United States Cable News

United States Cable News

Cable news refers to television channels devoted to television news broadcasts, with the name deriving from the proliferation of such networks during the 1980s with the advent of cable television. In the United States, early networks included CNN in 1980, Financial News Network in 1981, and CNN2 (now HLN) in 1982. CNBC was created in 1989, taking control of FNN in 1991. By 1997, the cable news industry grew to incorporate several other networks, including MSNBC, Fox News Channel, and specialty channels including Bloomberg Television, ESPNews, and Fox Business Network.

As the highest rated and most widely available cable news channels, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC are sometimes referred to as the "Big Three". Beginning with Fox News, some television networks shifted emphasis from simple news and news analysis to focus on opinion programming. While the networks are usually referred to as 24-hour news networks, reruns of news programs and opinion programming are played throughout the night, with the exception of breaking news.

Regional 24-hour cable news television channels that are primarily concerned with local programming and cover some statewide interest are News 14 Carolina that operates out of North Carolina, NY1 operates from New York City and Northwest Cable News (NWCN) operates from Seattle. New England Cable News covers the six state region of New England, while the primary core of Your News Now covers the numerous regions of Upstate New York.

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