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24-Hour Black News Channel Launches In February

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JC Watts, BNC Founder

CNN changed the game in 1980 when it launched as the first 24-hour news channel. The world is about to change again with the launch of the Black News Channel (BNC). Launching on February 20, BNC will be the only television news network with news programming gathered, written, and produced “by Black people for Black people.” BNC is the brainchild of former Congressman and entrepreneur, JC Watts; Watts cofounded the network with Bob Brillante.

Black people don’t go to the same barbershops or beauty salons as Arabs, Asians or whites; the needs of Black hair require Black specialists. The same logic should be applied to news and information. The opportunities for and threats to Black communities are not identical to those of other communities and as such, Black people require specialists to bring information salient to the Black condition. Without news outlets properly informing Black people about Black concerns, entire communities stumble about, having only a partial view of the world.

Broadcast and cable news networks carefully select news stories and events that appeal to the broadest audience possible. BNC, however, states that it will cater their coverage to the interests of a Black audience. BNC will also work to train the next generation of journalists, through its partnership with HBCUs and the development of a state-of-the-art news headquarters and media training center. The possibilities of a Black news network are boundless and its significance for Black people, undeniable.

The launch of BNC is exciting and yet that excitement is tempered by painful memories. In the past there was a lively Black press; publications like the Chicago Defender, Pittsburgh Courier, Philadelphia Tribune, Atlanta Daily World and many others delivered essential content to Black communities. Without Black support, however, they diminished. BNC will, apparently, depend on corporate support and does feature non Black people in its upper management; it remains to be seen how those factors will impact the platform. Without a vibrant Black press, however, Black people will never fully enjoy freedom. This point has been made frequently by Black journalists and notably, by Roland Martin. Martin began hosting his own daily digital show, Roland Martin Unfiltered, for that very reason. Roland Martin Unfiltered launched in 2018 and is still going strong.

If informative, empowering and independent news outlets by and for Black people are important, Black people must tune in and write checks. Roland Martin Unfiltered is but one prominent example of a Black owned news platform that could be wholly sustained by Black people but there are others, especially in the local context. BNC can be a powerful platform and if viewership and sponsorship came from the Black community, all the more strong. Black news matters. Support independent Black news outlets and continue to push for more Black owned and managed platforms to inform Black America.

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  2. Great move, hopefully Reuters is not involved. And you pledge to tell the truth…. we dont need anymore confusion ❤💛💚🖤✊🏿

  3. It’s is a great concept, however I would like see the good not just negative news about black people robbing, killing,raping,drug addict,, we need to show the youth of this country that black people are doing big things positive things also thank you

  4. Will they cover stories that the others don’t like people of color (black & brown) disappearing daily in this country? Their names? A total of how many in each part of the country, per day, week, year & decades?

  5. “If informative, empowering and independent news outlets by and for Black people are important, Black people must tune in and write checks. “???
    If that is what it will take for this venture to succeed, then it is doomed to fail by April fool’s Day.
    No other news organization depends on donations from its readers to survive.
    If Black people didn’t support Black publications, most of which were FREE, why would they PAY to support this one?
    I will gladly tune in, but I won’t be writing a check unless the company incorporates and offers stock to the public just like every other successful nationally relevant news organization does.

    We Black people are notoriously adamant about letting others do the heavy lifting on issues involving investment and we swoop in on the crumbs that are left over.

    This organization would need offices and reporters, researchers, analysts and other essential personnel all over the country and eventually other countries, and no amount of donations will provide that kind of funding.

    Either engage in public financing or don’t sign any long term leases.
    I don’t expect this post to survive moderation, so I’ll have to post it elsewhere.

  6. I look forward to supporting and following this BNC. I believe this is a great avenue for our news to get reflected concerning our community and something our culture can be proud of.

    • …just because someone like these 2 gentlemen you mention dont spread hate and lies like todays democrats and liberal media??

    • This will not be black fox news. This is not a political channel, it’s a channel for blacks about blacks to inform blacks.

    • Just because someone is a Republican does not mean someone don’t care about blacks. Do you understand the history of JC Watts, he has done more to help blacks than people know because he didn’t publicize it. This station is involved with Florida A&M. This will be a news station about the black community and not showing negative but also positive

  7. It would be both interesting and telling if the financial backers of BNC were identified. If so, I suspect we’d find a lot of GOP and other ultra-conservative underwriters whose aim is to generate more Black voters for the GOP as the USA population trends toward a ‘minority majority’.

  8. For all of You, small-minded Colored/Negeoe/Afro-Americans/Black/African-Americans (Did you forget who we were-are?) talking about JC Watts, you need to stop being selfish and grow up…

    Sometimes, it is Not better to have something, then Not at all…sometimes, it is Better….

    However, it can’t be all that bad, if Roland Martin is involved…he certainly is Not viewed as a coon, nor would he be involved in something that many of You believe is so bad, if it were going to be that bad…before it even starts…

    Right now, there is NO entity in place like this potential, period…when BET was started, there was nothing in place and it was the First…

    If this really is so bad, why hasn’t the National Black Journalists condemned this, at the local chapters and or the National level, collectively???

    Stop hating and support a Black owned and operated entity!!!

    BTW, smart people, allegedly: Jet and Ebony were Black owned and operated news vehicles that cost money…Not FREE and operated as such, for more than 30 years…

  9. I will not be supporting this one. JC Watts is not one that I trust to sponsor a news organization for us. This is another ploy to manipulate politically. I will take Roland Martin to support.

  10. Hi, I am from the UK, you people of colour in the U.S. don’t realise how lucky you are to so many people of colour on TV. You also black movies, entrepreneurs, countless black TV presenters. You even had a black president . Come on guys embrace what you have, I would love to have what you guys have in the USA. When come to the USA I can’t get enough of B.E.T, we don’t have anything to support people of colour in UK. Don’t knock it ,embrace and make it better.

  11. Why are we so judgmental before the broadcast date? What inside information do you have? I will watch and I’ll be my own judge.

  12. Hold up!!! J.C. Watts is a living legend back home in Oklahoma. He could have easily stayed in Oklahoma and became Governor just off of his legendary career playing Quarterback at Oklahoma. But nope, he chose to be a difference maker in society. He’s done so many things that the average black man have nowhere near any power or influence to get done. He doesn’t abuse his power either!

    Something tells me that the political titles are the only thing that they know about J.C. Watts.

    So… until YOU can be the most influential person on Capitol Hill and get things done and not forget about the people back home along the way, then have a seat and watch the programming. Or do something else. Some of you all are scared to have a normal conversation let alone speak to a VIP in high places. He’s been THE VOICE for the voiceless! What have you been doing? I bet it doesn’t measure up to J.C. Watts! Black folks always hating smh

  13. @ Trenda and other negative responses I have read thus far, I feel your pain and distrust but also feel that you are also spreading hate and character assassination of one of yours. My formative years was on the States from age 16 to almost 40. If you to not support one that looks like you, who would you support? Just watch and see. If what you see proves you right, unsubscribe, end of. Chinese, Indians, Spanish and even Caucausuans support their kind, no matter what. What is it about Bjack golk that we cannot cherish, honour and forgive one another? No wonder you cannot forgive other races, as charity indeed, begins from home. I will not be writing check either but will be happy to buy stock shares in the organization. Now, that is true financial empowerment for everyone involved, regardless of color. Black people, get real, You are not and cannot be an Island to yourselves. I am Black African by the way and now reside in the UK.

  14. Ummmm
    Black’s are one of the largest consumers of everything. None is purchased from black business owners.
    We buy
    Hair from Koreans
    Nails from chinese
    Beauty products sold by Asians
    Designer wear by people who Hate us and openly say so.

    Where will his support come from?

    Merely stating facts and keeping it real

  15. Dreddie
    I think it’s a good thing. This brings to mind ‘the Black Wallstreet ‘ I agree with Miss Dee As black people we would rather spend our money with every other nationality except our own. It’s time to start supporting our own. It’s time to stop tearing down and start building. We did it once, we can do it again.

  16. It will be interesting to see exactly WHO owns this organisation, & specifically, HOW it’s funded.

    This is EXTREMELY important because if it’s just another service aimed at the Africa & the diaspora, yet owned by ‘outside’ interests, then just like other services/products sold to the diaspora, the focus will be more focused on profit siphoning, than REAL issues that affect Africa, & the diaspora e.g.:

    • Migration issues: sources & solutions
    • Institutional racism across the diaspora
    • Drug dumping
    • Toxic waste dumping
    • Paedophiles sexual tourism
    • Gender inequality
    • Religious/ child abuse
    • Healthcare re: disability, mental health, elderly, pre & post natal
    • Criminal justice system corruption
    • Taking back control from foreign investors
    • Political corruption.
    • Self sufficiency & sustainability
    • Successful development programs
    • Educational development
    • Economic development
    • Successful intercontinental trade opportunities
    • Reclaimation of mineral/natural resources
    • Etc, etc.

    We live in a sophisticated age whereby just naming something ‘black’ is no longer enough. There has to be true integrity as to who wants to represent who we are, & speak without fear when we are right… & when we are wrong.

    A watered down service WILL come to light. It will be interesting to see where BNC stands on these & other issues. I, for one, sincerely hope that this will be will a service that focuses on Africa, & the all parts of the diaspora, & makes us all proud.

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