24-Hour Black News Channel Launches in February - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise magazine Fall 2019 issue

Black News Channel (BNC), which is co-founded by former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts, who will operate as the network’s chairman, and CEO Bob Brillante, will launch on February 20, 2020. BNC was originally scheduled to launch on November 15, 2019 but it was announced that it has updated the launch of the nation’s only African American news network “in order to more than triple its viewing audience. Network executives credit advancements in new technologies and the advent of new distribution platforms as the catalysts for rethinking their launch strategy.

“Our network is about providing intelligent programming that is informative, educational, inspiring and empowering to our African American audience, so they are participants in a national conversation,” said J.C. Watts Jr., co-founder, and chairman for BNC in a statement. “If we have the opportunity to include the largest African American audience possible from day one, then that should be our top priority.”

“The launch of BNC will be a historic event, and our highly qualified journalists are chomping at the bit to be on-air now,” says Bob Brillante, co-founder, and CEO of BNC. “But if we have a chance to more than triple our viewing audience in… 2020, then this was an easy call to make.”

This past October, they announced that BNC’s primetime evening news team are Emmy Award-winning journalists Fred Hickman, Laverne McGee, and Anthony Amey.

According to the BNC, the purpose of the network is to:

  • Give voice to an underserved community.
  • Build bridges to connect the many diverse cultures in our nation.
  • Facilitate a more informed national conversation about challenges facing our urban communities.
  • Engage African American viewers in our nation’s social, economic and political discussions and debates.
  • Create a platform for African American newsmakers and policymakers to reach their constituents.
  • Showcase African American achievers creating positive role models for black youth.
  • Produce educational programming that is culturally relevant to empower African American viewers.
  • Inspire African American viewers with uplifting and spiritual messages produced daily;
  • Preserve a proud African American heritage.
  • Recruit and train aspiring African American journalists.