NY1 (also known as Spectrum News NY1 and spoken as "New York One") is an American cable news television channel that's owned by Charter Communications through its acquisition of Time Warner Cable in May 2016. The channel provides 24-hour news coverage, with a focus on the five boroughs of New York City; its programming primarily features news and weather forecasts, however NY1 additionally features specialty programmes such as Inside City Hall (which is renamed Road to City Hall throughout New York City mayoral elections).

NY1 is available on Time Warner Cable's New York City system on channel 1 in standard definition and channel 701 in high definition. On Altice USA in the New York City area, it is carried on channel 8 (it was previously seen on channel 1, before Cablevision moved the channel to its current slot in December 2010), and is transmitted by the provider in letterboxed standard definition (downconverted from the HD feed). The channel is available to more than two million cable customers within the five boroughs of New York City, as well as nearby Bergen County in New Jersey and Mount Vernon in Westchester County, New York. As of 2014, NY1 isn't currently available on Verizon FiOS.

Outside of the New York metropolitan area, NY1 is carried on Time Warner Cable systems throughout New York State, and its HD simulcast channel is available on Bright House Networks' Orlando and Tampa systems. It is additionally available on Time Warner Cable's Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro systems in North Carolina on digital channel 215, both in standard and high definition. Outside of the New York area, a loop of public service announcements and Time Warner Cable promo ads is played over New York-specific advertising.

History

NY1 was conceived by Richard Aurelio, the president of Time Warner Cable's New York City cable group. The channel launched on September 8, 1992; it originally operated from a newsroom at the National Video Center at 460 West 42nd Street in the Manhattan borough of New York City, under the guidance of vice president of news Paul Sagan and news director Steve Paulus. Construction of the 42nd Street facility was completed just over 1½ months earlier on July 15, however the channel's newly hired reporters actually began work one month beforehand by attending a videojournalism "boot camp".

While a few of NY1's reporters had used their own cameras in additional markets, most of them had no exposure to the technical side of journalism. Following their training, the reporters and the rest of the staff took part in an additional two-month training period that included four weeks of real-time rehearsal. A watershed event came in the final weeks of training, with the collapse of a former post office building on Manhattan's West Side. Although the channel wasn't yet on the air, NY1 reporters covered the storey as if the channel was fully operational, interviewing survivors and witnesses, and reporting the storey more fully than competing television outlets.

Following the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, NY1's feed was temporarily transmitted internationally through Oxygen after the cable channel was unable to broadcast regular programming from its headquarters in the Manhattan neighbourhood of Battery Park City, located near the World Trade Center. In 2001, Time Warner Cable began offering NY1 to digital cable subscribers in the Albany market (it remained on that system even after the October 2002 launch of sister cable news channel Capital News 9); the channel was added to Time Warner Cable systems in additional markets – primarily those located in Upstate New York – thereafter.

In January 2002, the channel moved its operations to a new, all-digital facility on the sixth floor at Chelsea Market at 75 Ninth Avenue (between West 15th-16th Streets) in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan. On June 30, 2003, Time Warner Cable launched NY1 Noticias, a Spanish-language version of the channel for digital cable subscribers. In 2005, NY1 launched NY1 on Demand, a video-on-demand service for Time Warner Cable customers, available on channel 1111 in the provider's New York City system.

In 2008, NY1 launched a high-definition simulcast feed on Time Warner Cable digital channel 701, although it was originally broadcast only in a pillarboxed format (a center-cut 4:3 picture with sidebars of the NY1 logo), until the channel migrated to a full 16:9 widescreen format in October 2009.

Rebranding to Time Warner Cable News NY1 and then Spectrum News NY1

Former Time Warner Cable News NY1 Logo used from December 16, 2013 to September 20, 2016

On March 14, 2013, Time Warner Cable announced plans to rebrand NY1 and its additional regional news channels (including News 14 Carolina and the Your News Now networks) under the TWC News brand by the end of the year, along with the adoption of new on-air logos and a standardised graphics package for each of the channels. The reasoning for the name change was due to the perception by the company that Time Warner Cable subscribers didn't know that the provider owns its regional news channels and are largely exclusive to its systems (NY1 is an exception, as it is additionally carried by Cablevision in the New York City market).

The proposed name change for NY1 met with immediate controversy among Time Warner Cable's subscribers due to the familiarity with the brand and dissatisfaction with the provider's service by its New York City area customers. Time Warner Cable explored the possibility of keeping the NY1 brand while additionally including on-air references to its TWC ownership in a few fashion, though executives confirmed that the rebranding would have no effect on the channel's news format or reporting style.

On November 20, Time Warner Cable announced that it would append the "Time Warner Cable News" brand to the beginning of the NY1 name, while "NY1" would continue to be used on-air as a primary brand. The revised branding as well as the new graphics and music package (which included a modified version of the logo used by the channel after 2001, amended alongside the "Time Warner Cable News" logo) went into effect on December 16.

As part of Charter Communications' acquisition of Time Warner Cable, the "Time Warner Cable News" branding was dropped on all of the network's channels (including New York One) and was renamed to "Spectrum News" starting on September 20, 2016. While the NY1 name is still in use, especially on air, it continues to incorporate the "Spectrum News" brand to the beginning of the NY1 name.

NY1 as prototype for additional Time Warner Cable markets

NY1 was the first regional news channel to be operated by Time Warner Cable prior to the acquisition of Charter Communications; the cable provider has after launched 24-hour news channels in several additional markets that are modelled after NY1 (two of which, News 24 Houston and News 9 San Antonio, both operated as joint ventures between TWC and Belo, had shut down within their first two years of operation). In addition to the channels launched by TWC, the provider additionally acquired Spectrum News Rochester (which debuted in 1990 as "WGRC") in 1995, after it assumed cable franchise rights in the Rochester, New York market from Greater Rochester Cablevision. The majority of these channels, as of September 20, 2016, are now branded as "Spectrum News" as part of the integration with Time Warner Cable and Charter Communication's cable systems into Charter Spectrum. The channels include:

Format

Remote broadcast van.

Each half-hour rolling news block starts with "NY1 Minute" news summary. Every 10 minutes on the 1's, "Weather on the 1s" is aired, featured NYC weather forecasts and followed by "Your Traffic" (rush hours only) to update road conditions.

Every weekdays, NY1 features full news, weather and traffic summaries from 5:00am to 7:00pm.

Nearly all storeys are pre-recorded, even segments made to look like they're occurring live; instead of a "live" indicator throughout field reports from NY1's reporters, most storeys seen on the channel have an on-screen graphic merely stating that the reporter is (or was) "on scene". This is because when the report was first broadcast, it might have originally been shown live but is usually not once it is re-aired, unless it updates a breaking news event. Moreover, reporters generally tape their own storeys with video cameras (a practise known as video journalism), and send these taped reports to the newsroom to be edited for broadcast.

Sports reports are featured throughout the day; the channel additionally airs an hour-long call-in sports show, Sports on 1: The Last Word, every night at 11:35 p.m. NY1 additionally features human-interest segments within its rolling news blocks such as the "New Yorker of the Week" and the "Scholar Athlete of the Week".

Locally produced programs

News All Morning / News All Day / News All Evening / News All Night / News All Weekend

These are NY1 news bulletins. It airs almost every hour of the day. Based from NYC's local time, it will show the time on the programme ("News All Morning" at 6H-12H, "News All Night" throughout nighttime,...) Here, NY1 Minute is aired every half hour, along with news, traffic, weather and sports reports.

The Call

Launched in July 2005, The Call is a live, one-hour call-in and write-in news show hosted by John Schiumo. Throughout the day, viewers are encouraged to vote on the top news storeys of the day, and after receiving an e-mail alert as to the top story, are asked to write or call in to discuss the topic with Schiumo. The programme was expanded to one hour in January 2012 in response to viewer requests. Airs weeknights at 9:00 p.m.

Inside City Hall / Road to City Hall

Inside City Hall (titled Road to City Hall throughout mayoral election cycles) is a weeknight political programme (airing at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m.) that covers politics both local and national. NY1 and its upstate sister channels have collaborated on (and sponsored) a number of political debates, coverage of these use Inside City Hall presentation.

News at Eleven

In an effort to compete with local late-night newscasts on the area's broadcast television stations in the timeslot, NY1 debuted a nightly 11:00 p.m. newscast titled NY1 News at Eleven (later retitled Time Warner Cable News NY1 at Eleven with the channel's 2013 rebranding) on January 22, 2007. The newscast is anchored by Lewis Dodley on weeknights and Cheryl Wills on weekends; weather segments are conducted by meteorologists from NY1's sister news channels in Upstate New York: Time Warner Cable News Central New York meteorologist Todd Kerkman appears on the weeknight broadcasts, while Time Warner Cable News Capital Region meteorologist Heather Morrison appears on the weekend broadcasts. Sports segments are anchored by Phil Andrews or by Dario Melendez on alternating Friday and Saturdays, Kevin Garrity on Sundays through Wednesdays, and by Budd Mishkin on Thursdays.

The New York Times Close Up

Hosted by New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts and produced in association with the newspaper, The New York Times Close Up (airing Saturdays at 10:00 p.m. and Sundays at 10:00 a.m.) gives viewers an inside preview of the most compelling reports from Sunday's Times, with the correspondents who filed the stories, and features Times reporters, columnists and editors examining the week's top storeys in the New York City area.

New York Tonight

New York Tonight is an hour-long programme (airing weeknights at 8:00 p.m.) which provides a recap of the top storeys of the day; it is anchored by Lewis Dodley, with weather segments conducted by meteorologist John Davitt, and includes feature segments One on 1 with Budd Mishkin and NY1 for You.

On Stage

On Stage is a half-hour programme (airing Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.) that primarily features reports on the New York City theatre scene, as well as reports on theatrical performances from around the region. It is hosted by Donna Karger, with Patrick Pacheco conducting interviews. NY1 weekday afternoon anchor Roma Torre, who has a background in theater, is the critic for the show. Outside critics David Cote (of Time Out New York) and David Sheward (of Backstage) additionally contribute reviews. Frank DiLella conducts on-scene reporting.

Sports on 1: The Last Word

Sports on 1: The Last Word is a live 55-minute call-in sports programme (airing nightly at 11:35 p.m.), which provides recaps of the local sports scores and headlines of the day; it is hosted by Phil Andrews or by Dario Melendez on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, Kevin Garrity on Sundays through Wednesdays, and Budd Mishkin on Thursdays.

In Transit

NY1 reintroduces "In Transit", a weekly round-up of all things subway and buses. Hosted by NY1 transit reporter Jose Martinez, the show highlights the most important NYC transit storeys of the week and goes in-depth with guest segments. It goes live at 8:45 p.m. on Friday.

In the Papers

This is NY1's press review program. It airs daily at 8:41am, Monday-Saturday at 7:41am, weekdays at 9:41am, Saturday at 10:42am and weekends at 11:42am.

Full NY1 schedule

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
12:30amCity Health Beat (repeat)NY1 On Stage (repeat)News All NightTalking Pictures on Demand (Repeat)
1:00amNews All WeekendNews All NightNews All Weekend
3:00amThe Call (Repeat)News All Weekend
4:00amSports on 1: The Last Word (Repeat)
5:00amNews FirstNews All Weekend
6:00amNews All Morning
9:30amNY1 On StageNY1 On Stage (Repeat)
10:00amNews All WeekendThe NY Times Close Up (Repeat)
11:00amNews All Weekend
12:00pmNews All Day
12:30pmTalking Pictures on Demand
1:00pmNews All Weekend
5:30pmCity Health Beat
6:00pmNews All EveningNews All Weekend
7:00pmInside City Hall
7:30pmNY1 On Stage (Repeat)
8:00pmNew York TonightNew York TonightNews All Weekend
8:45pmIn TransitIn Transit (Repeat)
9:00pmThe CallNews All WeekendNews All Weekend
10:00pmInside City Hall (Repeat)The NY Times Close Up
11:00pmNews at Eleven
11:35pmSports on 1: The Last Word

Hosts

News

  • Pat Kiernan
  • Lewis Dodley
  • Vivian Lee (also a reporter)
  • Kristen Shaughnessy
  • Roma Torre
  • Cheryl Wills

Weather

  • John Davitt

Sports

  • Kevin Garrity (anchor / reporter)

Traffic

  • Adelle Caballero
  • Jamie Stelter
  • Naomi Yane

Business

  • Diane King Hall (anchor / reporter)
  • Annika Pergament

Political

  • Geoff Bennett
  • Bobby Cuza
  • Courtney Gross
  • Grace Rauh

Former hosts

NY1 Noticias

NY1 Noticias (pronounced as "New York One Noticias" and additionally known as "Spectrum Noticias NY1") is a Spanish language regional cable news channel that was launched on June 30, 2003 as an offshoot of NY1. It is available on Time Warner Cable digital channels 95 and 801. Like its English language parent network, NY1 Noticias covers general news storeys primarily focused around the New York City metropolitan area, along with in-depth coverage of issues affecting the area's Hispanic population.

NY1 Rail and Road

NY1 Rail and Road (pronounced as "New York One Rail and Road") is a cable channel that focuses on the traffic and mass transit conditions within the New York City metropolitan area. Launched on August 18, 2010, the channel is exclusive to Time Warner Cable subscribers (carried on digital channel 104 in New York City, and digital channel 91 in New Jersey and the Hudson Valley). The channel features traffic and transit updates on five-minute intervals with separate feeds for Manhattan and Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Hudson Valley, respectively.

Film

Literature

Music

  • "That's It That's All", from the To the 5 Boroughs (2004) album by the Beastie Boys, contains the line "Like George Whipple on New York 1; Got a hairy ass and that's no fun." Whipple covers celebrity gossip and high society for NY1.

Television

Briefly show televisions in the background that are tuned to NY1.

  • Episodes of the drama series The Sopranos (1999–2007) feature NY1 television reporters and anchors.
  • The sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) features character Robin Scherbatsky as an NY1 reporter, although the show brands it "Metro News 1". The character formerly co-anchored the network with Sandy Rivers, who reads from the newspaper much like NY1's Pat Kiernan.
  • In an episode of the sitcom 30 Rock (since 2006), the character Liz Lemon mentions that one of her fears is having her picture shown on NY1 after dying alone in her apartment.
  • In Season 1, Episode 8 of Showtime's Billions Pat Kiernan, breaks news on NY1

Podcasts

  • Media in New York City
  • News 12 Networks - a similar group of 24-hour regional cable news channels operated by Cablevision.
  • FiOS1 - a similar group of 24-hour regional cable news channels operated by Verizon FiOS.
  • Time Warner Cable News - a group of 24-hour regional cable news channels operated by Time Warner Cable; NY1 is the only regional news channel operated by TWC in the state of New York that doesn't utilise the TWCN brand using the same stricter branding standards as its sister channels.