Looking to refresh and expand its programming offerings, Black Entertainment
Television has postponed upcoming stops in Philadelphia and St. Louis for its
'Black Star Power Tour,' touting a number of its shows, until next spring.
Lee Chaffin, senior vice president for affiliate sales, said BET is currently
in the planning process 'for even bigger' tour events in the home markets of
Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications Inc., respectively, in 2003.
'The artist availability will be greater in the spring, too,' he said. 'We
hope to make a really big splash with those operators in markets that have
significant BET viewership.'
To date, the tour -- featuring tapings of 106 & Park, BET's Top
10 Live, ComicView and Bobby Jones Gospel -- has already
completed stops in Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Detroit and Durham, N.C.
Teen Summit and Hits from the Street have also been taping in
Shows already taped in prior cities will air beginning Sept. 30 when BET
premieres its new season lineup.
As a prelude to each tour visit, BET
Nightly News televised news packages about local issues, personalities and
points of interest in each city.
The Annenberg Theater at the Zellerbach Center on the University of
Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia and the American Theater in St. Louis would
have been the host venues in September.