News 12 Launches User Generated Web Sites


Cablevision’s News 12 Networks said it launched the first of several user-generated Web sites that will serve communities within the cable TV operator’s three-state footprint.

The first of the free News 12 My Town sites, which will allow users to discuss local issues, upload photos and video from their communities, have already launched in Cablevision’s Huntington, N.Y. and Fair Lawn and Bergenfield, N.J. communities, according to the network.

The operator could launch as many as 800 My Town sites across its service area, which represents more than 3 million subscribers.

“We’re very excited about the launch of News 12 My Town, which takes our mission to deliver local news and information to a whole new level – with local residents actually providing the content that is most important and relevant to their own communities,” Patrick Dolan, president of News 12 Networks, said in a statement. “News 12 My Town breaks new ground in the creation of community-specific Web sites, allowing our viewers to become more active in their communities, to share their ideas and to share their lives with their neighbors in a way that has never before been possible.”

Visitors to the My Town website can tap into a stand-alone site representing their community or town and publish stories, post calendar information or sound off on a bulletin board. Cablevision will provide very little editing to the boards, the company said.