Former Congressman J.C. Watts Behind BLACK TELEVISION NEWS CHANNEL (BTNC)

Commentary by Gary A. Johnson

Last week it was announced that a black news network was coming our way next year. Black Television News Channel (BTNC), the nation’s only African-American news network, scheduled to launch in 2009. The firm also announced a multi-year carriage agreement with Comcast, the country’s leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. Comcast is also a major partner with TV One. Under the agreement, BTNC expects that it will be added to Comcast systems in Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Baltimore.

In terms of media, our needs are great. The black community desperately needs a serious news channel. Lord knows we don’t need another sitcom. Last week’s debut sitcom starring William Jonathan Drayton, Jr., was a disaster. I’m sorry. Forgive me, you probably know Mr. Drayton by his stage name Flav Flavor. Flav stars in a MyNetworkTV sitcom, “Under One Roof” also starring Kelly Perine. This show is an embarrassing stereotypical show that marginalizes us before the world. I got sidetracked, let me get back on point. Where was I? Black Television News Channel.

BTNC is the endeavor of J.C. Watts, Jr., former U.S. congressman from Oklahoma and celebrated athlete, and broadcast and cable news veterans. “Our unique and vast content partnerships with African American newsmakers will provide our viewers LIVE access to the stories and people in whom our viewers have a special interest,” said Watts. “With this agreement, Comcast continues to demonstrate its commitment to working with independent programmers with diverse points of view.”

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7 Responses to “Former Congressman J.C. Watts Behind BLACK TELEVISION NEWS CHANNEL (BTNC)”

  1. Morris Johnson Says:

    Dear Congressman. I hope you the best But , we are looking forINVESTMENT too and make another Bill Johnson.

  2. franklin w. Cleveland Says:

    I am delighted to learn that someone is willing to stand up in the manner of our predecessors and launch out to shine the light in dark places. How and when will there be an IPO? I’d love to put my 2 cents where my mouth is.


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