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(Huffington Post) — In 1992 Bill Cosby expressed his desire to purchase NBC — a network that he turned around with programming featuring African-American characters and story lines — but was told the network was not for sale. Not long before that, FOX launched with a major focus on African-American programming — rememberLiving Single, Martin, and Roc? But after a series of acquisitions, mergers, stock swaps, and expansion into Fox News, the company abandoned its Black roots, trading Queen Latifah for Glenn Beck.
(Forbes) — The countdown has begun. In just three weeks one of television’s biggest experiments will launch. The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a joint venture between the media mogul and Discovery Communications, will hang its fate on the appeal of the world’s most recognizable woman. But behind the scenes, another female leader is busy laying the foundation for Oprah’s next favorite thing. TV veteran Christina Norman, chief executive of OWN since February of 2009, is charged with overseeing all business and creative areas of the cable channel and website. Norman previously spent 17 years at MTV, climbing from a freelance production manager to president of the network. The hard work and spotless record took its toll, however, causing an exhausted Norman to initially take herself out of the running for the OWN job. But after a few months of rest, she realized it was an opportunity she couldn’t walk away from.
(The Hill) — A minority media group is taking its opposition to the Comcast-NBC Universal merger directly to President Obama, citing his promises to foster diversity and fight corruption. The National Coalition of African American Owned Media (NCAAOM) bought a full-page ad in the Washington Post on Monday panning the Comcast-NBC Universal deal, which is under review in the Justice Department and at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The ad is written specifically for Obama. It includes an excerpt of a letter he sent to the FCC while he was a senator that advocated for greater diversity in media ownership.
(New York Times) — IN a one-minute ad that starts Friday in movie theaters across the country, the voice of the Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am calls out to dreamers, believers and “tomorrow leaders.” Then, looking positively radiant,Oprah Winfrey looks at her audience and asks: “What if I could take every hero who inspired me; every lesson that motivated me; every opportunity that was ever given to me; and give it to you?” This is the first big-budget promo for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, the cable channel from Ms. Winfrey and Discovery Communications. The channel, nearly three years in the making, is only one month away from its debut. “Now, here we are,” Ms. Winfrey says in the ad. “This is our day. This is our moment.” To — to what? In the background, will.i.am is still singing: “To own it.”
(New York Times) — Oprah Winfrey’s cable venture denied a report on Wednesday that it was in talks to hire Terry Wood, a television guru who groomed Phil McGraw, Rachael Ray and other stars of syndication. “Absolutely not true,” Christina Norman, the chief executive of OWN, said about the report in the New York Post, echoing a spokeswoman’s denial. Ms. Wood on Monday said that she was leaving her longtime job as the president of creative affairs and development for CBS Television Distribution. At CBS, she was instrumental in creating new daytime shows and managing the fortunes of franchises like “Entertainment Tonight” and “Judge Judy.” CBS said in a statement Monday that she had “helped define the current face of daytime television.”
(New York Times) — A lot of questions come to mind at the four-story brick building on Park Place with all those pictures of Bob Marley on the walls. What is a television network about all things Caribbean that is seen in 26 islands doing in Newark? What made a former corporate lawyer and clerk for a federal judge think he could create a reggae-inflected channel often described as the MTV of the Caribbean? What’s the deal with that catchphrase, “Badness outta style”? Is there something going on here beyond an oddly situated business enterprise? The answers begin and end with Frederick A. Morton, who grew up in St. Croix, V.I., with parents from Nevis, speaks with a rich Caribbean lilt, and willed into existence Tempo Networks, which reaches three million people via cable providers with names like Cable Bahamas Ltd., TDS Curacao and Karib Cable Communications.