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Cablevision lays off about 100 workers

Cablevision Systems Corp. reported Thursday that it had

Cablevision Systems Corp. reported Thursday that it had a fourth-quarter operating loss and missed revenue estimates after superstorm Sandy devastated New York-area homes. (Feb. 28, 2013) Credit: Bloomberg News

Cablevision Systems Corp., based in Bethpage, has laid off about 100 workers across three states as part of its move combining MSG Varsity with Optimum Local, according to a source with knowledge of the cuts.

The layoffs were spread across the company's service territory in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. They did not impact News 12 or Newsday, which are owned by the company.

Cablevision declined to say exactly how many people were impacted by the cuts, which occurred in mid-February.

The consolidation, announced last month, was part of an effort to cut costs and expand MSG Varsity's high school sports coverage to include public affairs, educational and other programs from Optimum, Cablevision's local programming channel. The new lineup will begin airing on MSG Varsity and Optimum TV channel 14 in mid-2013.

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