News 9 San Antonio

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News 9 San Antonio
News9logob.jpg
Logo of News 9 San Antonio
LaunchedApril, 2003
ClosedJuly 23, 2004
Owned byBelo and Time Warner Cable
Picture format480i (SDTV)
SloganYour news now.
CountryUnited States
LanguageAmerican English
Broadcast areaSan Antonio, Texas
Availability
Cable
Time Warner Cable9

News 9 San Antonio was a 24-hour cable news featuring a rolling news format, serving the San Antonio, Texas region. It was a joint venture by Belo Corp. (owner of local television station KENS-TV, which assisted the cable channel with newsgathering) and Time Warner Cable (operators of the region's cable television systems). The cable channel started up in April 2003, and was shut down on July 23, 2004, citing low viewership and a lack of advertising revenue. It was shut down along with sister cable station News 24 Houston (also a joint venture between Belo and Time Warner). Upon closure, both News 24 and News 9 had instructed viewers to leave their thoughts and comments about the cable channels on sister station News 8 Austin's message boards. This had also affected former sister cable channel News 14 Carolina, which reverted to full Time Warner Control when Belo exited the joint venture, costing 50 jobs at that statewide cable channel's various news bureaus.[1]

On March 11, 2014, Time Warner Cable announced a second attempt to launch a regional news channel for the San Antonio market by launching Time Warner Cable News San Antonio, a subbed of Time Warner Cable News Austin (now Spectrum News Austin after the 2016 merger with Charter). It would operate out of TWCN Austin's headquarters and share managerial staff, with reports being filed for cablecast by San Antonio-based mutli-platform reporters in a separate bureau that was established in that city. It was soft-launched on April 8, 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). The feed formally launched on June 2, 2014. Plans call for the future hirings of additional journalists based in San Antonio.

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  1. ^ Mark Washburn, "News 14 Carolina Cuts Its Staff by about Half, " The Charlotte Observer, August 17, 2004.

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