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"In 1996, we launched CN8 as a television platform to make national issues relevant to a regional audience," said Michael Doyle, president, Comcast Cable Eastern Division and founder, CN8. "In doing so, we created an entirely new genre and network model that showcases original programming, award-winning hosts, and uncensored interviews unavailable elsewhere. CN8 has effectively filled a void left by the networks for smart, entertaining and informative programming relevant to the regions in which we live and work."
CN8's early shows included "Real Life with Mary Amoroso," "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle," "Let's Cook with Paul Dillon" and "One on One with Steve Adubato." These successful shows remain at the heart of CN8's nightly lineup and explore the issues and people making headlines in the worlds of politics, entertainment, music, current events and more. CN8 supplements its original programming with viewer call-in formats that invite people to share thoughts and ask questions of experts who explain national issues within a regional context. Today, CN8 offers 12 daily shows and seven weekly shows including the popular "Lou Tilley's Sports Connection," "Money Matters Today with Mary Caraccioli," and "Backstage with Barry Nolan."
News programming also remains at the backbone of CN8. In its founding years, CN8 spearheaded two industry firsts by producing regional nightly news and airing its hour-long programs, "News at 7 & 10 PM," during time slots that better met viewer needs. In 2003, CN8 launched "CN8 News Midday," a 30-minute update at 1:00 PM. "Your Morning," a two-hour morning show further complements CN8's News offerings with the addition of lifestyle and talk segments amongst news and current event reports. CN8 also produces "Newsmakers," five-minute segments that air on CNN Headline News featuring local elected officials and community leaders. In 2004 alone, CN8 produced 3,217 "Newsmakers" segments featuring renowned politicians such as Senator Rick Santorum, Senator Jon Corzine, Senator Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Mayor John Street.
Since its inception, live coverage of both national and local political events has been a hallmark of CN8 programming. In 2004 alone, CN8's Political Director, Lynn Doyle, led the network's coverage of every major political event leading up to Election 2004, starting with the New Hampshire Primaries. CN8 provided live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Democratic National Convention in July, and will continue its coverage of national and local races through Election Night on November 2 and the swearing-in of the President- Elect in January 2005. During Election 2000, CN8 aired live until 2:32 AM and was the only network not to call the vote because its trusted political analysts said it was too close to call.
When it comes to entertainment, CN8 boasts a nationally recognized team of entertainment reporters that includes Barry Nolan of Extra! fame and Sara Edwards of NBC. The duo take viewers behind the scenes to red carpet national, regional and local events, like the Nantucket Film Festival, and have aired exclusive interviews with movie stars such as Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock.
In addition to CN8's nightly sports program "Lou Tilley's Sports Connection" and Tilley's daily reporting on "News at 7 & 10 PM," CN8 offers comprehensive sports coverage, producing and airing exclusive regional sporting events that take place in its Maine-to-Maryland footprint. The network covers the gamut from intensely popular sports like Professional Baseball, Pro Hockey and College Football, to more niche audience programming including MISL Soccer and Arena Football, and special events such as the Advanta Tennis tournament, various International Boxing matchups, plus figure skating and gymnastics championship events. CN8 Sports is also lauded for airing the most comprehensive lineup in boys' and girls' high school sports with "CN8's Varsity Sportzone," offering the best regional games up and down the Northeast corridor. In 2004, CN8 will air 250 exclusive sporting events the national networks overlook. These previously un-televised events attract the network's largest viewing audiences, some with Nielsen ratings exceeding 8.0.
CN8 programs and hosts have earned ongoing recognition for their success. The prestigious National Television Academy has honored the network with 182 Emmy nominations. Other industry honors include more than 100 Telly Awards and more than a dozen Aurora Awards recognizing CN8 programming excellence and individual host achievements. CN8 hosts are also honored for their numerous and ongoing contributions to the communities, charities and universities they serve.
"CN8 will continue to lead regional cable television to serve the needs of our viewer audience," said Jon Gorchow, vice president and general manager, CN8. "We will extend the momentum built in our first eight years by further converging the worlds of CN8 programming with Comcast Cable products and services, such as Video On Demand, that allow viewers more choice and flexibility in both what they watch and when. In addition, we have already identified exciting new programming offerings for 2005, and will extend CN8's reach into new viewing territories."
CN8, The Comcast Network will celebrate its past, future and leadership during its eight-year anniversary event on Wednesday, October 20 in Philadelphia. CN8 executives, program hosts and more than 300 employees and programming partners will join for a special look back and look ahead at CN8's pioneering efforts in regional cable television.
About CN8, The Comcast Network
CN8, The Comcast Network (http://www.cn8.tv/) has quickly become one of the nation's largest and most honored regional 24-hour diversified television networks - serving 6.4 million cable homes on the East Coast. The network provides quality, locally produced programming in four main areas: live, interactive television; regional news; entertainment; and coverage of high school, college and professional sports. CN8 has been nominated for 182 regional Emmy Awards. CN8, The Comcast Network is owned and operated by Comcast Cable Communications, Inc., a division of Comcast Corporation , and the country's leading cable and broadband services provider.
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