Source: R. Thomas Umstead / Multichannel News
TV One this fall will launch a live, one-hour weekday news/public affairs show as part of a multiplatform news offering from network parent company, Radio One.
TV One will simulcast the last hour of the three-hour News One Now radio program to be syndicated on Radio One stations across the country, Alfred Liggins, chairman of TV One and CEO and president of Radio One, told Multichannel News. The 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. show, which will offer news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports and culture from an African American perspective, will be hosted by former CNN personality Roland Martin.
While the network has yet to specify a launch date, Liggins said the show would most likely debut in mid-September prior to the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference. The Radio One portion of News One Now will also run on the Web via Radio One’s dedicated NewsOne.com site, according to Liggins.
“This is a further evolution of TV One’s commitment to better and more important television for African-Americans, and is also an extension of Radio One’s history and philosophy of making sure we inform, entertain and advocate for the African-American community,” he said. “This is the first time a network has approached African-American news on this type of commitment level.”
Liggins said TV One’s linear network simulcast of News One Now could expand to two hours or even the full three-hour radiocast in the near future.
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