Pittsburgh Cable News Channel

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Pittsburgh Cable News Channel
Type cable television network
Country United States
Availability Pittsburgh, most of western Pennsylvania, some border communities of northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio
Owner Cox Broadcasting
Launch date
January 1, 1994
Official website
www.wpxi.com/s/pcnc

The Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (PCNC) is a 24-hour regional cable news television channel serving the Pittsburgh area with re-telecasts of WPXI newscasts. Owned by Cox Enterprises, the station is aired on Comcast (as well as the now defunct Adelphia cable TV systems, which were taken over by Comcast) and on Verizon FiOS in Western Pennsylvania.

History[edit]

PCNC, on January 1, 1994, signed on as the first and only, 24-hour cable news channel for Pittsburgh. PCNC was created in a partnership between WPXI-TV (Channel 11) and the region's largest cable TV company at the time, TCI. Now, that partnership exists between WPXI and Comcast.

PCNC made Pittsburgh history with the first 10 PM newscast, anchored by WPXI's David Johnson. The 10 O'Clock News aired from 1994-January 29, 2006, when WPXI and WPGH FOX 53 entered into a newshare agreement, which allows WPXI to produce a 10 PM newscast for WPGH. WPGH had aired its own newscast from January 28, 1997-January 30, 2006. PCNC now airs a 7 PM newscast in place of its 10 PM show.

The station also aired a viewer call-in show titled 'TalkBack' which allowed Channel 11 News viewers to call in and talk about the day's news and events. The show was hosted by Johnson, but was discontinued in the early part of the 21st Century.

Another original program on PCNC is 'NightTalk', originally hosted by John McIntire. The program features interviews of local and national newsmakers and celebrities, often with a Pittsburgh appeal. The show also occasionally has lighter segments. Among regular guests on 'NightTalk' is former Allegheny County Coroner Cyril Wecht. Currently, 'NightTalk' airs at 8 PM Mondays through Thursdays and is hosted by Ellis Cannon.

PCNC also entered the local daytime talk show programming, giving local radio talkshow host Lynn Cullen her own show weekdays at 10 AM. The show was titled 'Cullen on Cable' and it aired in the late 1990s.

Cullen returned to PCNC on August 15, 2005, with a similar but different program. Her most recent program on PCNC was titled the 'Lynn Cullen Show' which was a condensed version of her weekday radio show which aired on WPTT 1360 AM. The show repeated weekdays at 6 PM.

When Cullen left her original show at PCNC, it was replaced by Fred Honsberger, another local radio talk show host. His show was titled 'Honsberger Live' and it aired at 10 AM. The show repeated at 5 PM and on weekends. Chris Moore used to fill in for Honsberger when he was out due to illness. 'Honsberger Live' ended following Honsberger's death in 2009.

Currently, Chris Moore hosts 'Pittsburgh Now', a weekday talk show that covers local, statewide, and national stories of interest. The live broadcast airs at 10 AM and takes callers at 412-333-PCNC. A replay of the first 30 minutes of the show airs at 11 PM that evening as 'Pittsburgh Now PM'.

PCNC has also aired other various cooking, health and law related programs throughout the years. Other programs have included 'Our Region's Business', 'Fedko Fone Zone', 'Championship Chase', and 'A Day in the Life', among others.

In addition to these programs, PCNC re-airs the latest newscast from WPXI. The channel also replays some WPXI programming, including the annual Celebrate the Season parade, Channel 11 Holiday Sing-Along, 'Talkin' Pittsburgh' and 'Impact' among others. In March 2006, PCNC and Comcast teamed up to replay the Western Pennsylvania high school basketball championships.

Comcast viewers are able to see "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle," which is actually produced by Comcast's CN8 network, weeknights at 9 PM. PCNC viewers without Comcast see a repeated WPXI newscast at 9 PM

Current programming[edit]

  • Pittsburgh Now
  • NightTalk
  • Aesthetic Medicine
  • Our Region's Business
  • Let's Talk Health
  • Do It Yourself Pittsburgh

Calling PCNC[edit]

Over the years, during PCNC live broadcasts such as 'Honsberger Live', 'Fedko Fone Zone', 'NightTalk', and 'Pittsburgh Now', viewers have been encouraged to call in and be part of the show. The phone number is 412-333-PCNC.

Current on-air staff[edit]

See current WPXI-TV on-air staff list.

External links[edit]