First TXCN and now NWCN: After 21 years, it goes away in January.

NWCN / Northwest Cable News
NWCN / Northwest Cable News

Well we knew it would have an end at some point but not at this point. Still, its probably not a surprise to many considering the changing shift in media consumption and its one of the reasons why this regional newschannel is going away.

After 21 years of serving the Pacific Northwest (mainly Washington, Oregon and Idaho), NWCN is scheduled to go off-air on Friday January 6th, 2017 and with it, bringing an end to an era of 24-hour regional news coverage for the Northwest. Low ratings, expiring cable contracts and a shift in media consumption are to blame for NWCN’s demise.

The newschannel launched on December 18th, 1995 as an early Christmas gift for news junkies throughout the northwest. Since then, it has produced award-winning newscasts under Northwest News (First EditionTodayEvening EditionOvernightWeekend) and other programming including Northwest Sports TONIGHT and Ciscoe LIVE (gardening) as well as Northwest Backroads and Grant’s Getaways (both travel programs).

NWCN was located at South Lake Union in Seattle, alongside flagship station KING 5 (NBC) until 2016 when they were both moved to the SoDo district at Home Plate Center which puts them across from Safeco Field, home to the MLB’s Seattle Mariners.

About 20 newsroom jobs related to NWCN will be let go, including behind and front of the camera and including one of its most popular anchors, Cam Johnson, who’s been there since 2000. She, along with half of those, will have their jobs kept within the KING 5 station or with NWCN’s parent company TEGNA, formerly Gannett, while the other half will be forced to be laid-off. The channel relied on resources of the following sister stations in the Northwest as all were owned by TEGNA and a story on NWCN’s website mentions these stations to continue to receive Northwest news and weather coverage:

  • Seattle: KING 5 (NBC) and KONG 6/16 (Ind)
  • Portland: KGW 8 (NBC)
  • Spokane: KREM 2 (CBS) and KSKN 22 (CW)
  • Boise: KTVB 7 (NBC) and Idaho’s Very Own 24/7 (KTVB 7.2; Ind)

First, it was TXCN that was shut down last year, also by TEGNA and now, NWCN will take that same fall. This will only leave NewsWatch 15 as the only 24-hour newschannel left operated by TEGNA under a joint venture with Cox Communications and WWL 4 (CBS) in New Orleans which airs nothing but live and repeats of WWL 4’s newscasts.

So in the end, yet another 24-hour newschannel falls to its demise and NWCN takes the brunt of it. Will it ever come back? Probably not anytime soon, so this era will end and it may not be like this ever again.

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6 thoughts on “First TXCN and now NWCN: After 21 years, it goes away in January.

  1. In a WMFL universe Northwest Cable News Channel (NWCN) would be owned by the WMFL Corperation. In a WMFL universe I doubt the WMFL Corperation would have shut down NWCN. Also in a WMFL universe NWCN would have a 24-hour local cable all day news channel in Spanish. NWCNC en Espanol

    This is what NWCN would look like in a WMFL universe:

    Northwest Cable NewsChannel is a regional 24-hour TV news network based in Seattle, Washington. It’s similar to the New England Cable NewsChannel, which operates out of the Boston area & covers the New England states. The service is owned by WMFL Corporation & operates out of the KST-TV building in Downtown Seattle.

    NWCNC covers news in Washington, Oregon & Idaho. It’s available to 3 million cable & over-the-air users in those principal states & to a lesser degree, California, Alaska & Montana.

    The network uses material from co-owned stations KST FOX 6 in Seattle, Washington & KPOR 8 in Portland, Oregon. Content-sharing agreements are in place with several other stations.

    The network features 24-hour news & weather programming throughout the day, plus NWCNC-produced Northwest Sports TONIGHT each evening

    Contents[show]
    NWCNC’s Newscast ScheduleEdit
    WeekdaysEdit
    NWCNC News This Morning from 4:00-11:00 AM
    NWCNC News Midday from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
    NWCNC News First at 3:00 from 3:00-4:00 PM
    NWCNC News at 4:00 from 4:00-5:00 PM
    NWCNC News LIVE at 5:00 from 5:00-6:00 PM
    NWCNC News at 6:00 from 6:00-7:00 PM
    NWCNC News, The 7:00 Report from 7:00-8:00 PM
    NWCNC News PrimeTime from 8:00-10:00 PM
    NWCNC News at 10:00 from 10:00-11:00 PM
    NWCNC News TONIGHT from 11:00-11:30 PM
    Northwest Sports TONIGHT from 11:30 PM-12:00 AM
    NWCNC News Overnight from 12:00-4:00 AM
    WeekendsEdit
    NWCNC News This Morning from 4:00 AM-12:00 PM
    NWCNC News Midday from 12:00-1:00 PM
    NWCNC News This Afternoon from 1:00-4:00 PM
    NWCNC News First at 4:00 from 4:00-5:00 PM
    NWCNC News LIVE at 5:00 from 5:00-6:00 PM
    NWCNC News at 6:00 from 6:00-7:00 PM
    NWCNC News, The 7:00 Report from 7:00-8:00 PM
    NWCNC News PrimeTime from 8:00-10:00 PM
    NWCNC News at 10:00 from 10:00-11:00 PM
    NWCNC News TONIGHT from 11:00-11:30 PM
    Northwest Sports TONIGHT from 11:30 PM-12:00 AM
    NWCNC News Overnight from 12:00-4:00 AM
    Newscasts that are Rebroadcasted on NWCNCEdit
    KST FOX 6 News at Noon, from KST-TV in Seattle, airs from 1:00-2:00 PM (Weekdays)
    KPOR NewsChannel 8 at Noon, from KPOR-TV in Portland, OR; airs from 2:00-3:00 PM (Weekdays)

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  2. Thanks to all. Best wishes in your new life chapters. All of you did a super job. Now, what will I watch in the night? Take care. Stay safe. Sincerely, Kathryn Bach Portland, Oregon

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  3. This makes me feel very sad I feel bad for everyone who was laid off and I will also miss all of the special programs they had in addition to the news my best wishes for everyone to find new jobs that will bring them as much satisfaction as they had. Everyone who worked there should be proud of the great job that they did and the end of NWCN is only because of the internet and not them

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