FAMU Will Be Home for First African-American News Channel

FAMU Black Television News Channel
FAMU Black Television News Channel
Posted at 5:34 PM, Jan 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-27 13:43:45-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Florida A&M University is moving forward with plans to create the first-ever African-American new network, with the university as its headquarters.

"The Black Television News Channel" will broadcast in 14 cities across the US including New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, with hopes of becoming a world-wide station. This comes thanks to a new agreement with Charter Communications.

FAMU first joined the project to bring the Black Television News Channel to viewers in 2014. While there is an 11-year agreement to house the network on campus, many involved are hopeful that the channel and the cooperation with the university will last much longer.

The project is expected to bring hundreds of jobs and 30 million dollars in economic stimulus to Tallahassee, in addition to training for FAMU journalism students.

"Black Television News Channel will focus on the African-American community. We will broadcast 24 hours, 7 days a week, world-wide, much like CNN or Fox, or MSNBC, says former Tallahassee mayor John Marks who is one of the principles in starting the project. "Our focus however will be on the African-American community and bringing news from an African-American perspective. That's the idea for the network at this point in time. "

The groundbreaking for the facility is scheduled for later next month. It will be then when an official date for programming will begin. 

If you would like to get involved in the network, or to find out more information, contact John Marks at