TXCN

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Texas Cable News
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Launched January 1, 1999
Owned by Gannett Company
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan The State of Texas 24/7
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Texas
Headquarters Dallas, Texas
Sister channel(s) WFAA, KVUE, KHOU, KENS
Website www.txcn.com
Availability
Cable
Time Warner Cable (Texas) Check local listings for channels
Comcast Xfinity (Houston metropolitan area) Channel 230
Charter Communications (Dallas metropolitan area) Channel 38
Channel One (Texarkana) Channel 53
Available on most other Texas cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability

Texas Cable News (TXCN) is an American regional cable news television channel that is owned by the Gannett Company. The channel operates out of offices in Dallas, Texas, located on Young Street in the city's downtown district.

Background[edit]

The 24-hour channel launched on January 1, 1999, and was founded by its original owner, the Belo Corporation. TXCN combines the news staffs of Gannett's four television stations in Texas – ABC affiliates WFAA in Dallas and KVUE in Austin, and CBS affiliates KHOU in Houston and KENS in San Antonio – in addition to The Dallas Morning News (which was co-owned with TXCN and the four television stations under Belo Corporation ownership until 2008) and the company's Washington, D.C. news bureau.

On December 4, 2004, Belo announced the layoffs of 45 of the channel's 75 staffers. This resulted in the programming on Texas Cable News being scaled down on January 1, 2005. Belo attributed the failure of Texas Cable News to a lack of distribution on cable providers in Texas' largest television markets. TXCN now airs repackaged content from Gannett's stations in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. All original programming, with the exception of weather segments and occasional original programming, was dropped along with on-air talent, except for weather department staff.

In 2008, Belo decided to split its broadcasting and newspaper interests into separate companies. TXCN remained with the broadcasting side, which retained the Belo Corporation name, while the newspapers (including The Dallas Morning News) were spun off to the similarly named A.H. Belo Corporation. However, the former corporate cousins still maintain a news partnership. On June 13, 2013, the Gannett Company announced that it would acquire Belo for $2.2 billion.[1] The deal was granted FCC approval on December 20, and was finalized on December 23.[2][3]

Availabilty[edit]

TXCN is available in the following markets (all cable systems listed are part of Time Warner Cable, unless otherwise noted):

City Channel
Arlington Channels 38 and 230
Austin Channel 324
BeaumontPort Arthur Channel 58
Corpus Christi Channel 74
Dallas–Fort Worth (Charter in some areas) Channel 38
El Paso Channel 18
Harlingen Channel 39
Houston (Comcast) Channel 230
Laredo Channel 28
San Antonio Channel 232
Texarkana (Channel One) Channel 53
Waco Channel 74
Wichita Falls Channel 58

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gannett to buy TV station owner Belo for $1.5B". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Associated Press. June 13, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "FCC OKs Gannett-Belo And Tribune-Local". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Gannett Completes Its Acquisition of Belo, TVNewsCheck, Retrieved December 23, 2013

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