With all the disheartening news going on in the world, it serves us well to hear something positive. Set to launch Feb 10 at 6 a.m., the history making begins. The Black News Channel is the ‘baby’of Oklahoma’s former U.S. Rep J. C. Watts, who is currently chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies a multi-industry holding company headquartered in Washington, DC, with operations in Oklahoma and Texas.
It’s been a long time coming for the project, 10 years to be exact. Until Jacksonville Jaguars owner and billionaire businessman Shahid “Shad”Khan announced that he’s the majority investor in the network, which promises to capture an audience hungry for news and information targeting black viewers, according to USA Today. Khan saw the opportunity and wanted to fill an ‘unmet’ need.
The deal currently has a deal with Comcast, Charter Communications and Dish Network, representing around 33 million linear TV homes, with additional contracts for mobile devices and smart TVs. Primetime anchors named so far include former CNNer Fred Hickman, Laverne McGee and Anthony Amey. Some topics discussed will include current affairs, wellness, information on the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) community, culturally specific to African Americans.