Time Warner Cable News Austin
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|Time Warner Cable News Austin|
|Launched||September 13, 1999|
|Owned by||Time Warner Cable|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||Your News Now.|
|Broadcast area||Austin, Waco, Fredericksburg and San Antonio, Texas|
|Formerly called||News 8 Austin (1999–2011)
YNN Austin (2011–2013)
Time Warner Cable News Buffalo
Time Warner Cable News Central New York
Time Warner Cable News Capital Region
Time Warner Cable News Rochester
Time Warner Cable News North Carolina
|Time Warner Cable
(Austin, Waco and Fredericksburg)
|Channels 1, 8 and 308 (SD)
Channel 1508 (HD)
|Time Warner Cable
|Channels 14 and 200 (SD)|
Time Warner Cable News Austin is an American cable news television channel that is owned by Time Warner Cable, as an affiliate of its Time Warner Cable News slate of regional news channels. The channel provides 24-hour rolling news coverage focused primarily on Central Texas. Its main feed serves the Austin metropolitan area, while the channel maintains sub-feeds for San Antonio and Waco.
The channel's studios are located at 1708 Colorado Street in Austin, just north of the Texas State Capitol and immediately south of the main campus of the University of Texas. It is available exclusively on Time Warner Cable systems within the cable provider's Central Texas division, which includes Austin, San Marcos, Round Rock, Temple, Killeen and Waco.
The channel was launched on September 13, 1999 as News 8 Austin. The channel changed its name to YNN Austin (for "Your News Now") on January 10, 2011, as part of gradual transition to a uniform brand for most of Time Warner Cable's other regional news channels that originated the year prior on its Buffalo and Rochester news channels in New York.
On December 16, 2013, the channel rebranded as Time Warner Cable News Austin as part of a branding standardization across the provider's news channels that included the introduction of a new graphics and music package. On March 11, 2014, Time Warner Cable announced that it would launch a regional news channel for the San Antonio market (the second such attempt by TWC after News 9 San Antonio, a joint venture with Belo (then-owners of CBS affiliate KENS (channel 5)), which operated from 2003 to 2004), which would be operated out of TWCN Austin's headquarters and share managerial staff, with reports being filed for broadcast by San Antonio-based reporters in a separate newsroom that was established in that city. The subfeed, Time Warner Cable News San Antonio, soft-launched with a series of weeknight preview broadcasts of two programs airing on the channel (the political discussion program Capital Tonight and the sports highlight program Sports Night) that began on April 8. The feed formally launched on June 2, 2014. Plans call for the future hirings of additional journalists based in San Antonio.
The channel operates on a news "wheel" format, offering recorded blocks of news and weather segments, and feature reports. On weekday mornings and afternoons, the channel also provides traffic reports; sports segments are also provided on a nightly basis. Producers update the wheel throughout the day, inserting new material as stories are filed and updated information becomes available. In addition to running regular weather segments every 10 minutes "on the 1's," the channel also provides wall-to-wall severe weather coverage whenever tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect for any part of viewing area of Time Warner Cable News Austin or its subfeeds.
Without the traditional limitations faced by broadcast television stations due to network and syndicated programming commitments, Time Warner Cable News Austin is known in the area for its coverage of community news and more restrained coverage of television news staples such as crime and scandal stories. The channel is also distinct from traditional television news operations in that its newscasts are traditionally helmed by a single anchor and in that its reporters occasionally set up, shoot and edit their own stories without the assistance of a photojournalist (a format known as videojournalism).
TWCN Austin also operates several other video and information services, including:
|Channel||TWC channel slot||Description|
|TWCN's RadarNOW||355||24-hour Doppler radar service, with NOAA Weather Radio audio|
|TWCN's Non-Stop Weather||358 (SD) / 1507 (HD)
359 / 609
|24-hour regional weather channels in both English and Spanish|
|TWCN's TrafficNOW||348 (SD)
|24-hour traffic camera service utilizing TxDOT roadway cameras from around the Austin area|
|TWCN's Non-Stop Sports||N/A||24-hour sports headline channel featuring local and national sports highlights|
|TWCN on Demand||1408||Video-on-demand archive of features, series and event coverage from TWCN Austin|
Notable current on-air staff
- Todd Boatwright – weekday mornings anchor
- Brass, Kevin (2004-09-03). "News 8 at 5: Can Austin's little news station that could survive the grim reapers at Time Warner?". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
- Kaplan, Don (November 20, 2013). "NY1 changing name to Time Warner Cable News NY1". Daily News. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- "Introducing Time Warner Cable News San Antonio". Time Warner Cable. June 2, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
- "24-Hour Local News Channel Coming To San Antonio". Time Warner Cable. April 7, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
- Dinges, Gary (April 7, 2014). "Dinges: San Antonio’s newest newscast originates from Austin". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
- Jakle, Jeanne (March 11, 2014). "Time Warner launching S.A. news channel". San Antonio Express News. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
- Paton, Huntley (April 7, 2014). "Time Warner Cable to debut 24-hour San Antonio TV news network". San Antonio Business Journal. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
- www.austin.twcnews.com – Time Warner Cable News Austin official website
- TWCN Austin information page on Time Warner Cable website