Fios1 News to go off air on Nov. 15; 150 journalists expected to lose jobs

By ROI-NJ Staff
New Jersey | Aug 19, 2019 at 11:47 am

New Jersey is losing another local journalism voice.

Fios1 News, which produced daily news in a similar fashion to News 12, announced this weekend that it will stop programming at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 16, according to news on numerous news outlets, including LoHud.com, Patch.com and NJ Advance Media, as well as personal notes from personnel on Twitter and Facebook.

Verizon, which owns Fios1 News, declined to renew a 10-year contract, reports said.

The result: 150 journalists covering hyperlocal news in New Jersey, Long Island and the Hudson Valley will be out of a job by the end of the year.

Fios1 News recently celebrated 10 years on the air.

“Barring a change in direction from Verizon, RNN News will cease providing news programming for Verizon’s Fios1 News network at 12:01 a.m. on November 16, 2019,” RNN’s President of News Richard French III wrote in a letter to employees that was obtained by the Rockland/Westchester Journal News. “This means your employment will permanently end on November 15, 2019.”

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