Dan Rather’s News & Guts Tops 1 Million Uniques In January, Its 2nd Month Of Operation

Dan Rather’s News & Guts Tops 1 Million Uniques In January, Its 2nd Month Of Operation

The new website successfully creates a home online for the news anchor’s 4.5 million loyal social media followers

News & Guts, the start-up website (newsandguts.com) founded by famed news anchor Dan Rather, passed 1 million unique visitors in January, only its second month of publishing. The site features a mix of political commentary, original reporting, documentary video storytelling, and curated links to other credible editorial sources.

News & Guts is intended to help better serve Rather’s Facebook audience who has come to read his essays and his take on news for the last few years on both his own page and on the News & Guts FB page. Rather has built a highly-engaged reader base with 4.5 million followers on Facebook and Twitter with up to 200 million views per month on the social media platforms. “Engaging with a new audience on social media has been one of the most rewarding times of my career. And now with the new website, it’s an opportunity for me to cut through all the bull shine and bring you what’s important,” Rather says.

The site’s launch in late November was tied to the publication of Rather’s New York Times best-selling book What Unites Us (Algonquin Books, co-authored with Elliot Kirschner), and coincides with the premiere of “The News w/Dan Rather,” produced in partnership with The Young Turks, the progressive YouTube channel that boasts 3.6 million subscribers.

To fulfill its mission as a next-generation source for news reporting and investigative journalism, News & Guts is also investing in original documentary short subjects. First up in February: Exclusive, in-the-field reporting that takes a closer look at the unexpected stories of migrants from Latin Americacrossing the U.S.-Mexico border (trailer below). Another original documentary will tell the story of one of the most ethnically-diverse square miles in America, a place that is not well known and just happens to be located in the Deep South.

News & Guts logged its best day ever, in terms of total audience, on January 29–the day news broke that deputy director Andrew McCabe resigned under pressure from the FBI.


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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 NewsOne.com 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.”




President Barack Obama’s farewell address will be followed by exclusive commentary from News One Now’s Host and Managing Editor, Roland S. Martin

Martin, a political analyst and commentator will discuss reaction to the President’s Farewell Address from viewers, the African American community and his 4M+ social media networks. Martin may also provide insight and perspective on important issues affecting the Black community, including the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Race and the rise of the “alt-right” movement.

Emanating from the heart of Washington D.C. in a state-of-the-art studio that offers a stunning view of the Capitol building, NewsOne Now airs Monday through Friday on TV One from 7-8 a.m. ET.  NewsOne Now is hosted by Roland S. Martin, the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year and former host of TV One’s long-running, award-winning weekly news program, Washington Watch with Roland Martin.  Each morning, Martin – who also serves as the program’s managing editor – sifts through the headlines of the day to spotlight matters that greatly impact the African American community. In addition to television, NewsOne Now reaches audiences 24/7 with exclusive program content and extended editorial on NewsOne.com and the NewsOne mobile app.  News One Now is an evolution of Interactive One’s award-winning digital brand NewsOne.com that launched in 2008 and reaches millions of African Americans each month. Susan Henry is executive producer of NewsOne Now. D’Angela Proctor is TV One’s head of original programming and production.


Launched in January 2004,  TV One serves more than 60 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, Hollywood Divas and The NAACP Image Awards.  In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV OneHigh Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.

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