Black News Channel shuts down days after ratings high

NEW YORK (AP) — The Black News Channel has pulled the plug immediately after the 2-12 months-aged enterprise failed to fulfill payroll and missing the backing of its biggest investor.

Princell Hair, the company’s president and CEO, informed staff Friday in a memo that the information community was ceasing are living creation and would file for individual bankruptcy. BNC was offered in some 50 million households with cable and satellite but had failed to appeal to quite a few viewers.

The community, established in 2020 by previous GOP congressman J.C. Watts, employed more than 250 Black journalists and manufacturing staff previous 12 months in a relaunch next an financial commitment by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan.

But it was regularly getting rid of revenue, irrespective of two rounds of layoffs, and Khan made a decision to quit investing in it even further. It is currently three weeks small of payroll, a business spokesman mentioned.

Hair, a former CNN government, took over in the relaunch previous 12 months. BNC brought on contributors like Charles Blow, columnist at The New York Instances, and commentator Marc Lamont Hill. Correspondents ended up stationed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

The stop came even as BNC recorded its largest viewers at any time this 7 days with its live coverage of the Judiciary Committee listening to for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Decide Ketanji Brown Jackson, Hair reported.

He advised staff that their contributions experienced been extraordinary, but “due to complicated current market situations and global fiscal pressures, we have been not able to fulfill our fiscal ambitions, and the timeline afforded to us has run out.”

Establishing a community is particularly tough at a time when customers have so lots of decisions and a lot of are reducing cable or satellite cords.

“Remember that we developed a thing terrific here,” Hair claimed in his memo. “BNC, or something quite near to it, will surely return at some position, due to the fact the earth requirements it, and all of you have demonstrated it can be accomplished.”

News of BNC’s shutdown was 1st reported by the Los Angeles Moments.

The National Association of Black Journalists stated Friday that it was on the lookout at ways to assist associates that ended up thrown out of function by the shutdown.


This tale has been current to suitable the identify of the Black Information Channel’s chief investor. He is Shahid Khan, not Shahid Kahn.