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New England Cable News (NECN) is a regional cable television network owned and operated by Comcast serving the New England region of the United States. It is very similar to CNN in structure and style, but focuses more on regional news. The channel is also similar to Northwest Cable News, which covers the Pacific Northwest. Its main studios are located in Newton, Massachusetts, but operates several news bureaus in the New England area, including Manchester, New Hampshire; Hartford, Connecticut; Worcester, Massachusetts; Portland, Maine; and Burlington, Vermont. New England Cable News maintains a remote camera in the Boston Globe building in the Dorchester section of Boston as well as a camera in the television studio of Suffolk University in downtown Boston. New England Cable News is available across New England in 3.7 million homes and produces several original programs. The station launched its own website on January 1, 2008, although it still provides video to Boston.com, which had hosted the station's site.
NECN was launched March 2, 1992, as a joint partnership between Continental Cablevision (now part of Comcast) and the Hearst Corporation. On June 18, 2009, Hearst sold Comcast its stake in NECN. Comcast made NECN part of their Comcast SportsNet subsidiary.
Because NECN was formerly jointly owned by Comcast and Hearst Corporation, it uses the resources of several New England stations owned and operated by Hearst-Argyle to assist in news coverage of the region. The Hearst-Argyle stations include nearby ABC affiliate WCVB, in Needham, which also provides NECN with national news from ABC News; New Hampshire's ABC affiliate WMUR; ABC affiliate WMTW in Portland (NECN maintains a news bureau within the same building as WMTW, though the operations are physically separate, and uses vehicles with NECN signage locally in Maine); and WPTZ and WNNE, Vermont's two NBC affiliates. As of June 18, 2009, it is unclear how long this partnership with Hearst-Argyle for additional resources will continue.
NECN employs some of the long-lived veterans of the Boston television market, including R. D. Sahl and Chet Curtis. The station is also a training ground for local news reporters. Some of the better-known reporters who got their start at NECN include ABC's Dan Harris, CNN's Suzanne Malveaux, and CNBC's Maya Kulycky. Several of Boston's current television reporters and anchors also began at NECN. [Source