Since attacks on journalists dramatically escalated last year, station groups have tightened safety protocols and veteran reporters are going into potentially volatile environments with escape routes at the ready. Even after 2020’s violent crescendo, journalists must be constantly vigilant against threats that “can happen spontaneously,” says Ruschell Boone, a reporter with NY1.
One of the most daunting barriers to innovation in local TV news is fear — the danger of driving away viewers who like what you’re doing and don’t necessarily want it to change. By that standard, Spectrum News is taking on a tricky challenge: tinkering with its iconic 24/7 New York City cable news channel, NY1.
Thalia Perez and Michelle Greenstein, both of whom were let go by the company in 2017, have filed a lawsuit alleging age, gender as well as pregnancy discrimination.
NY1’s Roma Torre has spent three decades in TV, winning two Emmys. But when she lost opportunities to men and younger women, she was told “That’s just the way it is.”
For many New Yorkers, the cable news channel NY1 has been a steady, scrappy and sometimes quirky companion for a quarter century with its no-nonsense coverage of exclusively local news and issues, 24 hours a day. But change landed hard on NY1 and its viewers this week, in the form of layoffs for about a dozen employees, part of a shift in direction that employees said has been underway since Charter took over in May 2016.
NY1, Time Warner’s cable news channel in the Big Apple, wanted to reinforce its position as the city’s quintessential news channel. Its Real New Yorker campaign, a sharp-eyed series of promos that offer up fast-moving snapshots of daily life from the jaded but affectionate perspective of native New Yorkers, did just that. One of them even got the mayor to toughen up fines for cab drivers who refuse inconvenient fares.