TV One to Launch Live Daily News Show

'News One Now' To Focus on African-American News, Current Affairs

TV One this fall will launch a live, one-hour weekday news/public affairs show as part of a multiplatform news offering from network parent company, Radio One.

TV One will simulcast the last hour of the three-hour News One Now radio program to be syndicated on Radio One stations across the country, Alfred Liggins, chairman of TV One and CEO and president of Radio One, told Multichannel News. The 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. show, which will offer news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports and culture from an African American perspective, will be hosted by former CNN journalist Roland Martin.

While the network has yet to specify a launch date, Liggins said the show would most likely debut in mid-September prior to the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference. The Radio One portion of News One Now will also run on the Web via Radio One’s dedicated site, according to Liggins.

“This is a further evolution of TV One’s commitment to better and more important television for African-Americans, and is also an extension of Radio One’s history and philosophy of making sure we inform, entertain and advocate for the African-American community,” he said. “This is the first time a network has approached African-American news on this type of commitment level.”

Liggins said TV One’s linear network simulcast of News One Now could expand to two hours or even the full three-hour radiocast in the near future.

As part of launch of News One Now, Martin said TV One’s Sunday morning Washington Watch public affairs show that he hosts will not return this fall. He added News One Now will have wide appeal among African-American audiences who traditionally get much of their news information from television and the Internet.

“About 50% of African-Americans get their news from cable news networks so we now have the opportunity to set the table on a daily basis,” Martin said. “The show will serve as the nexus of black thought – when you talk about what’s happening politically, socially, culturally in our communities, this is the place where people will be able to have those discussions.”