Time Warner to Bow N.C. Local-News Nets Time Warner to Bow N.C. Local-News Nets

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STAMFORD, CONN. -Time Warner Cable will launch 24-hour local news channels in Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., according to officials.

The MSO, which already has five local-news services, expects its North Carolina networks to begin operations by late 2001. Time Warner also recently unveiled its plans to create local news channels in Houston andSan Antonio, Texas, in partnership with Dallas-based Belo.

"We look forward to providing our customers in Charlotte and Raleigh with award-winning local news, whenever they want it," John Newton, senior vice president of Time Warner Cable, said in a prepared statement. "It is the kind of unique local-television news programming that TimeWarner Cable has been pioneering around the country.

"The North Carolina news-channel projects are beingcoordinated by the MSO's Local News Group staff, based here. Officials are now looking for sites for the new networks and will soon start recruiting local staffers.

In addition, each North Carolina news channel will have its own interactive broadband Web site. These sites would allow users toaccess additional information about the stories covered by the channels each day, and also allow them to build their own newscast.

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