Policy

TWC Opens Up a D.C. News Bureau

12/19/2011 12:01 AM Eastern

Washington — Time Warner Cable has quietly
opened a news bureau here to serve its local and regional
news networks, the company confirms.

But not so quietly
that it did not
get a shout-out in
Congress.

According to a
TWC spokesperson,
the bureau is
at 400 N. Capitol
Street — C-SPAN
is housed in the
same building
— and comprises
a bureau chief
two reporters and
a field producer/
cameraperson
serving TWC
regional news
channels in Albany,
Binghamton,
Buffalo, Hudson
Val ley, Jamestown,
Rochester,
Syracuse and
Watertown, N.Y.;
Aust in, Texas;
and Charlot te,
Greensboro, Raleigh
and Wilmington,
N.C.

The bureau has a fiber link to all those channels
via New York City-based channel New York 1 News,
as well as a small studio for live reports.

And broadcasters aren’t the only ones who can
claim inside-the-Beltway props for all that publicinterest
friendly news and weather and sports and
community service. In fact, TWC received big public-
interest recognition in extended remarks from
hometown Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) in the Congressional
Record
.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today [Dec. 8] to commend Time
Warner Cable, which is headquartered in my district,
for its investment in local television news coverage,
specifically for opening a Washington, D.C., news bureau
that will cover stories and events here in Washington
that are important to the communities served
by its 14 local news channels throughout the country.
“Mr. Speaker, Time Warner Cable is dedicating significant resources to high quality local news channels
that provide critical local news, weather, traffic
and sports coverage in the local communities that
they serve. These stations are good for the public,
and for our republic, at a time when many local television
news budgets are being cut and local newspapers
are cutting back, too. Thus it is important to note
the rare times when we see new investment in local
news coverage.

“I applaud Time Warner Cable for recognizing the
importance of local news, for investing in it, and creating
jobs while providing this critical service to its
customers — many of whom are my constituents.
With more local news coverage, it’s a certainty that
we will have a better informed citizenry, which can
only improve our nation.”

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