Former Oklahoma GOP congressman launches first black news network

A former Oklahoma Republican congressman launched the first black 24-hour news channel “by black people, for black people.”

Former Rep. J.C. Watts launched the Black News Channel on Monday, which employs 60 people and is based in Tallahassee, Florida. The channel will reach 33 million homes, from Atlanta, Georgia, to Los Angeles, California, in primarily African American markets.

“I think there needs to be a more comprehensive story told about the African American community, and we’ll have a venue to do that,” Watts said during a Sunday interview with NPR. “We’re not looking to be liberal or conservative.”

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