Starting November, fans of network news will have a new 24-hour channel available to watch.
A decade in the making, the Black News Channel (BNC) will be a multi-platform news and information channel featuring programming by African Americans for African Americans.
“Despite the proliferation of basic and premium cable television channels during the past two decades, the number of cable news networks dedicated to serving the nation’s African American communities remains at ZERO! Black News Channel will be the nation’s first channel to fill this significant void and provide African America viewers news, information, and educational content focused on their interests and needs while tapping into subscription television’s most profitable market,” boasts their website.
The chairman and co-founder of the network is J.C Watts Jr, the former GOP congressman and athlete.
“We’re going to be producing between eight and 14 hours of creative content a day. Of that, eight hours is going to be dedicated to actual news coverage,” said Gary Wordlaw, the VP of News and Programming for BNC.
The operation will be headquartered in Tallahassee, with bureaus in several key cities, including New York and Los Angeles.
BNC also announced that well-known talent will be joining the channel such as conservative author and personality Larry Elder and ABC News Chief National Correspondent Byron Pitts, who will join as a contributor while he continues his role at ABC. Del Waters, veteran Washington anchor-reporter, has also signed on.
The channel plans to have BNC available in 33 million to 45 million households at launch.