The Empire Mistake Building. The Statue of Lunacy. Crimes Square.
Now that Time Warner Cable has renamed NY1 after its own appalling self, what other New York landmarks could we rebrand and ruin?
TWC confirmed yesterday that from December 16, its beloved local news station would be known as “Time Warner Cable News NY1.”
In recognition of the outcry this plan provoked when it was first announced, the “NY1” name was tacked back onto the end of this ungainly portmanteau.
TWC seems to think this will help. But it just demonstrates the cable, internet and phone provider fails to grasp how toxic its own name has become.
Around the town
New York Times political editor Carolyn Ryan is set to become the paper’s new Washington bureau chief, replacing David Leonhardt. Mr. Leonhardt—apparently known as “next Nate Silver”—will go on to lead a new column on polls and statistics. (Politico)
Time Warner Cable announced a redesign and updated graphics in order to bring brand consistency to its 16 local news channels, but the network is stressing consistency for local cult favorite NY1.
Bill de Blasio made it clear last night–as humbly as he could–that he would very much enjoy the huge margin of victory that polls are predicting he’ll achieve tonight when the polls close.
“It would be great to have a strong vote tomorrow,” the Democratic mayoral candidate said on NY1′s Road to City Hall, arguing that a big win would serve as a mandate for his progressive agenda.
Republican candidate Joe Lhota recently snapped at a journalist, accusing him of perpetrating “horse hockey” and suggesting he could be “nothing but a tool” of Bill de Blasio, his front-running opponent in the mayor’s race.
NY1′s bubbly traffic reporter Jamie Shupak is one step closer to becoming a lifestyle personality.
Ms. Shupak launched a new web series today where she makes dinner for her friends and her fiancé, Brian Stelter (yes, the couple announced their engagement this past weekend) at their apartment.
Two of the city’s three leading mayoral candidates debated on live television last night. But the most prominent one was MIA.
Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate and the Democratic nominee, who is leading by as many as 50 points in public polls, skipped the first major debate of the general election–despite repeated requests from NY1.
State Senator Daniel Squadron would not deny tonight that his campaign was behind a controversial robocall attacking his rival in the public advocate’s race, Councilwoman Tish James.
With the mayoral and comptroller candidates chosen, only one Democratic primary contest remains to be settled: the race to become the city’s next public advocate.
A week after losing his race for mayor, ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner has found a new calling: punditry.
Mr. Weiner appeared on NY1′s Road to City Hall last night to pontificate on the political landscape he’d just left. He did the same in the pages of the Daily News this morning. In both cases, the failed candidate reflected on the Democrat who bested him in the primary.