The Black News Channel (BNC) has become the nation’s only 24/7 news and information television network which is primarily focused on African Americans. Programming will include special news features on topics that most affect communities of color.
The Michigan Chronicle is a part of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), along with 224 other African-American-owned newspapers and digital companies who will be providing content for the BNC.
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr, a progressive Democrat and President and CEO of the NNPA without any reservations asserted, “The launch of the Black News Channel (BNC) is very timely at the beginning of 2020. This is good news for all in Black America. The BNC transcends the current partisan divide in the United States. The interests of African Americans, as well as all other people of color and all of humanity who cry out for freedom, justice and equality will be more effectively addressed as direct result of the daily 24/7 diverse and news-packed broadcasts of BNC in the U.S. and throughout the world.”
Real Times Media CEO and Michigan Chronicle Publisher Hiram E. Jackson is serving his second term on the NNPA Board of Directors. Real Times Media (RTM) is the parent company of the Michigan Chronicle. RTM is a Detroit-based multimedia company that includes a conglomerate of five publications – AtlantaDailyWorld.com, AtlantaTribune.com, ChicagoDefender.com, the Michigan Chronicle, and the New Pittsburgh Courier.
The BNC positions itself in this manner:
Black News Channel is an independent network that is minority owned and operated, and it will be the nation’s only provider of 24/7 cable news programming dedicated to covering the unique perspective of African American communities. BNC is the endeavor of the network’s visionaries and co-founders, Chairman J.C. Watts, Jr. and CEO Bob Brillante. BNC will provide access to information and educational programming to meet the specific needs of this growing and dynamic community that is a major consumer of subscription television services.
BNC will provide an authentic, new voice that represents African Americans in mainstream media and fosters political, economic, and social discourse; the network will be one voice representing the many voices of African Americans. BNC’s programming will illuminate truth about the unique challenges facing urban communities and help close the “image gap” that exists today between the negative black stereotypes perpetuated by mainstream media news and our enterprising African American communities.