The latest business venture of J.C. Watts, former congressman from Oklahoma, is developing a new cable news network focusing on a black audience.


The latest business venture of J.C. Watts, former congressman from Oklahoma, is developing a new cable news network focusing on a black audience.

Black Television News Channel (BTNC) recently announced a multiyear agreement with Comcast, the country's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services.

"With this agreement, Comcast continues to demonstrate its commitment to working with independent programmers with diverse points of view," Watts said in a news release.

Watts, who heads up the J.C. Watts Companies in Washington, D.C., was not available Thursday for additional comment.

The news release said BTNC expects to be added to Comcast systems in key markets for black audiences such as Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Baltimore.

It said BTNC will provide broad programing that will counter "negative stereotypes" within black communities.

 

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