Post Classifieds

FAMU partners with Black Television News Channel

By Senior Writer|Alexis Grant
On February 16, 2017

Photo courtesy of: SJGC

Florida A&M University's School of Journalism and Graphic Communications is gearing up to launch their highly anticipated partnership with the Black Television News Channel. This will be the first news network in the country created for African-Americans.

The BTNC is one step closer to fruition. Wednesday’s announcement of a new agreement will allow the network to debut to over 14 major markets through the cable company, Charter Communications.

Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Tampa, Dallas, Detroit, Charlotte, Boston, New Orleans, Orlando, Cleveland, Birmingham, Norfolk, and Raleigh-Durham are markets where audiences will be able to view the programs. The agreement with Charter Communications marks the network's third distribution deal with one of the country's four major cable providers. 

The  24-hour Black-owned news network promises to be a large monetary investment for FAMU and the Tallahassee area.

“As we get closer to the launch date of this groundbreaking network, the University remains excited about the opportunity to play a key role in bolstering the nation’s African-American news offerings, reporting the cultural achievements of the African-American community and developing the next generation of minority journalists,” said FAMU’s Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson. 

Contract stipulations linked back in 2014 specify that over the first three years of its tenure at FAMU, BTNC will pay the university $500,000 annually. In the seven years remaining, payments will be raised to $1 million per year. 

According to SJGC Dean, Dr. Ann Wead Kimbrough, the launch of BTNC will heavily benefit students within the program.

“Our students will receive internship and job opportunities as a part of the BTNC collaboration,” said Kimbrough. “This unique opportunity affords our students cutting-edge training experiences that will provide advantages in a competitive marketplace.”

BTNC also promised  to be economically beneficial to the Tallahassee area and North Florida region at large by planning to roughly hire 200 journalists and other staff positions. According to a study done by the Florida State University Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis, the network will bring an estimated  $34 million to the region. 

BTNC and FAMU will hold a ceremony on February 24th to announce the network's launch date. 


Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly

More thefamuanonline News Articles

Recent thefamuanonline News Articles

Discuss This Article




Students at FAMU have heard about the cutting edge eye technology employed by LASIK Ft. Lauderdale eye centers to help improve eyesight. For FAMU students passionate about science and the eye, read more about the top LASIK eye centers in South Florida.

Log In

or Create an account

Employers & Housing Providers

Employers can list job opportunities for students

Post a Job

Housing Providers can list available housing

Post Housing

Log In

Forgot your password?

Your new password has been sent to your email!

Logout Successful!

Please Select Your College/University:

You just missed it! This listing has been filled.

Post your own housing listing on Uloop and have students reach out to you!

Upload An Image

Please select an image to upload
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format
Provide URL where image can be downloaded
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format