Low-power TV group HC2 will carry the black-focused multicast network on its stations in 29 more markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Detroit.
A schism among Soul of the South investors has erupted into a lawsuit over control of the venture’s most valuable asset: the broadcast license for MeTV affiliate KMYA Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark. One group of investors is challenging another’s legal authority to strike a deal to sell the license for $2.7 million. That transaction, pending approval by the FCC, includes the possibility of sharing in half of any additional money if the license is resold in the FCC’s incentive auction.
While its past success rate is poor and its viability is uncertain, television news targeted to African-American viewers is an idea that’s being tried — both locally and nationally — once again. WBTV Charlotte, N.C., is producing three hours a day of news that airs on its Bounce network subchannel. Other diginets, including Soul of the South and the Black Television News Channel are also working on daily national newscasts.
The 24-hour regional multicast channel targeting southern African Americans plans a first quarter launch. Plans include five hours of news a day.