Study Finds Altice USA's News 12 is Main Source of Local News for New York Tri-State Area Residents

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Altice USA's News 12 Networks is the main source of local news among adults in the New York Tri-State area, according to a new study from Pew Research Center. The study, based on a survey of approximately 35,000 adults across the United States, focused on how Americans learn about and consume local news in their communities.

In response to an open-ended question, News 12 Networks was named the main source of local news in the New York tri-state area by more respondents than any other local news source in the area, including all major local broadcast affiliates, and twice as many times as the next leading network.

"This study underscores the importance of local news and how viewers in the tri-state area rely on News 12 Networks and our talented news teams for hyper-local coverage of their communities,” said Michael Schreiber, President of Altice USA News. “We thank our viewers for making News 12 their preferred source for local news and look forward to continuing to deliver the very best hyper-local coverage, from breaking news events to weather and everything in between.”

Overall, the study found that local TV stations were the top type of local news provider in the tri-state area, with 32 percent of respondents saying they tuned in to TV stations for their news often, followed by daily newspapers at 19 percent and radio stations at 14 percent.

News 12 Networks is the most viewed TV network on Altice USA’s Optimum TV lineups, and the network continues to experience significant growth in both TV ratings and digital viewership.

According to Nielsen, in Q1 2019, News 12 experienced its sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in the M-F 5-9 AM daypart among adults aged 25-54 and saw a 20% increase in ratings over the same quarter during the last year among adults aged 25-54 during the M-F 6-9 AM daypart.

In addition, News 12 also saw a record number of unique visitors to digital and mobile platforms and had the best year to date in terms of social media engagement and web/mobile views in network history.

News 12 also continues to be recognized for its high-quality journalism, earlier this year receiving 51 New York Emmy® Awards nominations for its recent news programming.

About Altice USA

Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS) is one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, delivering broadband, pay television, telephony services, Wi-Fi hotspot access, proprietary content and advertising services to approximately 4.9 million residential and business customers across 21 states through its Optimum and Suddenlink brands.

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Source: Altice USA