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Ex-Rep. Watts Pushing Black News Network

Wednesday, 28 May 2008 01:42 AM

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Former Republican Rep. J.C. Watts is leading an effort to launch an all-news TV channel aimed at African-Americans.

Comcast has agreed to carry the network, tentatively called Black Television News Channel, in early 2009, according to the New York Post. Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Baltimore are some of the cities that will get the channel.

"I'm not so sure that you see anything on CNN or Fox News that specifically targets the African-American community," Watts told the Post. "Our community features millions of people with all kinds of backgrounds. There's a much broader segment of the population than what we see in mainstream news."

Watts hasn't revealed the channel's financial details or supporters, its executives or on-air talent.

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