Jacques Natz Named GM Of New York’s News 12

Altice USA’s News 12 Networks, the hyperlocal news group serving the New York tri-state area, today appointed Jacques Natz general manager. Natz reports to Eric Harris, chief operating officer of Altice News.

A veteran journalist, digital and media strategist, Natz is responsible for the oversight of the entire News 12 organization, including editorial and business operations for all of News 12’s seven regional networks. Natz will focus on News 12’s continued growth in the digital space, maintaining and growing News 12’s strong linear viewership in the New York Metropolitan Area, while also working closely with a4, Altice USA’s advanced advertising division, on local partnership and revenue opportunities.

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“Throughout his career, Jacques has demonstrated his love for the news business and has had a hand in building great media properties with loyal audiences” said Jon Steinberg, president of Altice News and Advertising. “We’re thrilled to have him aboard as the General Manager of News 12 and look forward to him bringing his incredible talent, expertise, and vision to our newsrooms.”

Natz joins News 12 after almost eight years as the SVP and senior consultant for media research at consulting firm SmithGeiger, where his role centered on helping network, local news operations and digital companies with their strategic planning to build audience and elevate content on all platforms.

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His background also includes six years in Manhattan as Hearst TV’s first digital content director from 2006 to 2012 helping its 25-plus stations grow their digital footprint.

As news director in Boston (WHDH), Seattle (KOMO) and Indianapolis (WTHR) he helped guide his newsrooms on big news coverage, weather, investigative and day-to-day news and brand development.


Natz is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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