About Us.

An innovative and life-changing network

Independent Network

As an innovative and life-changing network, BNC’s mission is to provide intelligent programming that is informative, educational, entertaining, inspiring and empowering to its African American audience. BNC is an independent network, minority-owned and operated. BNC is the nation’s only provider of 24/7 cable news programming created “by people of color for people of color.”  BNC illuminates truth by authentically representing our dynamic African American communities.

Life Changing Network

BNC has a real opportunity to change lives and mindsets through the creation of a singular news organization based on a profoundly unique and critically important premise. BNC will serve up authentic, genuine, responsible and responsive news to black Americans. BNC’s news will include the priorities, issues, realities, and points-of-view of our black population and communities. BNC will be able to make a deep, rich connection to this target audience by being the antidote to today’s toxic news environment; our network will provide relevant news, as well as celebrate black lives, culture, and history.

Our Goals

  • Give voice to an under served community;
  • Build bridges to connect the many diverse cultures in our nation;
  • Facilitate a more informed national conversation about challenges facing our urban communities;
  • Engage African American viewers in our nation’s social, economic and political discussions and debates;
  • Create a platform for African American newsmakers and policymakers to reach their constituents;
  • Showcase African American achievers creating positive role models for black youth;
  • Produce educational programming that is culturally relevant to empower African American viewers;
  • Inspire African American viewers with uplifting and spiritual messages produced daily;
  • Preserve a proud African American heritage; and
  • Recruit and train aspiring African American journalists.

Meet Our Team.

Building a personal connection with our audience is one small step toward building a mutual and trusting relationship.

J.C. Watts, Jr., Chairman

J.C. Watts, Jr. is co-founder and chairman of the Black News Channel. Black News Channel is an independent network that is minority owned and operated, and it is the nation’s only provider of 24/7 cable news programming dedicated to covering the unique perspective of African American communities.


Jim Zerwekh, COO

Jim Zerwekh serves as Black News Channel’s chief operating officer. Jim is a prominent senior media executive with strong leadership and communication skills. (more…)

Gary Wordlaw, VP, News & Programming

Gary C. Wordlaw serves as BNC’s vice president of news and programming. In this role, Gary is responsible for developing and producing original news programming that will be able to make a deep, rich connection to the network’s target audience of African Americans.


Frank Watson, VP/General Manager

Frank Watson is the vice president/general manager of Black News Channel. He is a senior level, performance driven manager with more than 35 years of demonstrated success and professional achievement in the broadcasting field, particularly in start-up operational environments. (more…)

John Marks, III, VP, Government & Community Relations

John R. Marks, lll, former Mayor of Tallahassee, FL (2003-2014), serves as the vice president of government and community affairs for BNC. He is also the managing principal in the law firm of Marks and Marks, LLC. (more…)

Michael Anapolsky, VP, Ad Sales

Michael Anapolsky is Black News Channel’s vice president of advertising sales. Mr. Anapolsky has worked the past 28 years in various sales and programming leadership positions in both the cable television and broadcast industries.


Kenny Elcock, Director, Engineering & Operations

Kenny Elcock serves as BNC’s director of engineering and operations. He is a master of systems integration, and Kenny designed a network for BNC that pushes beyond the comfortable limits of today’s technology to create a new way of delivering news content and a new kind of television viewer. (more…)

Maureen Brown, Director, Finance & HR

Maureen Brown serves as BNC’s director of finance and human resources. Prior to joining BNC’s executive team, Maureen served as the president of Top Notch Presentations (TNP), a private consulting firm she founded that works with businesses and individuals to prepare financial analysis and modeling to move a company’s strategic vision forward. (more…)

Tommy Ross, Director, Communications

Tommy Ross is BNC’s director of communications. He has more than 40 years of legislative, political, public affairs, corporate and management experience and has affected public policy on the local, state, and federal levels while developing a reputation as a master political and corporate communications strategist.


Amir Windom, Executive, Creative Affairs, Entertainment & Music

Amir Windom is BNC’s executive of creative affairs, entertainment and music. Amir is regarded as one of the nation’s top young leaders and creative minds of his generation. During the last decade, he has accumulated success in the world of entertainment by asserting his skills in the music, film and television industry. (more…)