FiOS1 News Shuts Down, Leaving Many Journalists Jobless

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

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FiOS1 News has shut down and 150 people are losing their jobs in the New York area.

A longtime meteorologist Joe Rao says he is going into a “forced retirement.”

In an interview with The Daily Voice, Rao said it was a sad day.

“‘WE’LL MEET AGAIN’ — Well . . . a sad day for me career-wise, as today is the final day for FiOS1 News,” Rao wrote. “And with it, what might very well be my final day as a broadcast meteorologist.

FiOS1 was launched as a 24-hour news network available to Verizon cable subscribers. Its competition was News 12, which is owned by Altice USA.

The hyper-local news aired in Long Island, West Chester and New Jersey. The last newscast aired on Wednesday at 11 p.m.