An Inside Look at the Black News Channel’s Programming

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The Black News Channel (BNC) has been met with enthusiastic support throughout New Orleans. “We felt more than just welcomed and supported in New Orleans and the State of Lousiana,” said network Chairman J.C. Watts, Jr. “We felt like family.” Unfortunately, New Orleans cable customers won’t yet be able to begin receiving BNC programming. According to Gary Wordlaw, Vice President of News and Programming, though BNC has easily secured distribution agreements with Charter, Comcast, and Dish Network, Cox Cable has been more reluctant. They’re encouraging all Cox customers to call and request that they sign a distribution agreement with the network.

Just what will you see on the BNC? Their lineup is already impressive:

Studio Shows

  • Multiple Emmy award-winning journalist Byron Pitts will hows a studio show featuring thoughtful storytelling, in-depth interviews, and on-the-ground reporting.
  • Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr. will host a studio show examining national, state, and local issues affecting today’s African American communities.
  • Family therapist Jane Marks uses her 40 years of experience to guide parents, grandparents, and teens to a better understanding of the challenges facing today’s youth.

Creative Content

“Creativity has always been one of the main platforms to telling our story,” says BNC creative services and music director Amir Windom. “Without art and creativity in the African American community, we are muted. Television, music, film, and all things creative will be BLACK, PROUD, and LOUD on Black News Channel.”  The BNC will feature a mix of culturally-specific new original TV programs, movies, documentaries, music, new artists, and events.

Feature Programming

The BNC has an impressive lineup of feature programming planned:


  • Being a Woman
  • Living Social at HBCUs
  • Total Combat
  • FIBA World Basketball
  • Star Block Workout
  • Today in Replay
  • Play of the Day

BNC will launch as the nation’s only African American news network in November. If you want to learn more you can visit their website. They are also hiring for their local studio!

Jenn Bentley is a freelance journalist and editor who publishes Wander N.O. More, a digital publication focused on the small businesses, events, people and projects that are the backbone of New Orleans. Her work has also been featured in publications such as The High Tech Society, FansShare, Yahoo News,, and others. Follow her on Twitter: @JennBentley_

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