24-Hour Black News Channel Launches In February

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. Desiree
    January 3, 2020 at 5:58 am

    Research this JC Watts. This channel will be a Black Fox News! I will not be watching.

    • Edouard Saint-clair
      Edouard Saint-clair
      January 5, 2020 at 6:12 pm

      That’s right! A Coon will always be a coon. In my world, I will never go the next level with anybody who can be prompt to stab in the back when it’s time to crawl and obey to their white masters coaches.

      • Edouard Saint-clair
        Edouard Saint-clair
        January 5, 2020 at 6:14 pm

        White masters or coaches.

      • Aerotek
        January 12, 2020 at 6:59 pm

        Go fuck yourself you piece of trailer inbred trash

    • Gordon Brooks
      Gordon Brooks
      January 6, 2020 at 4:37 am

      My thoughts exactly. They are trying to put together a faith based black political organization to attempt to persuade black voters to vote republican candidates back into controlling the black vote.

    • Gigi Jones
      Gigi Jones
      January 6, 2020 at 7:35 pm

      Exactly! JC Watts!??!

    • glo
      January 7, 2020 at 3:48 pm

      desiree…why not? because you dont want to hear the truth? Would you rather listen to the BS propaganda and total lies cnn and msnbc put out daily?? If you want just real & unbiased news…listen to One America News Network

    • Willie
      January 7, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      You are absolutely right!

    • Jeremiah
      January 9, 2020 at 5:24 pm

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

    • Jean
      January 8, 2020 at 8:04 am

      Me too

  3. Sharon Gordon
    Sharon Gordon
    January 4, 2020 at 7:37 pm

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

  4. Abe Clay Sr
    Abe Clay Sr
    January 5, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Given that JC Watts is involved, does that mean that BNC will be just a Black copy of Fox News?!

    • James Henderson
      James Henderson
      January 5, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      You have a point! There needs be be a cross check of Democrats within this company, in particular on the board of directors and ownership.

    • Gordon Brooks
      Gordon Brooks
      January 6, 2020 at 4:40 am

      This dude and Clarence Thomas are both from Ashcroft’s law.

    • doc
      January 7, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      if so..maybe more people will actually hear the truth instead of the daily lies the left wing media puts out.

  5. Fran
    January 5, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Will there be a someone with an opposing or different view regulary allowed on this program?

  6. Dwight
    January 6, 2020 at 12:08 am

    With this being spearheaded by JC Watts, I won’t be watching

    • dan
      January 7, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      why not?? afraid you may actually hear the truth instead of the daily lies put out by the left?

    • stan
      January 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      why…because you dont want the truth? Would you rather continue to hear the daily lies by the liberal media??

  7. Manuel noel
    Manuel noel
    January 6, 2020 at 2:19 am

    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

    • Maggie
      January 14, 2020 at 9:27 am


  8. Johnita tisby
    Johnita tisby
    January 6, 2020 at 3:29 am

    I almost just cried….THIS IS A MAJOR CAREER GOAL.. i pray blessings over this

  9. Dr.Wilhelmina Perry
    Dr.Wilhelmina Perry
    January 6, 2020 at 3:35 am

    I have been waiting for you. Could you include some liberating religious needs.

  10. Clive V.
    Clive V.
    January 6, 2020 at 7:00 am

    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?

  11. Wilson linton
    Wilson linton
    January 6, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Very very good

  12. Steven Lemon
    Steven Lemon
    January 6, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    “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.

  13. Dr. Kenneth L. Preston
    Dr. Kenneth L. Preston
    January 6, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    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.

    • Jean
      January 8, 2020 at 8:10 am

      I will be supporting it as well.

  14. John
    January 6, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    If jc watts is involved do not support or watch, he is an coon like clarance Thomas.

    • john
      January 7, 2020 at 3:53 pm

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

    • Jeremiah
      January 9, 2020 at 5:26 pm

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

    • Jeremiah
      January 9, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      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

  15. Kenn Cockrell
    Kenn Cockrell
    January 6, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    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’.

    • Eye-ronic
      January 9, 2020 at 11:37 am

      How can one be in the majority and still be in the minority at the same time?

  16. Ahmad Scott
    Ahmad Scott
    January 6, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    There better not be any cooning going on ! We want it straight or your useless !! Good luck

    • larwan
      January 7, 2020 at 3:55 pm

      so basically dont spread hate and lies like todays liberal media does on a daily basis!!!

  17. Tim
    January 6, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    God is neither Democrat nor Repulican, He’s Independent! And so am I.

  18. Kenneth Fennal
    Kenneth Fennal
    January 7, 2020 at 5:26 am

    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…

  19. Yvette
    January 7, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    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.

  20. JP Williams
    JP Williams
    January 8, 2020 at 1:25 am

    Can I get this on YouTube TV or will there be a live stream channel on YouTube?

  21. Brian Jones
    Brian Jones
    January 8, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Please feature Crystal McKenzie, Inc., a Black woman-owned, multi-disciplinary design firm, based in NYC, celebrating 40 years of creating brand value to business.

  22. Warren Dickey
    Warren Dickey
    January 9, 2020 at 5:17 am

    Like the right wing media is so honest & factual, please becquiet

  23. Charles
    January 9, 2020 at 11:04 am

    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.

  24. Cynthia Clark
    Cynthia Clark
    January 10, 2020 at 1:19 am

    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.

  25. Iqbian Organus
    Iqbian Organus
    January 10, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Is this meant to ‘Trump’ Byron Allen and the 1866 amendment case against Comcast?

  26. Terry
    January 10, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    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

  27. Abi Oyebade
    Abi Oyebade
    January 10, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    @ 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.

  28. Missy Dee
    Missy Dee
    January 11, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    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

  29. Unrepresented Black Man
    Unrepresented Black Man
    January 11, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Give it a chance

  30. I don't ALWAYS buy Black
    I don't ALWAYS buy Black
    January 12, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    You’re shilling for that coon now? I have to take a closer look at webuyblack in future.

  31. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson
    January 16, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Keep that positive black thing going. One love.

  32. Coralee
    January 16, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    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.

  33. Kush Ite
    Kush Ite
    January 21, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    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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