TV One has announced a new live daily morning news program coming this September and hosted by Roland Martin, News One Now. The show will air online, on television, and on the radio. Martin will also serve as managing editor.
The program will be pulled from the third hour of a syndicated show airing on Radio One stations. It’s home online will be NewsOne.com and there will be a heavy reliance on social media, with the hashtag #NewsOneNow already in place.
Martin said his final farewell to CNN back in March, one of the victims of a variety of changes made at the network when Jeff Zucker was brought in. Soledad O’Brien’s Starting Point came to an end during that transition.
At the time, Martin talked about not receiving his own program. “You have largely white male executives who are not necessarily enamored with the idea of having strong, confident minorities who say, ‘I can do this.’ I’m just saying, give folks a shot,” he told Huffington Post Live. This show, according to the press statement, promises to bring expert commentary on everything from sports to politics and entertainment. Martin tweeted just a few minutes ago that News One Now will replace Washington Watch on TV One this fall.
Since leaving CNN, Martin worked on another TV One project, Amazing Grace: Drama In the Black Church – A Washington Watch Special with Roland Martin, that, according to IndieWire, ” tackled themes of power, corruption and redemption in the Black church.”