Orange County Newschannel

Orange County Newschannel
Orange County Newschannel
Launched September 1, 1990
Closed September 7, 2001
Owned by Freedom Communications (1990-1996)
Century Communications (1996-1999)
Adelphia (1999-2001)
Picture format 4:3 standard definition
Country United States
Language American English
Broadcast area Orange County, California
Website OC News

The Orange County Newschannel (often branded as OC Newschannel and OCN) was a regional cable news network featuring a rolling news format, serving Orange County, California south of the Metropolitan Los Angeles area. Technically a network because it was carried by multiple cable operators then in business in Orange County, OCN, launched in 1990 by Freedom Communications, was among the earliest regional 24-hour cable news cable television channels (the first being the Cablevision-owned News 12 Networks, which all launched in December 1986)[1]. As early as 1992, OCN began producing news for KTLA[2] (which would eventually attempt to rival the cable channel in its home county). Freedom sold OCN to New Canaan, Connecticut-based Century Communications, which at the time operated other cable entities in California, most notably in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, in 1996.

The network was purchased by Adelphia Cable in 1999 (eventually the name was changed slightly to Orange County News Channel) and struggled with decreasing profits and ad revenue until finally closing in 2002. Throughout its life, OCN had a largely captive audience, as the only other sources for news in Orange County were KTLA and KOCE-TV. While Adelphia may not have initially planned to purchase the network, it helped with technical issues and attempted to retain as many jobs as possible.

OCN's website continued to operate as an internet-only news portal for Orange County, offering daily news to subscribers. Several members of the news staff that had worked at OCN eventually found a new home at KOCE-TV's news desk.[3]

The network was a founding member of the Association of Regional News Channels. The station is not related to the currently-operating (and similarly named and formatted) OC channel (a digital subchannel of KOCE-TV).


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