NNC-FN (FN = Financial News) was a U.S. cable TV news network operated by WMFL Corporation from January 26th, 1995 to January 27th, 2005. The network was dedicated to covering financial markets & business news.

It was available in a number of markets, including the U.S. & Australia. In Canada, much of it's content was aired on CABN.

After years of struggling to attract an audience, WMFL Corporation folded NNC-FN in early 2005. On some U.S. cable TV systems, it's slot was given to NNC International on a full-time basis; previously, NNC International filled NNC-FN's schedule in late-nights & weekends. The last few hours of NNC-FN's last day was, in fact, NNC International programming, as NNC-FN's programming itself ended for good at Noon ET. NNC has decided recently to bring back a business channel & has done so under NNC Business & a business channel for the world called NNC World Business, both launched on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 at 6:00 AM ET. Both are currently owned by WMFL Corporation & NNC Business is currently following the footsteps of NNC-FN's era & it's legacy

Network historyEdit

In 1995, NNC were having heated internal discussions about the direction of NNC & it's Business segments. The NNC Adminstration was able to convince WMFL Corporation that letting NNC to start a new channel would be a way to solve both issues. WMFL Corporation kept NNC on-the-air while giving NNC it's own business channel called NNC-FN.

From the start, NNC-FN struggled to be picked up by local & national cable operators. In 2005, the official NNC-FN network was shut down. However the technologies invented in the early NNC-FN days helped launch NNC & the entire broadcasting industry into a new digital era


The schedule below is taken from the now-defunct site of NNC-FN as of 2001 (only from Monday-12:00 AM on Friday). All the times ET


  • 4:00-6:00 AM: World Business This Morning (LIVE from London)
  • 6:00-9:00 AM: NNC-FN This Morning
  • 9:00-9:30 AM: NNC Before Hours
  • 9:30 AM-12:00 PM: The Wall Street Market Call
  • 12:00-3:00 PM: NNC's Money Gang
  • 3:00-4:00 PM: The Street Sweep
  • 4:00-6:00 PM: NNC's Market Wrap
  • 6:00-7:00 PM: Moneyline
  • 7:00-8:00 PM: The Biz
  • 8:00-9:00 PM: Moneyline (re-broadcast)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM: The Biz (re-broadcast)
  • 10:00 PM-2:00 AM: World Business This Morning (LIVE from London)
  • 2:00-3:00 AM: Moneyline (re-broadcast)
  • 3:00-4:00 AM: The Biz (re-broadcast)

Technological advancesEdit

NNC-FN inaugurated many innovations on TV & online. Many of these helped the Internet & the broadcasting industry become what they are today. Just a few of these accomplishments include:

  • The 1st fully digital studio in the world. From the digital cameras to the production room & beyond, the NNC-FN network was the 1st professional broadcasting fully digital studio ever built. Unlike all other studios @ the time, NNC-FN could control all cameras with a single joystick. NNC-FN claimed the joystick operator was a computer trained worker, not a camera operator. To make this happen, NNC - FN worked closely with Avid Systems in creating some of their own 1st generation broadcasting solutions. Additionally NNC-FN & Avid worked with Apple Computer to create a hacked version of the Mac operating system as no other system @ that time could handle the throughput requirements of real-time digital video editing. Due to these advancements, NNC-FN had many issues with labor unions. The unions claimed that the joystick operator should be worth 4 times as much as a normal camera operator & thus unionized workers should be paid accordingly.
  • The 1st online stock quote engine. NNC-FN worked with S&P Comstock & Townsend to convert what was then a special direct connection to the stock market into a real-time data feed that could be used by the website. Prior to this, ticker symbol lookups were typically reserved for private firms & not generally available.
  • The 1st automated on-air ticker. Other broadcasters were showing a moving ticker, however the data from these were edited & typed by hand. Therefore, the lag time in the data being displayed to a view was unpredictable. NNC-FN was the 1st to automatically tap into the ticker feed & create an engine that would "auto-select" hot stocks & use other prioritization policies to automatically display the most relevant stocks.
  • The 1st with advertising campaign management. The online advertising market was just being invented while NNC-FN's website was being launched. Prior to NNC-FN, the online advertising market primarily used weighting for ad rotations. This would provide a specific advertiser a percentage of views for each page the ad was displayed. NNC-FN worked with industry leader NetGravity to develop the 1st policy engine that would allow to target advertisements based on demographics & other known data points.
  • The 1st to utilize streaming media with broadcast video. At the time, Real Networks, VDONet & VXtreme were startup companies in the streaming media space. No broadcaster saw the Internet as a viable way to reach their audience & they all believed their content to be too valuable to broadcast over the Internet for free. In late 1996, published 1–2 hours of it's programming each day within minutes after the actual show had aired on TV.
  • The 1st to utilize Layer 7 load balancing to scale. At the time, DNS round-robin with weighted nodes to account for servers with more or less power or connectivity was the only way to scale a web farm. NNC-FN was working closely with Netscape by also helping the write portions of their software which was incorporated into their 2.x product line. Round robin was not fast enough @ taking a server out of rotation when Netscape would crash. Thus NNC-FN worked with a few vendors to implement a Layer 7 solution that would instantly know when a server was up or down. This dramatically increased the speed & quality of the NNC-FN & NNC's websites.
  • The 1st to fully automate publishing. By working with Lotus Software, NNC-FN was the 1st to use a database back end system to automate the work flow of a publishing system. At that time, even the Wall Street Journal, another startup website, used webmasters to hand convert articles from the editors into HTML & to get them approved by hand through e-mail or visual confirmation from a manager. The web master would then post the story onto the website & edit the referring page to add a link to the new document. NNC-FN worked with Lotus's Domino product to fully automate the draft, approval & auto-publishing of it's articles. The website was completely automated in re-writing it's static home page with the latest stories. As an industry 1st, this method was published in a few major magazines & studies by others. Within months after it's initial deployment, NNC revamped their own website publishing methods & cut it's web master count from 15 to 3

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