Spectrum News Austin (previously Time Warner Cable News Austin) is a Charter Communications-owned cable news station in the United States. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a concentration on Central Texas. It has sub-feeds for San Antonio and Waco in addition to its main feed, which serves the Austin metropolitan area.
The channel’s headquarters are at 1708 Colorado Street in Austin, just north of the Texas State Capitol and south of the University of Texas’ main campus. Only Spectrum Cable customers in the Central Texas division, which encompasses Austin, San Marcos, Round Rock, Temple, Killeen, and Waco, can get it.
Spectrum News Austin – Background
The channel debuted as News 8 Austin on September 13, 1999.  On January 10, 2011,, the channel changed its name to YNN Austin (for “Your News Now”), as part of Time Warner Cable’s gradual move to a unified brand for most of its other regional news channels, which began the year before on its Buffalo and Rochester news channels in New York. Until September 20, 2016, the former Time Warner Cable News logo was in use.
The channel was rebranded as Time Warner Cable News Austin on December 16, 2013, as part of a major rebranding effort to standardize channels throughout the provider’s news channels, which included the introduction of new visuals and music. Time Warner Cable launched a subfeed, Time Warner Cable News San Antonio, on March 11, 2014, in a second attempt to develop a regional news channel for the San Antonio market. (TWC’s first attempt was with News 9 San Antonio in 2003-2004.) It would be located out of TWCN Austin’s offices and share management personnel, with reports filed for cablecast by San Antonio-based multi-platform reporters in a separate bureau set up in that city.
It was soft-launched on April 8 with a series of weeknight preview broadcasts of two of the channel’s programming (political discussion show Capital Tonight and sports highlight show Sports Night). On June 2, 2014, the feed was officially launched. Additional journalists located in San Antonio will be hired in the future, according to plans. After Charter acquired Time Warner Cable earlier this year, it was announced on September 20, 2016, that all TWC News channels would be rebranded as Spectrum News.
Beginning on October 16, 2020, Charter stated that Spectrum News Austin would be expanded into a statewide news channel, Spectrum News 1, serving all Spectrum markets in Texas (including Dallas–Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Waco, and Harlingen–McAllen–Brownsville). In addition to its present staff in Austin and San Antonio, the channel will maintain a nearly two-dozen-strong team of reporters in communities where Spectrum News 1 plans to extend its coverage.
Spectrum News Austin – Programming
The station follows a news “wheel” style, with a combination of live and taped news programs focusing mostly on the Austin metro area. On weekday mornings and afternoons, it also broadcasts traffic updates, as well as sports parts nightly. Throughout the day, producers update the wheel, inserting new material as articles are submitted and new information becomes available. When tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings are in place for any section of Spectrum News Austin or its sub feeds, the channel delivers wall-to-wall severe weather coverage in addition to regular weather segments every 10 minutes “on the 1’s.”
Spectrum News Austin is noted in the area for its taped coverage of community news, which it does without the constraints that broadcast television stations face due to network and programming commitments. Typically, the station does not cover topics or events involving crime or scandal. In addition, unlike traditional television news operations, the channel’s cablecasts are often hosted by a single presenter. Its correspondents set up, shoot, and edit their own stories on occasion without the help of a photojournalist (a format known as a one-man-band.
Other video and information services operated by Spectrum News Austin include:
- Spectrum’s RadarNOW
- Spectrum’s Non-Stop Weather
- Spectrum’s TrafficNOW
- Spectrum’s Non-Stop Sports
- Spectrum on Demand
For consumers in the Austin, Texas area, Spectrum News 1 Austin is accessible on channels 1, 8, and 200 exclusively on Spectrum. In Austin, TX, KEYE is a CBS local network affiliate. Local news, weather, traffic, live sports, daytime, primetime, and late-night programming are all available on KEYE. With an antenna on Channel 42 or by subscribing to a live streaming service, you’ll be able to watch the broadcast channel.
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