DMA 14; SEATTLE

Tegna Pulls Plug On Northwest Cable News

Tegna-owned Northwest Cable News will cease to exist on Jan. 6, 2017, ending two decades of providing news and weather in the Seattle region. The shutdown follows the retirement/buyout in April of high-profile on-screen talent and renowned off-screen producers. “It’s primarily audience based: Audiences for regional news channels are getting smaller over time,” said GM Jim Rose.

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While Tegna’s Seattle TV properties downsized with the move to a new operations center, they upsized in technology, collaboration and growth potential. The new digs turn out more than 18 hours of news a day with state-of-the-art equipment including Sony cameras, automation, production switchers and news automation that controls gear from Evertz, Logitek, Grass Valley, Abekas and Ross Video.