Newsday‘s Westchester site is shutting down after a little more than a year. The closure of the digital-only publication, which was launched by Newsday‘s parent company Cablevision in April 2012, is effective immediately. The news, which was first reported by TheWrap, was announced to staffers during a meeting this afternoon.
Newsday’s Long Island coverage, as well as Cablevision-owned amNY and News12 will not be affected.
“Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) today announced that it has discontinued Newsday’s digital-only Westchester local news service available in parts of Westchester County, Rockland County and the Hudson Valley,” Cablevision said in a statement. “The company will continue to focus on its core local media products, which provide comprehensive news and information across the tri-state area: Newsday and Newsday.com on Long Island, amNewYork in New York City, and News 12 Networks across the region.“
The site’s Twitter and Facebook page were promptly removed, although the website is still running. According to the statement, the customers who paid for the digital service will be offered a refund.
A Cablevision spokesperson declined to disclose the number of employees who were affected but confirmed that the positions have been eliminated.