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ONN’s growth climbs to nearly 1.3 million households with Adephia launch in Cleveland

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland area’s primary cable television provider, Adelphia, will launch Ohio’s 24-hour cable news channel, the Ohio News Network, October 14th to 300,000 Cleveland area homes. The launch follows the completion of a long-term statewide carriage agreement between Adelphia, Ohio’s second largest cable communications company and ONN, the nation’s first statewide cable news channel. ONN will be carried on channel 70 in most of Adelphia’s service area and channel 65 in the non-digital areas in the city of Cleveland.

"We are very happy to be able to offer ONN. It is another example of Adelphia’s commitment to bring innovative and exclusive programming to our customers. Programming choices that our competitors simply do not have," said Eileen Martin, Adelphia’s area manager for the Cleveland, Ohio system.

"This is a significant milestone for our network," said John Butte, ONN vice president and general manager. "We are hugely pleased by continued growth and partnership with Adelphia. Adelphia made an early commitment to ONN, and the decision to add ONN in Cleveland represents its deep understanding of the information needs of its customers and our ability to serve them."

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, ONN launched its service on May 1, 1997, becoming the first 24-hour statewide news channel in the country. Today, nearly half of Ohio’s cable households receive the Ohio News Network in several major cities across Ohio, including Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Akron/Canton, Youngstown/Warren and Zanesville.

The Ohio News Network specializes in 24/7 news coverage for busy Ohioans, local Ohio weather forecasts every ten minutes and high school sports. ONN is the exclusive channel of Ohio high school football and basketball championship games.

With the addition of 300,000 households in Cleveland, ONN will reach nearly 1.3 million households in Ohio, putting the channel on track to soon become one of the top five largest regional news channels in the country.

ONN is a member of the Dispatch Broadcast Group, which includes WBNS-TV, WBNS-AM/FM, Ohio News Network and Radio Sound Network in Columbus, Ohio; WTHR-TV and WALV-LP in Indianapolis, Indiana; Dispatch Interactive Television in Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Adelphia Communications Corporation is the sixth largest cable television operator in the United States serving over 5.7 million cable subscribers. Its business operations include cable entertainment, high-speed Internet access, long distance telephone service, paging and security. Please visit us at

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