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Charter Spectrum to enter crowded field of local TV news in LA




NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29:  Chairman & CEO Charter Tom Rutledge speaks onstage at the Spectrum Reach Leadership Breakfast panel at the Nasdaq MarketSite during 2016 Advertising Week New York on September 29, 2016 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Chairman & CEO Charter Tom Rutledge speaks onstage at the Spectrum Reach Leadership Breakfast panel at the Nasdaq MarketSite during 2016 Advertising Week New York on September 29, 2016 in New York City.
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Cable TV giant Charter Communications is planning a 24-hour local news channel for Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the first-of-its-kind network will be available in 1.5 million LA-area homes that get the company's Spectrum pay-TV service.

It's set to launch in November. Spectrum executive vice president Mike Bair says the focus will not be on the crime stories and car chases that are the bread and butter of current local news shows. Bair says he hopes the channel will explore community issues and happenings that typically fly below the media radar - such as charity events and high school sports. The Times says the round-the-clock news channel is part of an ambitious expansion for Charter - which includes launching nine other local news channels nationwide.

How will Spectrum’s new service penetrate an already saturated local TV news market and compete with the well-established local news outlets here?

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Cater Lee, vice president for news and content at Spectrum News

Cynthia Littleton, managing editor of television for Variety, who has been reporting on Charter Spectrum; she tweets @Variety_Cynthia

Gabriel Kahn, professor of professional practice of journalism at USC; his focus includes changing news industry, emerging media, disruption and innovation; he tweets @gabekahn

Dan Shelley, executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Association; he tweets @MurrowNYC