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National Black News Channel makes debut


National Black News Channel makes debut

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts was beaming like a proud dad or mum as he talked concerning the launch of Black News Channel – a undertaking he’s labored on for years to create what’s now the nation’s solely 24-hour information community geared toward African Americans.

He was sitting on the community’s Tallahassee studio with Gary Wordlaw, head of stories and programming, watching a countdown clock because the community ready to go stay.

“I was sitting there leaning forward looking at the screen, and Gary goes, ‘OK, in about two minutes we’re going to see if this baby comes out.’ And sure enough it did,” Watts mentioned in an interview on the studio. “We birthed a child on Feb. 10 at 6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time — a healthy child — and now we have to nurture it on to adulthood.”

The objective of the community is to succeed in black audiences with tales that give a broader perspective about their neighborhood than what different networks present. That may embody well being points distinctive to African Americans, discussions about traditionally black schools and universities, how federal housing coverage proposal may have an effect on them or simply merely making folks conscious of optimistic accomplishments African-Americans are reaching, Watt mentioned.

“We are more than athletes and entertainers, and on the hard news side, we’re more than crime,” mentioned Watts, who was a star quarterback on the University of Oklahoma within the 1980s and later performed within the Canadian Football League. “For every 17-year-old African American male that you show me that’s being carted off in handcuffs on the 10 o’clock news … I can show you 50 17-year-old African American males that get up every morning trying to figure out, ‘How am I going to make my mother proud of me.’ That’s the story doesn’t get told enough.”



Other channels targeted on African American audiences, corresponding to BET and TVOne, have had information programming however haven’t concentrated solely on information.

Watts serves as chairman of the community, and it’s a undertaking that he’s labored on for years. It obtained a raise when billionaire businessman and Jacksonville Jaguars proprietor Shad Khan supplied the capital to get the channel on air. While Khan hasn’t disclosed how massive a test he’s writing, he has mentioned it’s sufficient help to maintain it alive for years.

While there have been some glitches that stored the community from being seen in all of the markets it hoped to succeed in through the first week launch, Watts mentioned these issues will likely be resolved. The community has or is engaged on agreements with cable, satellite tv for pc and tv streaming firms and expects to quickly be out there in additional than 100 million households.

Watts mentioned he hopes that it isn’t simply African-Americans that tune in.

“For anyone who wants to have a deeper relationship, a deeper understanding of the African-American community, I think we can be helpful,” Watts mentioned.

The community has about 60 workers at its residence in Florida’s capital metropolis, and has bureaus across the nation with plans to have a employees of about 100 nationally.

A current take a look at the community confirmed tales starting from an investigative piece on whether or not a serious credit score reporting firm has an algorithm that provides blacks decrease credit score scores, to a take a look at privateness issues on relationship apps. And like different networks, it covers climate, sports activities and leisure.

And Watts, a father of six, smiled when requested what the viewers noticed when his new child was born.

“Later in the day I went around to staff saying, ‘This will be a trivia question: What’s the first story ever aired on the Black News Channel?”

There’s a two half reply. The first picture was a photograph of the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. Watts, a Republican, teamed up with civil rights chief and Democratic Rep. John Lewis to cross laws to create the museum.

The first story was concerning the Academy Awards the night time earlier than.

“The first thing out of the box was the picture of the African-American Museum, and 15 seconds later it was programming -the Oscars,” Watts mentioned.

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