Atlanta -- The Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce and
several prominent, local civil-rights leaders and politicians are putting pressure on
MediaOne to launch Black Entertainment Television's and Encore Media Group's BET
The group two weeks ago began a letter-writing campaign to
MediaOne's CEO Chuck Lillis in an effort to get the African-American movie service
launched on the MSO's system here, which has more than 100,000 subscribers, said Lou
Walker, president of the association.
Along with local subscribers, the group has enlisted
Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, as well as civil-rights leader Coretta Scott King and several
local congressman and local City Council leaders to write letters on behalf of BET Movies.
The Chamber of Commerce also hosted a luncheon at the
National Show last week to garner support for the service, and several MediaOne executives
were expected to attend, Walker said.
Representatives from MediaOne could not be reached for
MediaOne serves DeKalb County, which is the second-largest
African-American-populated county in the country, with more than 250,000 residents.
"MediaOne is serving this large middle-class and
upper-class group of subscribers, so we're asking them to take a close look at BET
Movies/Starz!3," Walker said.