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Black News Channel Inks Agreement With Verizon Fios TV, Becomes The Nation's Fastest-Growing News Network

The Black News Channel (BNC) will soon be available in more homes! According to PR Newswire , the nation’s first and only 24/7 news network on a mission to cover the challenges, unique perspectives, and successes of Black and brown communities has just achieved a huge distribution agreement. This week, Verizon Fios TV subscribers will be able to watch BNC on Fios Channel 612 and through the Fios TV “Widgets” menu on Verizon Fios TV One. Thanks to Verizon Fios TV and its base of over 3.7 million subscribers, BNC’s total distribution across North America is reportedly on track to rapid expansion. It is now the nation’s fastest-growing news network over the past 12 months and has achieved an annual growth percentage increase of 1800%. “We are pleased to reach this important distribution agreement with Verizon Fios TV and continue BNC’s strong growth trajectory during a period of contraction for most of the industry,” said Princell Hair , CEO of BNC in an official statement. “Linear and...

Jun 24, 2021

TV Exec Kim Godwin Poised To Become The First Black Woman To Run A Broadcast News Network

Black women in media are killing it at the top of the career ladder, and EVP Kim Godwin is the latest to make a major move to ABC News. Deadline reports that Godwin — a longtime CBS News executive who currently serves as executive vice president of news — is poised to become the next president of ABC News, making her the first Black woman to run a broadcast network news operation. According to the New York Post, Godwin is set to replace James Goldston, who previously announced that he’d be stepping down from his position as of March 31. CBS reportedly agreed to let Godwin out of her contract — which had one year remaining on it — so that she could make the historic move. The outlet also reports under Goldston’s leadership, ABC News’ workplace environment was described by sources as “insular, divisive, cut-throat,” which in turn made it harder for minorities and women to see upward growth. Godwin is now being brought into the fold at the network with a mission to repair the...

Apr 13, 2021

Janice Johnston Becomes the First Black Woman Executive Producer For ABC's '20/20'

ABC’s “20/20” just named Janice Johnston as its newest executive producer making her the first Black woman to hold the title, reports The Root. No stranger to the network, Johnston got her start as a network associate, producing segments for “World News Now” and “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.” She also served as supervising producer of “Good Morning America” for a decade. Her two decades of experience with ABC News also includes work in several primetime specials like “Highwire Over Niagra Falls: LIVE,” the “CMA Awards In the Spotlight” series, and “The President and The People” The Town Hall Event which won an Emmy. “I am delighted to announce that Janice Johnston has been promoted to Executive Producer for 20/20,” said ABC News President James Goldston. “It’s not often we have the opportunity to announce a new EP for 20/20… [Janice] is a terrific journalist with an impressive talent for telling stories that resonate and an exceptional leader.” Johnston’s accolades speak...

Jan 26, 2021