WJZ-TV hooks up with cable for news

July 22, 1992|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer

A local news collaboration between WJZ-Channel 13 and the cable systems serving Baltimore and Baltimore County could be the first step toward additional cable/broadcast joint ventures, according to officials involved.

The top-rated local news operation next week will begin producing "Eyewitness News Cable Capsules," five-minute spots of local news scheduled to be seen nine times daily on the CNN Headline News channel of United Artists Cable in the city (Channel 15) and Comcast Cablevision in the county (Channel 10).

Marcellus Alexander, vice president and general manager of WJZ-TV, called the effort "a first step toward perhaps many other ideas with the cable partners we have."

"The cable industry and the broadcast industry are joining forces," said Marilyn Harris-Davis, community affairs manager of United Cable. Stephen Burch, regional vice president of Comcast, added, "On other program channels we might have an opportunity to do other things."

About 160,000 Comcast subscribers and about 100,000 United subscribers will have access to the news capsules, comprising three different five-minute spots of local-interest news each weekday. CNN Headline News provides local cable operators an hourly five-minute "window" to fill with local material, if desired.

Denise Koch and Al Sanders head the Channel 13 anchors announcing the spots.

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