CLTV (Chicagoland Television), as it celebrates 15 years as an established part of the local media landscape, is marking the anniversary with significant investments in its news programming and operations that will position the cable news service for the future.
“We’ve always been a forward-thinking, future-focused news organization, so our attention right now is on the next 15 years and how we can better serve our viewers and advertisers,” said Steve Farber, general manager / CLTV. “Still, it’s important to acknowledge how much we’ve accomplished since we debuted in 1993 and the impact we’ve had on the local news scene.”
Initially created, in part, to help extend the reach of Chicago Tribune journalism through a different medium and audience, CLTV established a newsroom model that incorporated both print and broadcast journalists – a concept that seemed radical by the industry 15 years ago but is now widely embraced by news organizations around the country.
When it launched on January 1, 1993, CLTV was available in only 400,000 local cable homes compared to more than 1.5 million Chicagoland homes that it serves today. According to Nielsen ratings, CLTV is regularly viewed in more local households than CNN, FOX News Channel or MSNBC.
Since launch, CLTV’s newsgathering operations have grown to aggressively cover breaking news and live events as they happen, during times of day when other local stations are unable to interrupt regular programming. This allows viewers to follow the news as it unfolds.
“Our mission was and continues to be to serve viewers with quality content about local stories that matter,” said Jill Manuel, news director. “When you look back at the last 15 years, you can see we’ve really become a definitive local news source.”
CLTV (Chicagoland Television) is Chicagoland’s premier 24-hour news channel, providing the area with local news, weather, sports and entertainment programming. Since 1993, CLTV has been the trusted source for up-to-the-minute news and information both on-air — exclusively through Comcast cable.