, April 15, 2000

News 12 The Bronx And Court TV Host Town Meeting On Police And Community Relations

NEW YORK, April 15, 2000
News 12 The Bronx and CourtTV have teamed up to hold a forum to discuss the relationship between police and the community in the Bronx. “Bridging the Gap – A Live Town Meeting” will be held in Schwendler Auditorium on the campus of Bronx Community College on April 25th at 7pm. News 12 The Bronx will televise the event live. In addition, News 12 The Bronx will re-air the event on Saturday April 29th from 11am to 1pm and on Sunday April 30th from 7pm to 9pm. CourtTV will air an edited version of the town meeting nationally.

Bridging the Gap – A Live Town Meeting” will consist of more than 160 Bronx residents who have been invited to participate and address questions and comments to a panel. That panel will include one representative from the borough, one from the New York Police Department, as well as a college professor and a clergy member.

“Our goal here is to help build the bridge that will re-connect our community and our police department,” says Camilo Pombo-Saenz, News 12 The Bronx General Manager and News Director “Bronx residents need a chance to have their voices heard and their questions answered.”

Bridging the Gap – A Live Town Meeting” will be hosted by News 12 The Bronx Evening Anchor Kevin McCabe. The program will also feature reports from News 12 Reporters Ida Siegal and Andrea Bond, both were lead reporters during News 12 The Bronx’s live coverage of the Diallo Trial.

Launched in June 1998, News 12 The Bronx is a 24-hour regional news service, reaching approximately 250,000 homes throughout the borough of The Bronx. News 12 The Bronx is the only regional news station dedicated solely to the Bronx and is operated by Rainbow Holdings Incorporated. News 12 The Bronx is a cable exclusive service.

Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation and NBC, is at the forefront of innovation in cable programming. For nearly 20 years, Rainbow has been delivering high-quality sports, entertainment and news to millions of subscribers. Rainbow manages the operations of American Movie Classics, Romance Classics, Bravo, The Independent Film Channel, MuchMusic, Rainbow Sports, News 12 Networks, MSG Metro Channels, Radio City Television as well as Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation and Rainbow Network Communications. Rainbow owns a majority stake in Madison Square Garden Properties which includes the Madison Square Garden Arena complex, the Knicks and the Rangers professional sports teams, the MSG television network, and, most recently, Radio City Entertainment and a long term lease on Radio City Music Hall. In addition, Rainbow is a fifty-percent partner in Fox Sports Net.

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Chris Sanders
News 12 The Bronx
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