Ex-BET Host Smiley Nabs PBS Talker


Former Black Entertainment Television talk-show host Tavis Smiley will host a
nationally distributed PBS weeknight talk show beginning next January.

The half-hour series, which will feature a unique mix of news and pop
culture, will premiere Monday, Jan. 5, PBS representatives said.

Smiley currently hosts an issues-oriented show on NPR.

BET fired Smiley as host of BET Tonight in April 2001 after he failed
to offer the network an exclusive interview with a former Symbionese Liberation
Army fugitive. The interview was eventually sold to ABC.