Press ReleaseApril 17, 2023
Spectrum News Launches Spectrum News+, New Streaming News Network Available Via Spectrum News Mobile and CTV App
Spectrum News+ Delivers Local Reporting from Spectrum’s 30+ Newsrooms Across the Country, Along with Weather and Relevant National News and Event
STAMFORD, Conn. – Spectrum News today announced the launch of Spectrum News+, a new streaming news network that provides localized reporting and trusted stories from Spectrum News’ award-winning local news networks, as well as coverage of weather and broader topics and headlines. Spectrum News+ complements Spectrum News’ portfolio of over 30 local TV news networks, utilizing the resources and expertise of its local journalists to deliver insightful coverage of news and events and their impact on communities. Spectrum News+ is available to Spectrum residential customers nationwide, including those who do not live in an existing Spectrum News market, via the Spectrum News mobile app and Roku and Apple TV streaming devices.
“By combining the power of our deeply-rooted local newsrooms with objective coverage of the day’s headlines, we are helping our audiences connect with their communities while also providing them with a comprehensive view of the world around them,” said Alison Hellman, Senior Vice President, Spectrum News. “The launch of Spectrum News+ will allow even more of our customers to have access to our news coverage, and furthers our commitment to and investment in providing meaningful news to our audiences wherever they are, and however they want to watch it.”
Spectrum News+ offers 24-hours of continuous news content Monday through Friday, with plans to expand to 24/7 by the summer. Programming features the best of Spectrum News’ local reporting, leveraging the expertise of its local journalists, anchors and Washington D.C. Bureau reporters to cover news and events that are relevant across the country.
The weekday news lineup begins at 6 a.m. ET with anchor Bree Driscoll, followed by the afternoon news from noon to 6 p.m. ET anchored by a rotating lineup of Spectrum News anchors and veteran journalist Sharon Tazewell anchoring the weekday evening news starting at 6 p.m. ET. Throughout the day, Spectrum News meteorologists will report on the latest weather events happening across the country.
In addition to news programming, Spectrum News+ will feature signature shows, including Spectrum News’ exclusive public affairs program “In Focus”; Spectrum News NY1’s premiere New York City theater show, “On Stage”; Spectrum News 1 in California’s Emmy Award-winning series “LA Stories with Giselle Fernandez”; and other specials and series from local newsrooms.
The launch of Spectrum News+ comes as Spectrum News’ investment in objective local news is more critical than ever. According to a recent Spectrum News/Morning Consult poll* on sentiments about local news, the vast majority of Americans (87%) are satisfied with the coverage of local news in their community, whereas the most recent Gallup and Knight Foundation report shows that only 35% of Americans feel national news organizations can be relied on to deliver the information they need.** By combining the power of Spectrum’s local newsrooms and the trusted reporting from local journalists, and expanding to cover locally-relevant national news, Spectrum News+ will help bridge that divide.
Over the past few years, Spectrum News has launched linear TV news networks in seven states; introduced a mobile news app that has more than two million downloads; debuted three digital-only local news operations; and, late last year launched its local news app on Roku and Apple TV, underscoring its commitment to make Spectrum News available and accessible to audiences on whichever platform they prefer.
Among Spectrum customers, Spectrum News consistently outperforms the major cable and broadcast news networks, averaging more than 2.5 million viewing households each month across its linear and digital platforms that span across the country in California, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin. ***
More information on the Spectrum News App is available here.
*Spectrum News/Morning Consult national poll of 5,000 US adults on sentiments about and trust of local news, July 11, 2022.
** Gallup/Knight Foundation Report, American Views 2022:Part 2 – Trust, Media and Democracy, January 2023
*** Spectrum set-top box data is sourced from all markets where Spectrum News has distribution, and is based on a minimum threshold of five consecutive minutes of viewing on one station to count as a viewing HH.
About Spectrum Networks
Spectrum Networks is a series of 24/7 news and sports networks owned and operated by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 32 million customers in 41 states. Spectrum Networks carry distinct, comprehensive, and exclusive local programming on over 30 networks across Charter’s footprint. More information on Spectrum Networks is available at spectrumlocalnews.com.