS customers to get News 12 newscasts". Newsday. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Kramer, Peter D. "Verizon pulls plug on Fios1 News early, days before RNN contract expires". The Journal News.
  12. ^ "Steve Kornacki". June 6, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2021.

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