Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 20, 2013
YNN is getting an extreme makeover.
Next month, Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour local news channel will begin rolling out a new name and a new on-air look.
The new graphics and new name – Time Warner Cable News – will be used by all 16 of the cable provider’s local news channels nationwide, including ones in New York and the Carolinas, making marketing easier and enabling more content to be shared, the company said.
"Our viewers are passionate about their local news and have a strong connection to our networks, which is why we’re continually investing in them," said David Rone, Time Warner Cable’s president of sports, news and local programming.
"We’ve been producing local news for over two decades, and we’re one of the largest local news organizations in the country. Time Warner Cable News will remain committed to delivering the same award-winning local news with a fresh new look we will debut to viewers in the coming weeks."
Other tweaks will also take place, according to Time Warner Cable, include changing YNN’s popular "Weather on the 8s" segment, which airs at 8, 18, 28, 38, 48 and 58 minutes past the hour all day long, to "Weather on the 1s," which, you guessed it, means forecasts will soon be seen instead at 1, 11, 21, 31, 41 and 51 minutes past the hour.
This isn’t the first time YNN has been rebooted. Launched in 1999 as News 8 Austin, the channel was given its current name in early 2011. Its studios are located in downtown Austin, near the University of Texas campus.