Manhattan gets Regional

RCN spreads to Queens

The Regional News Network, which operates as an independent TV station headquartered in Kingston, N.Y., but reaches about 3.5 million households in the greater New York area, will get its signal into Manhattan and Queens for the first time via a deal with the RCN Corp.

RCN, a distributor of cable networks to subscribers through fiber-optic technology, has picked up Regional News Network chiefly because the ad-supported channel carries lots of local news and sports. RCN aims to use its carriage of RCN, which begins this week, to lure cable subscribers away from Time Warner Cable of New York City.

The advantage TW Cable has held over RCN is New York One News, a popular 24/7 cable network owned by Time Warner, which has declined to make it available to RCN.

The Regional News Network runs three hours of local news and public affairs every weeknight at 6, providing news recaps through the rest of the programming day.

Regional News Network has made it a priority to get into New York; the net has set up its main studio at 437 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan, and it also has a studio in Astoria, Queens. The network’s local coverage extends to Connecticut, New Jersey and parts of upstate New York.

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