Press ReleaseMarch 17, 2022
Spectrum Networks to Add National News Team Led by Veteran NY1 Journalist Annika Pergament
Move Brings Spectrum Networks’ Objective Approach to Covering Local Impact of National Stories and Events
New York, NY – Spectrum Networks today announced plans to dedicate a team of journalists throughout Spectrum’s news footprint to cover nationally relevant news and events and their impact on local communities. Spectrum News NY1 veteran journalist Annika Pergament will move from her current role as “Mornings on 1” co-anchor to become a national news anchor. In this role, she will anchor breaking news events and national content across Spectrum Networks’ linear TV networks and other platforms, providing nuanced, locally-informed context. Helmed by Sam Singal, Spectrum Networks’ Vice President of Editorial and Content, who brings more than 20 years of national news experience with NBC News, this team of journalists will report on national news and its impact on Spectrum’s communities.
“Grounded in the trust we have built by telling stories about the issues that affect our viewers’ daily lives, we are implementing a comprehensive news strategy that will allow us to continue to meet the growing needs of our audience,” said Alison Hellman, Senior Vice President, Content, Strategy and Marketing, Spectrum Networks. In a recent nationwide survey, viewers rated Spectrum News as more trustworthy than other local TV news channels by a margin of more than five-to-one.* Hellman continued, “Our audience looks to us as their definitive source of information, so it's essential for us to connect on all of the issues that matter to them.”
While the majority of Spectrum Networks’ news coverage in 2021 was focused on local community-based reporting, Spectrum Networks brought its objective journalism to specific events of national significance, producing specials on the presidential inauguration, immigration crisis at the U.S. Mexico border, and the trial of Derek Chauvin with locally-informed reporting and insights. At a time when trust in national media has never been lower,** Spectrum Networks’ audience regularly turned to Spectrum Networks as an outlet they could rely on to localize the impact of these events; this programming consistently drew double-digit increases in viewership.
"I am excited and honored to take on this new role," Pergament said. "I've spent my career helping inform New Yorkers about the news that impacts their lives. Now I will have the opportunity to do that for audiences around the country, working with my colleagues across the Spectrum Networks footprint to bring our audience the day's top stories across all of our platforms. The news business is changing rapidly and I am eager to be at the forefront of that evolution."
With Annika’s move to the national team, Emmy Award-winning news anchor Pat Kiernan will continue to wake up New Yorkers alongside Jamie Stelter and meteorologist Erick Adame weekdays on “Mornings on 1.”
Over the last few years, Spectrum Networks launched linear TV news networks in seven states, introduced the Spectrum News mobile app, which has reached 1.9 million downloads, and launched three digital-only local news networks. Spectrum Networks continues to outperform the major cable and broadcast news networks, regularly ranking as the most-watched news network among Spectrum customers, averaging more than 2.6 million viewing households per month across its linear and digital platforms in 12 states.***
* Front Row national survey of 10,000 Spectrum News viewers, fall 2021
** Pew Research Center, August 2021
*** Spectrum set-top box data is sourced from all markets where Spectrum News has distribution, and are based on a minimum threshold of 5 consecutive minutes of viewing on one station to count as a viewing HH.
About Spectrum Networks
Spectrum Networks is a series of 24/7 news and sports networks owned and operated by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 32 million customers in 41 states. Spectrum Networks carry distinct, comprehensive, and exclusive local programming on over 30 networks across Charter’s footprint. More information on Spectrum Networks is available at spectrumlocalnews.com.