24-Hour Black News Channel Launches During Black History Month

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) — A decade in the making and after several relaunches, the Black News Channel (BNC) finally launched its African American news network in Tallahassee, Florida during Black History Month, Monday, February 10, 2020.

Co-founders J.C. Watts, a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma, and former Florida cable news executive Bob Brillante will head up the network, with Watts as chairman and Brillante as CEO.

BNC won’t have a liberal or conservative slant, NPR reported in an interview with Watts, who said he hopes that BNC will be a space where African-Americans feel free to take part in the conversation about news around the country.


BNC is collaborating with NNPA and HBCUs

According to the BNC’s press release, it will provide culturally specific, intelligent programming that is informative, educational, inspiring, and empowering to its audience. BNC’s collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)—an organization that represents African American newspapers nationwide—will provide the network access to stories not covered by other news organizations. In addition, BNC’s partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) offers internship and training opportunities for the nation’s next generation of aspiring young journalists.


Where To Watch BNC?

BNC can be seen on Spectrum, Xfinity X-1 Platform, and Dish Network. Soon after launch, BNC will also be available on Sling, Vizio Smart TVs, Xumo and Roku Channel. With its additional distribution partners, the network will have a cumulative total of 100+ million homes sharing in the BNC experience. Details for these and other distribution platforms will be announced as they become available.


Willie David  is the Publisher for Florida National News. |

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