California Black Media’s McKenzie Jackson goes one-on-one with Black Television News Channel co-founder J.C. Watts, for a candid discussion on the vital importance of “culturally-specific” programming for African-American viewers.
Will California viewers be able to watch the Black Television News Channel (BTNC) when it debuts next fall? Along with his partner, veteran Florida television veteran Robert Brillante, former U.S. congressman J.C. Watts has been working tirelessly for six years to ensure that the network he founded in 2008 will be available to the widest possible audience. With a deal already in place at Dish Network, BTNC is eyeing a deal with Comcast that would position the Tallahassee Fla.-based channel to send its signal into the media giant’s top ten U.S. markets by February 2016. As BTNC moves quickly toward its official debut next fall, Watts sat down with California Black Media to discuss the stakes for the nation’s first Black-oriented news channel.