04.06.2007 08:00 AM
Verizon launches local news channel in Washington, D.C.

Verizon last week launched a new local TV channel for subscribers to its FiOS TV service in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

FiOS1 is the company's first owned-and-operated TV channel in the country. Verizon expects to launch similar channels in other markets this year. Michelle Webb, a former ABC News producer, is heading up FiOS1 as executive producer and general manager.

WUSA, the Gannett-owned CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., will provide news content, and the Associated Press will provide news headlines for on-screen info-bars.

The info-bars, located at the top and bottom of the screen, will have designated areas for the latest traffic, weather, news and community information.

FiOS1 will telecast 20 hours of sports programming a week, including some high school and college games. Verizon is an official partner of Georgetown University Athletics and has secured the rights to air certain George Mason University sporting events.



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