Roland Martin On ‘News One Now,’ CNN Frustrations And News Diversity

Source: Sara Morrison /

When “News One Now” premieres on TV One on Monday, it will be the first morning show any black network has launched and the first daily show in TV One’s nine-year history.

WATCH! Roland Martin In NewsOne Now Preview

Houston Native Roland Martin Launches New TV News Show Monday

 TV One To Premiere NewsOne Now With Host Roland Martin Monday, Nov. 4

Martin has been with TV One since 2005, and rose from providing occasional commentary to hosting a weekend show that ran from 2009 until May 2013. He also contributed to CNN for six years, leaving in April as new CEO and president Jeff Zucker began to re-shape the network. His time at CNN was not without controversy — in 2012, he was suspended from the network for a month after being accused of homophobia for a pair of tweets made during the Super Bowl appeared to advocate violence against gay men.

“This is probably one of the most important things I’ve done in my career” – Roland Martin

“I spent six years at CNN, and I’ll tell you what’s frustrating: a lot of times when the economy would come up you would just sort of talk about stuff in general … but what is the black unemployment rate? The black female, the black youth? And the same for other groups. This is really an opportunity for us to focus like a laser on those issues.”

This isn’t just the fault of the people those networks put in front of the camera, which, with a few exceptions, have been predominantly white. It’s also the culture of those networks and behind the scenes that Martin blames for the lack of diversity in news broadcasts.

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