Time Warner Cable News North Carolina

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Time Warner Cable News North Carolina
Owned by Time Warner Cable
Picture format 16:9 (480i)
Slogan Your news now.
Country United States of America (USA)
Headquarters 2505 Atlantic Avenue,
Raleigh, North Carolina
Formerly called News 14 Carolina (2001-2013)
Sister channel(s) NY1, Time Warner Cable News
Website Charlotte
Triangle/Sandhills
Triad
Coastal
Availability
Cable
Time Warner 14/114 (4:3)
1114 (16:9)

Time Warner Cable News North Carolina (formerly News 14 Carolina) is a 24-hour cable news service offered in North Carolina, USA, by Time Warner Cable on its cable TV systems in the state. There are 4 TWCN North Carolina television channels in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and Wilmington each primarily with local news but some local programming content of statewide interest is shared. A regular feature is "Weather on the 1's", which gives a local weather forecast every ten minutes.

TWCN North Carolina's main studio is located just outside downtown Raleigh on Atlantic Avenue. Additional bureaus are located on Morehead Street in downtown Charlotte, in the Centreport office park in Greensboro, on Scientific Park Drive in Wilmington and in the Croatan National Forest in Newport.

TWCN North Carolina is part of the Time Warner Cable News (TWCN) collection of cable news channels owned by Time Warner Cable. Before its rebranding on December 16, 2013, it was only 1 of 2 networks in the collection (NY1 in New York City being the other) that didn't use YNN (Your News Now) as their primary branding.

History[edit]

Time Warner Cable News North Carolina was not the first local 24-hour television news channel in the Raleigh area. WRAL-TV started a news channel on the Time Warner Cable digital tier in July 2001 (as the WRAL NewsChannel, which was also available on WRAL-DT2 at the time, now occupied by WRAL2/This TV Raleigh).

Time Warner planned to debut the 24-hour local news channel in December 2001 in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, and Goldsboro, reaching 425,000 subscribers. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, Alan Mason, the channel's general manager, said the debut would happen in February or March 2002. This was because the station's employees needed training that would have taken place at new studios for NY1 in New York City, but NY1 was concentrating on coverage of the attacks and had not yet moved into its new studios.[1] TWCN North Carolina finally made its debut March 22, 2002 as News 14 Carolina. Reporters used digital cameras instead of videotape, downloading their stories. Sets, however, looked similar to those at conventional TV stations.[2]

Plans were made to add Charlotte and eight surrounding counties in June.[3] A two-story addition to the Time Warner building on East Morehead Street housed "the nation's most technically advanced newsroom," with digital video that reporters could edit at their desks, and robot cameras. In addition, Gastonia and Salisbury had bureaus. After nine months of preparation, the Charlotte operation began June 14, with Jim Newman as news director.[4]

Jack Stanley, president of Time Warner's Greensboro division, said that if the Charlotte and Raleigh operations did well, a Greensboro news channel was likely. This was true even though WXLV-TV had recently shut down its low-rated news operation after failing to compete with the three established stations.[5]

On February 26, 2004, members of TheWolfWeb exploited the fact that the station's system for reporting school, business, or church closures during inclement weather were aired without review.[6] Numerous listings ranging from All Your Base Are Belong To Us to several lewd or obscene "businesses" were listed and shown several times. The incident garnered attention from online, print, and broadcast media across the US, and forced News14 to implement the same anti-pranking measures that other news stations in the Triangle were using.[7][8][9]

The networks was known as News 14 Carolina from 2002 to 2013.

After two years on the air, the Charlotte operation's web site won an Edward R. Murrow award for best web site among large-market TV stations.[10]

In 2004, Belo Corp. ended the partnership between News 14 and Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC-TV, forcing the Charlotte operation to cut costs by moving administrative, production and master control jobs to Raleigh and closing the Salisbury and Gastonia bureaus, resulting in the loss of about 50 jobs.[11]

Its Triad channel debuted on September 25, 2006 and later launched a Wilmington channel on August 18, 2008.

From 2005 to 2008, News 14 was the cable home of the Charlotte Bobcats. Comporium, the main cable provider for the South Carolina side of the Charlotte area, simulcast News 14's Bobcats broadcasts on Tri-County 14.

News 14 Carolina began producing newscasts for the Triad's ABC affiliate, WXLV-TV, on January 2, 2012. The newscasts, branded simply as News 14 Carolina on ABC 45, air at 6:30 a.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. on weekdays, and required an expansion in News 14's staff.[12] The deal between News 14 and WXLV was reached following the resolution of a retransmission consent dispute between Time Warner Cable and Sinclair Broadcast Group (WXLV's parent company) on February 2, 2011.[13] The morning and evening newscasts are produced in Greensboro.

On December 16, 2013, after 11-years with the same name, the network changed its name for the first time in its history. All of News 14's channels around the state are now referred to as Time Warner Cable News, rebranded as Time Warner Cable News (Raleigh/Charlotte/Triad/Coastal).

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[14][edit]

Anchors

  • Elise Roberts – weekend mornings (Charlotte)
  • Caroline Blair – weekend evenings (Raleigh)
  • Marti Skold – weekday mornings (Raleigh)
  • Rob Boisvert – weekday mornings (Charlotte)
  • Tim Boyum – Capital Tonight anchor (Raleigh)
  • Claudine Chalfant – weekday evenings (Charlotte)
  • Anthony Austin – weekday evenings (Raleigh)
  • Cheryn Stone – Triad area anchor

Weather on the 1's

  • Jeff Crum – (National Weather Association (NWA) Seal of Approval) Charlotte-Triad chief meteorologist; weekday evenings and overnight loop
  • Gary Stephenson (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) – Raleigh-Coastal chief meteorologist; weekday evenings and overnight loop
  • Matthew East (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) – meteorologist; weekday mornings
  • Tara Lane (NWA Seal of Approval) – meteorologist; weekend mornings
  • Doug Lindsay – Charlotte-Triad meteorologist; weekday mornings and afternoons
  • Joshua McKinney (AMS Seal of Approval) – meteorologist; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and weekend afternoons
  • Monte Montello – (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) meteorologist; weekday evenings and overnight
  • Matt Morano (AMS Seal of Approval; member, NWA) – meteorologist; weekday mornings
  • Lee Ringer (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) – meteorologist; weekday mornings
  • Sandra Brogan – freelance meteorologist
  • Bob Child – freelance meteorologist

Sports team

  • Jim Connors – sports director; weekday evenings
  • Mike Solarte – sports director; weekday evenings
  • Jason Brown – Charlotte sports anchor; weekend evenings
  • Ryan Welch – Raleigh sports anchor; weekend evenings
  • Jason Lucas – Wilmington sports reporter
  • J.B. Ricks – Triad sports reporter

Reporters

  • Becky Bereiter – Charlotte area reporter
  • Loretta Boniti – Triangle area reporter and senior political reporter
  • Brad Broders – Charlotte area reporter
  • Bob Costner – Triad area reporter
  • Brittany Edney – Coastal area reporter
  • Amy Elliott – Coastal area reporter
  • Julie Fertig – Raleigh area reporter
  • Shawn Flynn – Charlotte area reporter
  • Kate Gaier – Charlotte area reporter
  • David Kernodle – Charlotte area reporter
  • Caitlin Lockerbie – Triad area reporter
  • Andy Mattison – Sandhills area reporter
  • Amanda McKenzie – Triad area reporter
  • Heather Moore – Triangle area reporter
  • Kevin Reopelle – Coastal area reporter
  • Ed Scannell – Triad area reporter
  • Meg Smith – Triad area reporter
  • Stephanie Stilwell – Triad area reporter
  • Linnie Supall – Triangle area reporter
  • Breanna Walden – Coastal area reporter
  • Amanda Weber – Sandhills area reporter

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Ranii, "Rollout of Triangle's 24-hour News Channel Is Delayed," The News & Observer, October 18, 2001.
  2. ^ Adrienne M. Johnson, "Triangle Gets Its Own CNN," The News & Observer, March 17, 2002.
  3. ^ Mark Washburn, "24-Hour News Heads to Town; Cable Channel News 14 Debuts in June," The Charlotte Observer, March 24, 2002.
  4. ^ Mark Washburn, "Station Airing 24-Hour News to Debut Today," The Charlotte Observer, Friday, June 14, 2002.
  5. ^ Jamie Kritzer, "All News, All the Time: Is 24-Hour News Right for the Triad?", Greensboro News & Record, Sunday, August 4, 2002.
  6. ^ Original thread: http://thewolfweb.com/message_topic.aspx?topic=180137
  7. ^ http://media.www.technicianonline.com/media/storage/paper848/news/2007/03/02/Features/Trolling.For.A.Good.Time-2753205.shtml
  8. ^ http://www.cyberjournalist.net/news/001012.php
  9. ^ http://www.projo.com/cgi-bin/include.pl/blogs/shenews/archives/weekninetyseven.htm#prank
  10. ^ Mark Washburn, "News 14 Web Site a Big Winner: It's Been Judged Best in the Business Among Large-Market Stations," The Charlotte Observer, June 26, 2004.
  11. ^ Mark Washburn, "News 14 Carolina Cuts Its Staff by about Half, " The Charlotte Observer, August 17, 2004.
  12. ^ Covington, Owen (July 29, 2011). "New 14 Carolina adding staff for new newscasts". The Business Journal. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  13. ^ "WXLV to resume newscasts as Time Warner, Sinclair reach deal". News & Record. February 2, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  14. ^ News 14 Staff

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