TV One Suspends Roland Martin’s News One Now

Categories // LA Focus Thursday, 14 December 2017

TV One Suspends Roland Martin’s News One Now

Last week, TV One announced the suspension of the only Black daily newscast on television, NewsOne Now, hosted by Roland Martin with the final live show scheduled for Thursday, December 21, at 7 a.m. ET.

      TV One premiered the show in 2013, to provide a daily voice to Black America on important political and social issues impacting the community. 

      News of its suspension didn’t sit well with the National Association of Black Journalists. The NABJ, the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, has asked the cable network to reconsider its decision to cease production of the show.

      "Today, we understand the importance of making sound business decisions, however, NewsOne Now had recently grown from one-to-two hours and to think the news program will cease is disheartening," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "I call upon the news and broadcast industry to develop programming that serves black communities. The void is like a gaping wound.

      "Roland Martin's show has served as the only television broadcast to provide daily coverage of black people and issues."

     “Providing a platform for Black voices is in the DNA of our entire company,” said Liggins.  “As a Black-owned multi-media company, Urban One (parent company of TV One) engages Black America daily, not just on television, but radio and also online via and on 77 digital platforms.  We know there is a void in mainstream media and we plan to continue to be an outlet for Black news. Roland Martin will be a part of that plan.”

      TV One Interim General Manager Michelle L. Rice added, “Despite the best efforts of the many talented people who work on this amazing show day to day, NewsOne Now struggled to attract a wide audience. Like any other network, we had to make a difficult choice.”

      The network invested in the production of NewsOne Now for the past four years. In an effort to save the program, adjustments were made to the format this quarter. Despite the network’s commitment and investment, NewsOne Now did not gain traction with advertisers and viewers. TV One is working to  restructure NewsOne Now in 2018 under a new format that will better serve its audience and advertisers.

     “I am undoubtedly saddened by NewsOne Now ending daily production,” said Martin. “We set out to give America, specifically Black America, a show that spoke to our issues, concerns and unique perspective. And we did just that.”

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