News 12 Long Island Honored With New York Associated Press’ Television Grand Prize

(Woodbury, New York, June 10, 2002) – The New York Associated press has honored News 12 Long Island with the Television Grand Prize for overall excellence for a television news station. Additionally News 12 Long Island received 5 First Place awards and 6 Special Mentions from the New York Associated Press. The awards were announced Saturday, June 8th at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs.

"This is a tremendous achievement," said Patrick Dolan, President of News 12 Networks and News Director for News 12 Long Island. "Long Islanders are well familiar with our talented staff and the level of quality we put into each newscast. It's thrilling to see that talent and hard work acknowledged by the New York State Associated Press. We are very proud of what we've accomplished for our viewers, and proud of our mission to provide top notch journalism dedicated solely to Long Islanders and their neighborhoods.

News 12 Long Island received the following New York Associated Press awards: The Television Grand prize for overall excellence for a television news station (staff). First place awards: Best News Special/Documentary, A Tribute to Glen (Bob Butler, David Garden); Best News Series, Doctoring the Law (Mark Lagerkvist, Dave Liebowitz, Greg Inserillo); Best Feature, Ride for Life – Montauk to Manhattan (Bob Butler, Michael DelGiudice); Best Sports Coverage The Danger of Aluminum Bats (Bob Wolff); General Excellence in Individual Reporting, Bob Butler (Bob Butler). Special Mentions: Best News Special/Documentary, Long Island's Lighthouses (Cindi Younker, Michael DelGiudice); Best News Series, Is Bottled Better (Bob Butler, Ted Aviles, David Garden); Best Interview, Billy Joel Up Close (Doug Geed); Best Feature, The Legend of the Normandy Inn (bob Butler, Michael DelGiudice); Best Sports Coverage, Touchdown Dragons (Doug Geed, Michael DelGiudice); General Excellence in Photojournalism, Michael DelGiudice (Michael DelGiudice).

The New York Associated Press awards are given for achievements originally broadcast or cablecast in New York state.

News 12 Long Island is the exclusive 24-hour local news service dedicated to covering the counties of Nassau and Suffolk. The cable exclusive service currently reaches nearly 800,000 households on the Long Island Cablevision systems. News 12 Long Island was the first local 24-hour cable television news channel of its kind to launch in the United States in 1986. Today News 12 Long Island is part of News 12 Networks which is the largest and most watched regional news network. News 12 Networks is owned and managed by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc.

News 12 Networks is owned and managed by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a leader in news, sports and entertainment programming. A subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC) and NBC, Rainbow manages American Movie Classics, WE: Women's Entertainment, Bravo, IFC, muchmusic usa, Rainbow Sports Networks, News 12 Networks, and MetroChannels as well as the Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation and Rainbow Network Communications. In addition, Rainbow is a fifty-percent partner in Fox Sports Net.

Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading entertainment and telecommunications companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3.4 million households located primarily in the New York metropolitan area. The company's advanced telecommunications offerings include its Lightpath integrated business communications services and its Optimum-branded high-speed Internet service. Cablevision's Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. subsidiary owns and operates programming businesses including American Movie Classics, Bravo and many other national and regional services. Cablevision also owns a controlling interest and operates Madison Square Garden and its sports teams including the Knicks, Rangers and WNBA Liberty. The company operates New York's Radio City Music Hall as well as Clearview Cinemas in the Tri-State area. Cablevision also owns and operates The Wiz consumer electronics chain at 41 locations in the New York Metropolitan area. Additional information about Cablevision Systems Corporation is available on the Web at

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