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Your Black World: Former Congressman JC Watts Planning A Black News Channel

Former Rep. J.C. Watts is not giving up details like financing or the names of anchors.

 

 

FORMER congressman J.C. Watts is behind a major push to launch an all-news channel for black people.

The network, tentatively called Black Television News Channel and slated to launch in early 2009, already has an agreement with Comcast cable to be carried in several cities with large black populations including Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Baltimore.

As yet, there is no deal to carry the channel in New York.

“I’m not so sure that you see anything on CNN or Fox News that specifically targets the African American community,” Watts told The Post.

According to recent U.S. census figures, nearly 81 percent of Detroit’s population is black, while Baltimore is 64 percent, Atlanta is 61 percent, D.C. is 57 percent, Philly is 46 percent and Chicago is 37 percent. That means each city is a major potential market for the new channel and advertisers.

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