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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...

Shanique Yates

Jun 24, 2021

SVP Rashida Jones Becomes First Black Person to Run a Major Cable Network as MSNBC's New President

MSNBC made history on Monday with groundbreaking news that will change the television landscape at large. CNN reports that NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde announced that senior vice president Rashida Jones will become the new president of MSNBC, making her the first Black person in history to head a major cable network. “Rashida knows and understands MSNBC, in part because it’s where she started when she first joined NBCU seven years ago,” Conde shared in an email to NBC News employees. “She knows that it is the people who work here that make it great, and she understands its culture. She also appreciates the impact and potential of the brand.” NBC News reports Jones began her career at MSNBC in 2013 and rose through the ranks to become senior vice president for specials in 2017. Her portfolio was further expanded earlier this year after she she was put in charge of MSNBC’s daytime and weekend news schedule. According to Conde, Jones has been integral in guiding MSNBC’s...

Njera Perkins

Dec 8, 2020

Joy-Ann Reid Becomes First Black Woman to Host Nightly News Show on MSNBC

There’s a new host in town taking over weeknights on MSNBC. In a historic move announced this week, Joy-Ann Reid — an MSNBC political analyst and weekend host — has been tapped to take over the early evening time slot for the news network hosting her own show, “The ReidOut,” USA Today reports . Reid is one of MSNBC’s most prominent Black on-air personalities, NBC News reports , and her new position makes her the first Black woman to anchor a primetime news show on the network, according to Entertainment Tonight . As a positive representative for Black women in media, Reid says she is focused on “bringing in diverse, smart and accomplished voices to the table,” according to USA Today. “I’m honored and thankful for this opportunity,” Reid said in a statement reported by USA Today. “I’ll always be proud of the work we did on ‘AM Joy’ by pushing the envelope and tackling pragmatic conversations. I’m eager to carry that same energy into the 7 p.m. hour where we can continue to build on...

Njera Perkins

Jul 10, 2020