FiOS1 News
Country United States
Broadcast areaNew Jersey, Long Island, Lower Hudson Valley
Language(s)American English
Picture format1080i
(480i letterboxed for SDTV feed)
LaunchedJune 22, 2009; 12 years ago (2009-06-22) (Long Island and New Jersey)[1]
May 28, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-05-28) (Lower Hudson Valley)[2]
ClosedNovember 13, 2019; 22 months ago (2019-11-13)
(10 years, 144 days)
Verizon FiOS1 (SD)
501 (HD)

FiOS1 was a news-based pay television network that is carried by Verizon Fios in the New York metropolitan area. Launched on June 22, 2009 in Long Island and New Jersey and later on May 28, 2014 in the Lower Hudson Valley, FiOS1 provided hyper-local news, weather, traffic, sports and also original programming. FiOS1 was only available in Northern New Jersey, Long Island, and Lower Hudson Valley.

The networks focused on content produced by RNN, which produced the network's newscasts. Sports coverage featured local high schools and colleges such as Rutgers University, Hofstra University and Princeton University.[3][4]

In 2013, the segment Restaurant Hunter received a New York Emmy Award in the "Entertainment Feature/Segment".[5]

In August 2019, it was announced that FiOS1 would shut down through a WARN Act notice after RNN and Verizon could not come to an agreement on a contract extension.[6] It was announced in September that Altice's News 12 would be added to the FiOS lineup beginning on November 4, 2019 as part of a wider deal to add their other news channels, Cheddar and i24 News.[7][8][6] Although FiOS1 was intended to cease operations on November 15, 2019, near its closure, RNN announced via an email to its employees that FiOS1 would close early on November 13 (with its final newscast at 11 p.m.) as many of its employees were let go from their jobs.[9] Immediately after its newscast, the websites and social network feeds were closed. Since 2021, all of FiOS1's websites became redirects to Verizon Fios' services.

From March 26, 2020, the former FiOS1 HD channel space (channel 501) was re-used for Verizon's "Pay it Forward Live",[10] a weekly live program featured entertainment, mainly gaming and music, to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.[11] This program concluded on May 28,[12] and the channel was eventually removed from Fios altogether later that year.


At the time of its closure, FiOS1 provided the following programs in all regions:

FiOS1 provided additional local programming for its other three regions:

Long Island: High Speed Fiber-Optic Internet Services Provider | Verizon Fios:

New Jersey region:[18]

The Caucus Educational Corporation once produced New Jersey Capital Report which was aired on FiOS 1 in New Jersey and ended its run in 2017[19]

Lower Hudson Valley region:[20]

In addition, all FiOS1 regional channels aired local high school sports events in their respective regions weeknights from 7:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m.; most of these regional newscasts and high school sports events are pre-recorded. After FiOS1's closure, Restaurant Hunters and all of the high school sports broadcasts remained available on demand for FiOS customers. All of FiOS1's programs (with the exception of Verizon's Build, Yahoo Finance Market Movers, RNN's Richard French Live and programs made by the Caucus Educational Corporation) were canceled.

Notable staff

All regions

New Jersey

Long Island

Lower Hudson Valley

See also


  1. ^ "Verizon Launches FiOS1 Channels on Long Island and in Northern New Jersey". Verizon Communications. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "Verizon FiOS1 News Now Serving Westchester, Rockland and the Lower Hudson Valley". Verizon Communications. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "Rutgers Athletics Partners with Verizon's FiOS TV". June 22, 2009. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Verizon | More Collegiate Sports Coming to Verizon's FiOS1: Princeton and Hofstra Are Latest Universities to Reach Agreements to Televise Football, Soccer and Much More". Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  5. ^ "Restaurant Hunter on FiOS1 News wins Emmy Award - Regional News Network". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Kramer, Peter D. (August 18, 2019). "Verizon to shutter Fios1 News, forcing RNN to cut 150 jobs". The Journal News. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Kramer, Peter D. "Watch that dial: News12 to join Verizon lineup Nov. 4". The Journal News.
  8. ^ Madore, James (September 4, 2019). "Verizon FiOS customers to get News 12 newscasts". Newsday. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  9. ^ Kramer, Peter D. "Verizon pulls plug on Fios1 News early, days before RNN contract expires". The Journal News.
  10. ^ "Pay It Forward Live | Verizon". June 14, 2020. Archived from the original on June 14, 2020.
  11. ^ "4/2 Update: The biggest names in entertainment are helping the smallest names in business". March 24, 2020. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  12. ^ "Verizon PayItForward LIVE". Twitter. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "FiOS1 News' new series 'Build' features top names in show business". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  14. ^ "FiOS1 News' new series 'Build' features top names in show business". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  15. ^ "FiOS1 News' new series 'Build' features top names in show business". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
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  17. ^ "Welcome To The New". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  18. ^ "Verizon FiOS1 News - New Jersey - The 1 place for what's happening in New Jersey". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  19. ^ "Adubato and Pi Roman Announce the End of 'NJ Capitol Report'". December 9, 2016.
  20. ^ "Verizon FiOS1 News - Lower Hudson Valley - We're All Over the Lower Hudson Valley". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  21. ^ "Log In or Sign Up to View".
  22. ^ @JustinWaltersTV (November 15, 2019). "🚨👁🚨 BREAKING NEWS I'm thrilled to announce I'll be working for @CBSSports as a sideline reporter. Along with this r…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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