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NECN: New England Cable News
Serves: New England, United States
Primary Studios: Newton, Massachusetts
Branding NECN
Slogan Real News. Right Now.
Channels Analog: cable 6
Digital: n/a
Affiliations ABC News
Hearst-Argyle Television
Owner Comcast Corporation
Founded March 2, 1992
Call letters’ meaning New England Cable News

New England Cable News (NECN) is a regional cable television network owned and operated by Comcast serving the New England region of the United States. It is very similar to CNN in structure and style, but focuses more on regional news. The channel is also similar to Northwest Cable News, which covers the Pacific Northwest. Its main studios are located in Newton, Massachusetts, but operates several news bureaus in the New England area, including Manchester, New Hampshire; Hartford, Connecticut; Worcester, Massachusetts; Portland, Maine; and Burlington, Vermont. New England Cable News maintains a remote camera in the Boston Globe building in the Dorchester section of Boston as well as a camera in the television studio of Suffolk University in downtown Boston. New England Cable News is available across New England in 3.7 million homes and produces several original programs. The station launched its own website on January 1, 2008, although it still provides video to, which had hosted the station's site.

NECN was launched March 2, 1992, as a joint partnership between Continental Cablevision (now part of Comcast) and the Hearst Corporation. On June 18, 2009, Hearst sold Comcast its stake in NECN. Comcast made NECN part of their Comcast SportsNet subsidiary.[1]

Because NECN was formerly jointly owned by Comcast and Hearst Corporation, it uses the resources of several New England stations owned and operated by Hearst-Argyle to assist in news coverage of the region. The Hearst-Argyle stations include nearby ABC affiliate WCVB, in Needham, which also provides NECN with national news from ABC News; New Hampshire's ABC affiliate WMUR; ABC affiliate WMTW, in Portland (NECN maintains a news bureau within the same building as WMTW, though the operations are physically separate, and uses vehicles with NECN signage locally in Maine); and WPTZ and WNNE, Vermont's two NBC affiliates. As of June 18, 2009, it is unclear how long this partnership with Hearst-Argyle for additional resources will continue.

NECN employs some of the long-lived veterans of the Boston television market, including R. D. Sahl and Chet Curtis. The station is also a training ground for local news reporters. Some of the better-known reporters who got their start at NECN include ABC's Dan Harris, CNN's Suzanne Malveaux, and CNBC's Maya Kulycky. Several of Boston's current television reporters and anchors also began at NECN.

In addition to its cable production operations, it has also produced 10 P.M. newscasts for two other Boston television stations: the first Fox 25 News at 10, on WFXT, 1993–1995, and UPN 38 Prime News, on WSBK, 1995–1998 (with intermission updates during Boston Bruins games continuing for a time afterward). Both outside productions were cancelled by NECN management. NECN helps produce Worcester News Tonight on Charter TV3 in Worcester.



NECN's weekday morning & midday meteorologist Matt Noyes presents his weather forecast. (2007)
  • NECN Morning - Monday-Friday 5:00-9:00 a.m.

An early look at all the day's headlines, plus interviews with top news-makers, real-time Metro Traffic reports, and Weather on the 1's with Matt Noyes. This show is co-anchored by Karen Swensen and Mike Nikitas.

  • NECN Today - Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • NECN Today - Monday-Friday 4:00-6:00 p.m

The show is co-anchored by Beth Shelburne and Leslie Gaydos Monday through Thursday, and by Shelburne and Ally Donnelly on Fridays. "Broadside" host Jim Braude is a regular contributor, offering opinion and analysis on the most important stories of the day.

  • Worcester News Tonight - Nightly 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Worcester News Tonight is a half hour, nightly newscast devoted to Worcester and the surrounding communities. Anchored by Leslie Gaydos, Worcester News Tonight brings breaking news, features, sports and weather to viewers from central Massachusetts.

  • Broadside with Jim Braude - Monday-Friday 6:00 p.m.

Jim Braude explores all angles of the news that affects New Englanders. Also covered are topics relating to culture, business, education and technology.

  • Right Now with R.D. Sahl - Monday-Friday 7:00 p.m.

A look at the news from a New England view.

  • NECN Tonight - Monday-Friday 9:00-10:00 p.m., 10:00-11:00 p.m., 12:00-1:00 a.m.

NECN's signature and primary newscast is a 60-minute show exploring the latest from New England, the nation and the world. It features a nightly in-depth report, "The Cover Story".

  • NECN Weekend - Saturday-Sunday 6:00a.m. & 12:00p.m.

Anchor Kristy Lee brings you the weekend headlines and weather.

  • NECN Weekend - Saturday-Sunday 5:00p.m., 6:00p.m., 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.

Other programming

  • The Secret Life of Animals - Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Host Vicki Croke explores the wonders of the animal world, from the pets in our homes to wild animals around the globe.

  • NECN Business - Monday-Friday 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.

Anchors R.D. Sahl, Beth Shelburne and Chet Curtis examine the state of the markets, news of New England businesses and the local economy. Personal finance, investing, consumer news, advertising, mutual funds, the web, high technology, bio-technology, emerging industries, and established New England companies will all be examined in the larger context of the national and international economic landscapes.

  • TV Diner - Weekdays (except Wed.) 7:30 p.m. & Saturdays 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

TV Diner reviews interesting restaurants in New England. Guest chefs and celebrities whip up goodies, and the Crusin' segment takes you into the field to visit restaurants and learn some tricks of the food trade. Plus, one lucky viewer each week becomes a "Diner for a Day", reviewing a restaurant and appearing on the show to tell all the delicious details.

  • styleboston - Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Need to get plugged into what's smart, sophisticated and stylish in Boston? Check out styleboston! styleboston integrates fashion, design, travel, nightlife, business and leisure content from Boston and beyond.

  • CEO Corner - Mondays 8:30-9:00 p.m.

Maryanne Kane hosts this half hour program which features interviews and discussion with New England’s key business leaders.

  • CSN Sportsnet Central - Monday-Sunday 11:00-11:30 p.m.

A sports news and daily wrap up program similar to ESPN's Sports Center.

  • New England Dream House - Sundays 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Monday-Friday 3:00 p.m.

Host Beth Shelburne takes you on a tour of some of the most beautiful homes in New England, explaining the architecture and design philosophy of the homes, and highlighting the craftsmanship and artisans who helped make them extraordinary. Plus, viewers get great decorating and home improvement ideas and find unique products and services to make their own homes dream houses.

  • Jay Carr's Screening Room - Fourth Saturday of each month at 10:30 p.m. and the fourth Sunday of each month at 10:30 p.m.

Jay Carr's Screening Room takes viewers into the fun and exciting world of the movies. NECN film critic Jay Carr reviews all the latest movies coming to theaters and DVD.

  • This Week in Business - Sundays 12:30 p.m.

This Week in Business examines the business stories affecting the region. Co-hosted by NECN anchor Mike Nikitas and Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Guzzi, this program also showcases many of New England's most important and influential business, technology and government leaders.

News team



  • Joe Joyce — Weekends
  • Tim Kelley — Weekday evenings
  • Danielle Niles — Morning producer; seen 9-noon during the second half-hour of "NECN Morning"
  • Matt Noyes — Executive weather producer; seen weekday mornings and early afternoons
  • Fill-in Meteorologists: Chris Jarzynka, Don Morelli, Nick Morganelli, Mark Rosenthal


  • Chris Collins
  • Mike Giardi

Talk Show Hosts


  • Brian Burnell
  • Lauren Collins
  • Ally Donnelly
  • Latoyia Edwards
  • Anya Huneke
  • Alison King
  • Barbara MacLeod
  • Scott Montminy
  • John Moroney
  • Brad Puffer
  • Greg Wayland
  • Scot Yount
  • Prat Thakkar
  • Josh Brogadier
  • Peter Howe
  • Alysha Palumbo
  • Amy Sinclair
  • Marnie MacLean

Former on-air talent

  • Tom Ellis - anchor, weekend anchor (1992-2009)
  • Margie Reedy - anchor


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