Tallahassee, Florida—October 2, 2019–Black News Channel (BNC), the nation’s only African American news network, announced today that successful business magnate Shad Khan is a partner in the network and a strong supporter of empowering African American communities. Khan is deeply committed to the network’s mission of creating innovative and life-changing programming that gives voice to the varied experiences, issues, points-of-view and priorities that matter to African Americans.
“This is a chance for me to make an impact on how African Americans report and consume news and related programming, how their voices are amplified and heard, and how all of us can better connect socially, culturally, economically and more. I am truly proud to be part of such an ambitious but worthy effort,” Khan said.
“I believe there is an undeniable calling for everything the Black News Channel will deliver to African American television audiences, who have historically been underserved in an era where networks have otherwise successfully targeted news to specific demographic groups and interests,” Khan explained. “My decision to invest is an easy one, because we get to answer that calling.
“Mr. Khan is a very successful and influential businessman, and we are honored to have him as a partner in the network,” said BNC Chairman J.C. Watts, Jr. “We applaud his passion and commitment to serve our nation’s African American communities, and we look forward to doing great things with his participation.”
Black News Channel is an independent network that is minority owned and operated, and it will be the nation’s only provider of 24/7 cable news programming dedicated to covering the unique perspective of African American communities. BNC is the endeavor of the network’s visionaries and co-founders, Chairman J.C. Watts, Jr. and CEO Bob Brillante. BNC will provide access to information and educational programming to meet the specific needs of this growing and dynamic community that is a major consumer of subscription television services. BNC will provide an authentic, new voice that represents African Americans in mainstream media and fosters political, economic, and social discourse; the network will be one voice representing the many voices of African Americans. BNC’s programming will illuminate truth about the unique challenges facing urban communities and help close the “image gap” that exists today between the negative black stereotypes perpetuated by mainstream media news and our enterprising African American communities.