Move over CNN and make way for the Black News Channel.
Since there are no black-owned and operated television networks, the Black News Channel is coming to fill that void. Launched by J.C Watts, Jr. of J.C. Watts Companies, the 24-hour news network in premiering in November, according to the Pasadena Black Pages. The channel will be broadcasted to 33 million African-American homes across the country. The network vows to only cover news that applies and appeals to African-American communities.
Research has been conducted over the past 10 years to take a look into the lack of coverage of black affairs. In 2008, it was found that there were 18 black-owned and operated black networks. Fast forward to today and they are all gone. The team behind the network has been planning for this launch since 2004 and even conducted 18-month long live trials to help prepare for the channel’s arrival.
Besides giving a “voice to an under-served community” the BNC will also give opportunities to aspiring black journalists. The channel will be partnering with historically black colleges and universities to recruit and train students.
The historically black college Florida A&M University also met the need for more black news networks back in 2017 when they launched their own black news channel through their journalism school.