I watch my local news channels as most of us do, but for real community coverage, I like to watch Bay News 9.
This is a 24-hour news channel for the local Tampa Bay area available only to customers of Bright House Networks Cable TV.
It is not a news channel like CNN that you would want to watch regularly for national or international news, though they do report some of that. This is a news channel that gives local county by county news and weather for the Tampa Bay area.
Bay News 9 keeps you up-to-date on community concerns and activities. It brings you local weather every nine minutes. In the morning and afternoon, it provides you with rush hour traffic coverage
If there is breaking news in our area, such as a missing child, really bad traffic accident, airplane crash, a visit from the president in the Tampa Bay area, they cover it. If there is a national tragedy, they cover it. Other than that, don't turn to this station for breaking news.
They cover the local view on the war in Iraq, such as local soldiers there, or being deployed, or who have been injured or killed.
It is a good station to watch in snippets.