TV ONE  announces plans to suspend daily production of award-winning morning news show ‘NewsOne Now’

TV ONE announces plans to suspend daily production of award-winning morning news show ‘NewsOne Now’

TV One has announced that after four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to viewers as the only Black daily newscast on television, the network has decided to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show.  The final live show is scheduled on Thursday, December 21, at 7 a.m. ET.

TV One premiered NewsOne Now in 2013, to provide a daily voice to Black America on important political and social issues impacting our community.  The foray into daily news was the idea of TV One CEO Alfred Liggins.

“Providing a platform for Black voices is in the DNA of our entire company,” said Liggins.  “As a Black-owned multi-media company, Urban One (parent company of TV One) engages Black America daily, not just on television, but radio and also online via and on 77 digital platforms.  We know there is a void in mainstream media and we plan to continue to be an outlet for Black news. Roland Martin will be a part of that plan.”

TV One Interim General Manager Michelle L. Rice added, “We had to make a tough decision to suspend a show we all love.  Despite the best efforts of the many talented people who work on this amazing show day to day, NewsOne Now struggled to attract a wide audience. Like any other network, we had to make a difficult choice.”

The network invested in the production of NewsOne Now for the past four years. In an effort to save the program, adjustments were made to the format this quarter. Despite the network’s commitment and investment, NewsOne Now did not gain traction with advertisers and viewers.TV One is working to  restructure NewsOne Now in 2018 under a new format that will better serve its audience and advertisers.

Although some staff cuts resulted from the show’s suspension. Roland Martin, NewsOne Now Host and Managing Editor will continue to be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the Black community.  No other TV One staff will be impacted.

“I’d be remiss not to express my immense gratitude to Roland, executive producer Susan Henry, and the entire NewsOne Now production team for their fierce dedication and tireless commitment to representing journalistic excellence every day,” said Rice. “I’m extremely proud of all that we’ve accomplished together.”

“I am undoubtedly saddened by NewsOne Now ending daily production,” said Martin. “We set out to give America, specifically Black America, a show that spoke to our issues, concerns and unique perspective. And we did just that.”

Roland also shared appreciation for his staff, viewers and network, stating, “I am immensely proud of this staff, and thank you to TV One CEO Alfred Liggins for launching this show in 2013. I cannot express how humbling it has been to have African Americans of all ages show me their appreciation for our work.  I promise to ‘keep giving them hell,’ so stay tuned.”

TV ONE  announces plans to suspend daily production of award-winning morning news show ‘NewsOne Now’

NABJ to TV One Execs: Reconsider Decision to Ax ‘NewsOne Now’

Members of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) are expressing their dismay that NewsOne Now will go off the air on Dec. 21. TV One executives made the announcement earlier this week.

TJ Holmes, Stephen A. Smith, Jemele Hill, Cari Champion, and industry professionals such as Lawrence O’Donnell and Greta Van Sustern are among the many NABJ members who expressed their sadness, displeasure or outrage at seeing the demise of the program.

“The show didn’t just have an impact on the community, the show made an impact on developing black journalists,” said host Roland Martin. “NewsOne Now was a breeding ground and development opportunity for African-Americans who are lawyers and political commentators and the show helped other networks too. Without a doubt there’s no national television show that boasts the number of working black journalists as NewsOne Now.”

Since its inception, NewsOne Now has been must-watch morning TV for many viewers, as well as listeners to the syndicated radio show, the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Martin gave a platform to commentators Angela Rye, Paris Dennard and Shermichael Michael Singleton, David Swerdlick, Laura Coates, and numerous subject matter experts, before the other networks came calling.


“Roland Martin’s show has served as the only television broadcast to provide daily coverage of black people and issues,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “NABJ applauded TV One executive Johnathan Rodgers for tapping Roland, an “NABJ Baby,” to work for the network 12 years ago and CEO Alfred Liggins for selecting Roland as the host of NewsOne Now.

“Today, we understand the importance of making sound business decisions, however, NewsOne Now had recently grown from one-to-two hours and to think the news program will cease is disheartening. I call upon the news and broadcast industry to develop programming that serves black communities. The void is like a gaping wound.”

In a year where journalists have faced daily assaults and attempts to discredit their work with the onslaught of claims of “fake news,” NABJ is concerned by TV One’s decision to halt its signature news program, one of the most credible news sources, especially for black and disenfranchised communities.

A past NABJ Journalist of the Year, Martin’s work has garnered numerous awards and is currently a contender for two NAACP Image Awards. His show employs nearly 30 journalists, who face the reality of unemployment going into the new year.

“When anything is happening that impacts African Americans, you can turn to TV One for perspectives you won’t see on other programs,” said Dorothy Tucker, NABJ’s Vice President of Broadcast. “The demise of Roland’s show leaves a huge void that we simply can’t afford now.”

Noting that Martin has been instrumental in increasing contributions to HBCUs, while also tackling international issues and holding elected officials accountable, even the President of the United States, NABJ is deeply concerned about the future of journalism when a show of NewsOne Now’s caliber is taken off the air.

Highlights of NewsOne Now’s coverage include:

  • Only national show focused on the daily trial of the white Oklahoma police officer, Daniel Holtzclaw, who was found guilty of raping several Black women;
  • Roland Marin’s interview with Black physicist Dr. Hadiyah Nicole-Green and her ground breaking cancer research is his most viewed segment ever on Facebook with more than 14 million views;
  • Martin’s hard- hitting commentaries on Bill O’Reilly for his Colin Kaepernick critique, Paula White and Wendy Williams are still some of the most talked about pieces in Black America today;
  • Consistently focused on the lack of black opportunities in the Democratic Party and Hollywood, which led to blacks getting hired;
  • Live streamed the 7-1/2 hour funeral coverage of activist, comedian and health nutritionist, Dick Gregory;
  • Reported extensively on the issue of voter suppression;
  • The only national media outlet focused on the death of #GemmelMoore, a black gay man in LA;
  • Provided consistent coverage of police shootings of black men across the country, and was often the go-to broadcast for civil rights attorneys representing families.

“TV One has outstanding programming, like UnSung and other tributes to fallen giants,” said President Glover. “But NewsOne Now brought us scholars, activists, health and financial literacy gurus and other thought agents that helped viewers grow mentally, physically, socially and financially.”

TV One’s significant strides in the industry are noteworthy and deserving of much more support than it receives, according to Glover. The two-term NABJ president said that in addition to asking TV One to reconsider its decision to cancel NewsOne Now, she would like to see the station receive more support so that it can expand and provide more excellent programming. Glover also calls upon other networks to develop news programming that serves black audiences and consumers.

NABJ would like to see the cable industry increase the subscription base of TV One, which currently reaches 59 million homes. Other networks like BET, CNN, HLN, MSNBC and Fox News exceed 90 million homes. Such an increase of distribution will aid TV One in offering expanded news and other programming.

National Association of Black Journalists


Crime & Justice Monday Line-Up Finished 4Q16 Up Among Key Demos vs. YA; P18-34 (+39%) and W18-34 (+33%)

TV One’s True Crime Monday premieres all new seasons of the network’s popular crime and justice series, Fatal Attraction and For My Man, on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.  Beginning with its #1 true crime series, TV One is debuting the sixth season of Fatal Attraction with a double-episode presentation from 8-10 p.m. ET;  followed by For My Man’s third season premiere at 10 p.m. ET.

Fatal Attraction and For My Man are the perfect cautionary tales from true, real life accounts where love goes completely wrong,” said D’Angela Proctor, Head of Original Programming and Production. “Each Monday, the shows provide a one-two punch filled with love triangles, jilted lovers, and deadly obsessions in the urban community where the audience can follow the clues and try to deduce who-dunnit before the last act.”

TV One is a Top 5 Cable Network on Monday Nights among AA P25-54 and W25-54, thanks to the hit True Crime Monday line-up (2016 to-date). The Monday night true crime line-up finished off 4Q16 with double-digit increases over YA among P18-34 (+39%), W18-34 (+33%). Fatal Attraction concluded Season 5 up among P25-54 (+3%), W25-54 (+11%), P18-34 (+35%) and W18-34 (+44%), over its previous season. Additionally, Justice By Any Means, which returns in March 2017 to complete its second season, closed the year trending upwards over its premiere season among P25-54 (+16%), W25-54 (+18%), P18-34 (+18%) and W18-34 (+19%).

The Season 6 kick-off of Fatal Attraction begins at 8 p.m. ET with the tragic story of Lisa Spence, a dedicated and loving mother, who followed her boyfriend, Paul Edwards, to distant shores and then she disappears. When the family received text messages from her cell phone saying she had moved to Jacksonville, Fla., they didn’t believe it. Unable to reach her to discuss the messages, they contact the local authorities. The police soon discover Spence may have been fleeing an abusive relationship. Was her disappearing act the move of a desperate woman or something far more sinister? As this plot thickens, a high stakes game of cat and mouse will finally reveal the jaw-dropping truth.

At 9 p.m. ET, Fatal Attraction explores the case of Barry Odom who was found shot to death in the parking lot of his apartment complex.  A nursing assistant and father who yearned to help everyone, Odom didn’t appear to have an enemy in the world. His girlfriend, whom he had seen just minutes earlier, is overwhelmed with grief. But when police learn there was another woman in his life, they begin to suspect that jealousy could have played a role in his death. The deeper they dig into his personal life, the more questions they unearth…and the longer the list of potential suspects grows.

TV One’s Fatal Attraction delves into real-life stories of criminal acts committed under the guise of love and the tragic consequences that turn deadly. Recounting stories of love-gone-wrong, each episode consists of first-person interviews from loved ones, accounts from investigating officials, interrogation footage, recreations of pivotal moments and haunting cinematography.

For My Man is jam-packed with new incredible stories of the lengths some women will go to keep the love of their man. Shedding light on the outrageous and shocking stories of women who have been arrested for a crime they committed in the name of love, each episode includes interviews of those closest to the events – family members, friends, witnesses, investigators and journalists – as well as psychologists, lawyers and when possible, the subjects themselves. Beginning at 10 p.m. ET the third season kicks-off with the stories of Belinda Henry and Ashley Ervin.

Belinda Henry lived in a cloud of darkness and depression stemming from multiple failed marriages until Keith Henry’s smile brightened her life and gave her hope. Unfortunately, hope soon turns into despair when the couple devises a plan to make some quick cash. Suddenly Belinda finds herself doing the unthinkable in order to please Keith. Later, book smart Ashley Ervin’s future takes a deadly turn when she meets Keithron Fields and their mutual acquaintance, Dexter Johnson. Late night drives lead the trio down a dark and disastrous road that forever alters her life.

Fatal Attraction is produced for TV One by Jupiter Entertainment with Todd Moss as co-executive producer and Robert Twilley and Harrison Land as executives in charge of production. For My Man is produced by Sirens Media for TV One. Valerie Haselton and Rebecca Toth Dienfenbach serve as executive producers and Anne S. Rothwell is show runner for the series.  For TV One, Lamar Chase serves as producer and director of original programming and production; Tia A. Smith is senior director of original programming and production and executive-in-charge of production; Robyn Greene Arrington is vice president, original programming and production; and D’Angela Proctor is head of original programming and production.

For more information about TV One’s programming, visit the network’s companion website at One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram andFacebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tags #FatalAttraction and #ForMyMan. Clips and promos are also available on TV One’s YouTube Channel. 

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