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Bay News 9 has become one of Tampa Bay’s most recognizable and trustworthy news stations.

In 1997, local media magnate Elliott Wiser created Bay News 9. In the more than two decades since, Bay News 9 has informed Tampa Bay residents with a diverse menu of regional and national news. In 2009, Bay News 9 launched Klystron 9, the station’s famous, hyper-advanced weather radar. This is a news station that has distinguished itself from other stations by way of specialization. The station specializes not only in weather, but also in medical news and politics (with its “Political Connections” program). Offshoots of Bay News 9 include Bay News 9 en Español and Tampa Bay on Demand.

Company Overview

Company Name

Bay News 9

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Bay News 9 is a cable news television network located in St Petersburg, Florida. With resources such as the Klystron 9 radar, Bay News 9 provides a variety of news spanning the Tampa Bay area. Bay News 9 is the first to provide breaking news, with continuous updates and in-depth coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It serves the Tampa Bay area including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Polk, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. The station is exclusive to Bright House Networks customers.

Awards & Accolades

Bay News 9 and its team have won a variety of awards over the years. A complete list can be found here:

Core values/mission statement

Spectrum Networks cable customers from a seven-county area get the latest news, weather and traffic from Bay News 9.

Company Leadership

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Charter Communications

Thomas M. Rutledge is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Charter Communications, the owner of Bay News 9 and the second-largest cable company in the United States, with more than 91,000 employees and 26 million customers across 41 states. Prior to becoming CEO of Charter in 2012, Mr. Rutledge, a 40-year veteran of the industry, served as Chief Operating Officer of Cablevision Systems. He began his career in 1977 at American Television and Communications (ATC), a predecessor of Time Warner Cable where he served in many different capacities, eventually becoming President of Time Warner Cable.

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