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Black News Channel CEO Optimistic About Network’s Potential

Hair told the Wall Street Journal that there is a news void in the Black and brown communities that needs to be filled.

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The chief executive of the Black News Channel (BNC) is speaking out about the future of the network and an overhaul to its talent lineup. Princell Hair believes the network has an opportunity to provide coverage that does not exist.

Hair told the Wall Street Journal that there is a news void in the Black and brown communities that needs to be filled.

“We’re standing on the forefront of a tremendous opportunity when you look at the stories of the past year,” said Hair. “The pandemic, the George Floyd murder and the ensuing civil unrest, a very contentious presidential election, record unemployment, and all of these stories disproportionately impact Black and brown communities.”

Over the last seven months, BNC has given millions more people the opportunity to view the network by striking deals with Comcast Corp.’s Xfinity, AT&T Inc.’s DirecTV, Dish Network Corp.

The Black News Network also signed high-profile commentators Charles Blow and Marc Lamont Hill. 

Significant program changes will go into effect in March with a new morning show called Start Your Day with Sharon and Mike featuring Sharon Reed and Fox Sports personality Mike Hill.

The show will feature segments on social justice, personal health, and economic wellness in the Black community.

The network is backed by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who also owns Fulham F.C. of the English Premier League.

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Fox News Adds Chanley Painter as Overnight Anchor

Before her media career, Chanley Painter worked as a deputy prosecutor and is licensed to practice law in both Arkansas and Tennessee.

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Fox News has announced the addition of Chanley Painter as its new overnight anchor.

She joins the cable network after working at Court TV since 2019. Painter first began her news media career as a legal analyst with Nexstar Media Group, before eventually ascending to a multimedia journalist role with the company.

A native of Arkansas, Painter was Miss Arkansas USA 2009, and is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Before her media career, Chanley Painter worked as a deputy prosecutor and is licensed to practice law in both Arkansas and Tennessee.

She will begin her duties with Fox News on Monday, February 26th.

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Jim Acosta Bids Farewell to CNN Weekend Show Amid Move to Weekday Lineup

Sunday marked the final time Acosta would host the weekend show, with his weekday debut coming on Monday, February 26th.

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CNN host Jim Acosta bid adieu to his weekend program CNN Newsroom Sunday as he prepares to shift to a daily midday program as part of the network’s new lineup.

As part of an on-air shuffle, Acosta will host CNN Newsroom at 10 AM ET after a revamped morning show edition of CNN News Central airs from 7-10 AM ET.

Sunday marked the final time Acosta would host the weekend show, with his weekday debut coming on Monday, February 26th.

In his final weekend show, Acosta thanked his regular guests, his behind-the-scenes crew, and viewers for supporting the program.

“I’m so thankful to all of them,” Acosta said of his production crew and producers. “And thank you so much for spending part of your weekends with me these last few years. I will see you soon.”

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Kate Snow to Depart Sunday Anchor Chair of NBC Nightly News

In addition to anchoring NBC Nightly News on Sundays, Kate Snow also anchors NBC News Daily, which she will spend more of her focus on after she departs from the weekend program.

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NBC Nightly News will see a new Sunday anchor after Kate Snow announced she will exit the network news program.

Snow announced at the end of Sunday’s program that she would be departing the program after the February 25th edition of the show.

In addition to anchoring NBC Nightly News on Sundays, Kate Snow also anchors NBC News Daily, which she will spend more of her focus on after she departs from the weekend program.

“Our audience on NBC News Daily is growing fast and I have decided after a lot of thought to focus my attention Monday through Friday on that role,” the 54-year-old Snow said.

Kate Snow joined NBC News in 2010 after working at both ABC News and CNN.

Despite reports of cost-cutting at NBC News, Stephen Battaglio of the Los Angeles Times reports Snow’s exit from the weekend program is not related to any budget cuts.

After her departure from the anchor chair, NBC News will use a rotating group of anchors to helm the evening news program until a permanent fixture is named. Snow will remain a senior national correspondent for NBC News after her planned exit from the anchor chair.

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