Spectrum News Austin

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Spectrum News Austin
Spectrum News Logo.png
LaunchedSeptember 13, 1999; 19 years ago (1999-09-13)
Owned byCharter Communications
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganYour News Now.
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaAustin, Waco, Fredericksburg and San Antonio, Texas
HeadquartersAustin, Texas
Formerly calledNews 8 Austin (1999–2011)
YNN Austin (2011–2013)
Time Warner Cable News Austin (2013–2016)
Sister channel(s)NY1
Spectrum News Buffalo
Spectrum News Central New York
Spectrum News Capital Region
Spectrum News Rochester
Spectrum News North Carolina
(San Antonio)
(Austin, Waco and Fredericksburg)
Channels 1, 8 and 308 (SD)
Channel 1508 (HD)
(San Antonio)
Channels 14 and 200 (SD)

Spectrum News Austin (formerly Time Warner Cable News Austin) is an American cable news television channel that is owned by Charter Communications. The channel provides 24-hour rolling news coverage focused primarily on Central Texas. While its main feed serves the Austin metropolitan area, it also 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 only to Spectrum Cable subscribers within the provider's Central Texas division, which includes Austin, San Marcos, Round Rock, Temple, Killeen and Waco.[1]


Logo as News 8 Austin used from 1999 to 2013.

The channel was launched on September 13, 1999 as News 8 Austin.[2] The channel changed its name to YNN Austin (for "Your News Now") on January 10, 2011,[3] 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.

Former Time Warner Cable News logo used until September 20, 2016.

On December 16, 2013, the channel once again rebranded, this time as Time Warner Cable News Austin as part of a new rebranding attempt to standardize channels across the provider's news channels that included the introduction of a new graphics and music package.[4]

On March 11, 2014, Time Warner Cable announced a second attempt to launch a regional news channel for the San Antonio market by launching a subfeed, Time Warner Cable News San Antonio. (News 9 San Antonio was the first attempt by TWC in 2003-2004.) 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) that began. The feed formally launched on June 2, 2014. Plans call for the future hirings of additional journalists based in San Antonio.[5][6][7][8][9]

On September 20, 2016, it was announced that all TWC News channels would be rebranded as Spectrum News months after Charter acquired Time Warner Cable earlier in the year.[10]


The channel operates on a news "wheel" format, offering a mix of live and taped news segments heavily focused on the Austin metropolitan area. It also provides traffic reports on weekday mornings and afternoons; as well as sports segments nightly. 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 Spectrum News Austin or its subfeeds.

Without different limitations faced by broadcast television stations due to network and programming commitments, Spectrum News Austin is known in the area for its taped coverage of community news. The channel typically does not report on stories or events relating to crime and scandal. The channel is also distinct from traditional television news operations in that its cablecasts are traditionally anchored by a single presenter. Its reporters occasionally set up, shoot and edit their own stories without the assistance of a photojournalist (a format known as one man band).

Spectrum News Austin also operates several other video and information services, including:

Channel Spectrum channel slot Description
Spectrum's RadarNOW English 355 24-hour Doppler radar service, with NOAA Weather Radio audio.
Spectrum's Non-Stop Weather English 358 1507 24-hour regional weather channels in both English and Spanish.
Spanish 359 609
Spectrum's TrafficNOW English 348 1506 24-hour traffic camera service utilizing TxDOT roadway cameras from around the Austin area.
Spectrum's Non-Stop Sports English 24-hour sports headline channel featuring local and national sports highlights.
Spectrum on Demand English 1408 Video-on-demand archive of features, series and event coverage from Spectrum News Austin.


  1. ^ "F.A.Q. About Time Warner Cable Packages". Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Spectrum News - Austin".
  4. ^ Kaplan, Don (November 20, 2013). "NY1 changing name to Time Warner Cable News NY1". Daily News. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  5. ^ "Introducing Time Warner Cable News San Antonio". Time Warner Cable. June 2, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "24-Hour Local News Channel Coming To San Antonio". Time Warner Cable. April 7, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Dinges, Gary (April 7, 2014). "Dinges: San Antonio's newest newscast originates from Austin". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Jakle, Jeanne (March 11, 2014). "Time Warner launching S.A. news channel". San Antonio Express News. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "New name - same great #Austin news, weather & sports coverage 24/7". Twitter. Retrieved 21 September 2016.

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