McCoy, CMG To Launch Multicultural News Network
Multicultural News Network (MNN), a nonpartisan, national news network that will bring “an unbiased national forum for the voices of America’s underserved multicultural communities,” will launch in the second half of 2021.
MNN will produce live, daily news and other programming serving multicultural communities including, but not limited to: Blacks, Hispanics, LGBTQ communities, Asians, Native Americans, people of Middle Eastern descent and others. Much of MNN’s content will be produced and delivered by its respective multicultural community to ensure their authentic voice is being heard on a regular and national basis.
MNN will be based in Indianapolis, in a 69,000 square foot facility — also home to Circle City Broadcasting’s WISH (CW) and WNDY (MNT). Additional news bureaus will be located around the country. Launch advertisers, sponsors and distribution partners will be announced in the near future.
MNN was founded by DuJuan McCoy, owner and CEO of Circle City Broadcasting. McCoy will serve as MNN’s chairman and CEO. MNN has also begun to forge strategic relationships with Circle City Broadcasting and Cox Media Group (CMG). MNN plans to use stations, newsrooms and news bureau resources in dozens of markets across the U.S. including Washington, D.C.
“MNN has been in development for a few years, and I am very excited to make this announcement alongside many valued and supportive partners,” said McCoy. “We believe MNN will change the way Americans view news while providing a national platform for many underserved, diverse communities that are voiceless in America’s current national news media landscape. Numerous multicultural communities will now have a regular platform for their stories and perspectives to be heard. Additionally, I believe MNN can become for the city of Indianapolis what CNN became for Atlanta.”
CMG’s Executive Chairman Steve Pruett said: “CMG strongly supports increasing diversity in media and providing authentic, unbiased platforms for underserved voices to be heard. We too, look forward to helping change and diversify the landscape of news in the US, which is the objective of MNN.”