Capital News 9
(Time Warner cable only)
|Albany, New York|
|Branding||Capital News 9|
|Slogan||Your News Now|
cable 9 (see article for variances)
|Owner||Time Warner Cable|
|Founded||October 11, 2002|
Capital News 9 is a cable-only 24-hour news channel on Time Warner Cable in New York's Capital District. The channel debuted on October 11, 2002, nearly a year after originally planned due to various delays in infrastructure and staffing. In August 2006, Capital News 9 increased its reach to the former Adelphia systems in the market when Time Warner closed on their purchase of those systems. Due to lineup structure, Capital News 9 is seen on channels 1 or 78 in Queensbury, channel 1 or 97 in Canajoharie, and on either channel 7 (northern) or 95 (southern) in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
In April 2008, Capital News 9 began simulcasting its audio full time on local radio station WUAM 900 AM.
Prior to the launch of Capital News 9, Time Warner Cable offered local news on its systemwide local origination channel (also on channel 9) by repurposing WRGB's 6:00 news. But after Nielsen numbers showed the broadcast was competitive with WXXA's fledgling 6:30 newscast, Time Warner Cable moved forward with the launch. With the launch of Capital News 9, the regional access channel that was on channel 9 moved to channel 3 on most systems TW3.
Capital News 9 came out of a period of heavy cable news channel planning by Time Warner Cable. Within a two year period, the company launched channels in Central New York (News 10 Now), Houston and San Antonio (now Defunct stations News 24 Houston and News 9 San Antonio). Two channels were also launched in North Carolina, one based in Raleigh and another in Charlotte (both referred to as News 14 Carolina. Of the launches, only News 10 Now and a merged-together News 14 Carolina remain, the byproduct of financial losses and a dispute with the Belo Corporation which was a partner in the Texas and Charlotte outlets.
The financial issues that killed and crippled Capital News 9's sisters also had an effect on the station. In 2005, Time Warner partially merged their operations with News 10 Now of Syracuse. Consequently, both Capital News 9 and News 10 Now centralcasted their news operations from Albany, with anchors covering both stations simultaneously. Weather was hubbed out of News 10 Now's downtown Syracuse location. Each station, along with R News, carries the political review program Capital Tonight. Also, the channels' sister cable-access stations now share college sports programming if and when Time Warner can get the rights in all of its upstate markets.
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