Black News Channel Adds DirecTV Carriage

Black News Channel has launched on satellite TV platform DirecTV, which said it also will launch Cleo TV before the end of the year to greater diversify its program offerings.

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Jessell | New Black News Channel CEO Princell Hair Faces COVID Headwinds

Princell Hair, newly-installed CEO off the fledging Black News Channel, brings a wealth of general management experience to a venture that had the bad luck to launch in the pandemic. One of his biggest challenges is the network’s COVID-stunted reach.

Princell Hair Named Black News Channel CEO

The former NBC and CNN executive joins J.C. Watts to lead the 24-hour news network.

National Black News Channel Makes Debut

The goal of the cable network that debuted Feb. 10 is to reach black audiences with stories that give a broader perspective about their community than what other networks provide. “We are more than athletes and entertainers, and on the hard news side, we’re more than crime,” said former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts, BNC’s chairman.

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Black News Channel Debuts With Devlin Design Set

Black News Channel Launches Today

Gary Worldlaw, BNC’s vice president of news: “At 6 a.m. on February the 10th, we’re going to give the nation a look at the black community that has not been seen on any other network. Our mission is to illuminate and to tell the truth. We’re not partisan. We’re not political. We’re journalists. And we want to give good stories from the peoples’ perspective. We should be the peoples’ network.”

Black News Channel To Launch Feb. 10

After pushing back its debut from last November, the nascent cable news channel will go live during Black History Month.

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM

NewsTECHForum | Wordlaw: ‘Why Not Us And Why Not Now?’

Gary Wordlaw, the local TV news veteran who has been tapped to oversee all content for the new Black News Channel, says the new service will strive to “just tell the truth, report the facts of the story.” (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

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Black News Channel’s Wordlaw On Tap For NTF

Gary Wordlaw, VP of news and programming at the soon-to-launch Black News Channel cable network, will discuss the new venture in the keynote interview at TVNewsCheck’s seventh annual NewsTECHForum in December.

Black News Channel Gets Big New Backer

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan has become an investor in the nascent cable news network founded by J.C. Watts Jr. and Bob Brilliante prior to its launch next month.

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New Facilities Insider | Building A News Network From The Ground Up

Black News Channel is constructing a $26 million facility in Tallahassee, Fla., anchored by technology from Bitcentral, Vizrt and Sony. Its engineering chief, Kenny Elcock, explains how interoperability is key.

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TVN Focus | The Time Has Come For Black News Channel

Former cable lobbyist/executive Bob Brillante (right) and former Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts are sure it has. Their Black News Channel is slated to go live to at least 33 million MVPD homes on Nov. 15, hoping to attract black viewers and steal ratings from CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and others. In a TVN Tech feature tomorrow, we’ll look at the $26 million facility the network is building in Tallahassee, Fla., and the major roles that Bitcentral, Vizrt, Sony and others are playing.

Black News Channel Taps Weather Metrics For Cameras

With four months until launch, the Black News Channel (BNC) is in full ramp-up mode. Included in this activity is the selection of Weather Metrics to provide cameras and software to develop a media hub for sharing live video content from all BNC’s locations. Black News Channel, launching Nov. 15 at 6 a.m. ET, will […]

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Video Walls Advance Set Design, Storytelling

A step up from past LCD video walls, the new LED technology is increasingly featuring in new news set designs, enabling crisper images and more flexibility.

Black News Channel Selects Devlin Design Group

Black News Channel, a provider of 24/7 cable news programming created “by people of color for people of color,” chose Devlin Design Group to design a newsroom featuring a “scenic storytelling environment” based on information gathered from focus groups. The main studio located in Tallahassee, Fla., is the home-base for the network’s news, lifestyle and […]

Black News Channel Taps Vizrt Tool For Launch

Black News Channel (BNC), a new cable news channel aimed at African-American viewers, announced at the NAB Show in Las Vegas that it will use an end-to-end workflow from Vizrt when it launches in November. BNC will use an integrated broadcasting package that includes: Viz Pilot, Viz Trio, Viz World, Viz Social TV, Viz Multichannel, Viz Engine, Viz Virtual Studio, Viz Multiplay, and Viz […]