Is Long Island’s Melting Pot Boiling Over” News 12 Examines Race Relations in “Long Island: A Changing Portrait”

NEW YORK, February 9, 2000
) News 12 Long Island goes in-depth on the issue of race relations in Nassau and Suffolk counties in “Long Island: A Changing Portrait”, a month long series of special themed coverage. Through multiple news reports and personal stories, News 12 will uncover the present issues and look for future solutions for racial harmony on the Island. “Long Island: A Changing Portrait” coverage includes: a 4-part series following four different Long Island families from four different ethnic backgrounds, multiple reports on both positive and negative individual experiences from around the Island, and a 2-hour live town meeting airing February 10th at 7pm.

“Race Relations is an important topic to investigate,” said Patrick Dolan, Senior Vice President of News. “As Long Island becomes more diverse, we need to understand just how well or poorly our ethnic communities are getting along. By committing to this in-depth coverage, we’re giving our viewers the facts and insights they need to form their own judgments and to work on some possible answers.”

Doug Geed hosts Thursday’s town meeting, and viewers are encouraged to participate by calling in or emailing their questions or comments ( Guests include: Edward Friedland from the New York State Division of Human Rights, Civil Rights Attorney Fred Brewington, Patty Chow from the Chinese Center on Long Island, Ghazi Khankan from the Islamic Center of Long Island, and Rabbi Karen Bender from Temple Beth – el of Great Neck. The town meeting will also feature live remotes from the Martin Luther King Center in Rockville Center and the North Middle School in Brentwood.

News 12 Long Island reaches more than 730,000 homes in Nassau and Suffolk County. Launched in 1986, News 12 is the country’s first 24-hour regional news channel. News 12 Long Island is a Cablevision exclusive service. News 12 is operated by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc.

Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation and NBC, is at the forefront of innovation in cable programming. Rainbow manages American Movie Classics, Romance Classics, Bravo, The Independent Film Channel, MuchMusic USA, Rainbow Sports, News 12 Networks, and MetroChannels as well as the Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation and Rainbow Network Communications.

Rainbow holds a controlling stake in the Madison Square Garden properties, which includes the Madison Square Garden Arena Complex, the New York Knicks, New York Rangers and WNBA’s New York Liberty 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.

Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation’s leading media, telecommunications and entertainment companies. The Company’s cable television operations serve more than 3.4 million customers located primarily in the New York metropolitan area. Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. a 75%-owned subsidiary of Cablevision, manages entertainment, news, and sports programming businesses. Rainbow’s assets include ownership interests in American Movie Classics, Bravo, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Entertainment and FOX Sports Net. The Company also owns and operates THE WIZ consumer electronics stores in 41 locations and the Clearview Cinema Group with 291 motion picture theater screens throughout the New York metropolitan area.


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