Panel discussion focusing on diversity and entrepreneurship in media to highlight Feb. 21 event


Black News Channel (BNC), the nation’s first 24/7 African American-focused news network, is now available to Spectrum TV subscribers in the Central Florida area on channel 206/1206 and in the Tampa Bay area on channel 168/1211. Black News Channel is available at no additional charge to Spectrum TV customers who have Spectrum TV Silver, Digital Tier Package 1, or Spectrum Lifestyle TV. Spectrum TV customers can find more information at

The evening includes a conversation on the importance of meeting the information and entertainment needs of diverse audiences, featuring several esteemed panelists.



State Representative Kamia Brown

J.C. Watts, Black News Channel Chairman and Co-Founder

Dr. Michelle Ferrier, Dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

Shannon Ligon, Esq., Founder/CEO, Ligon Law Group, LLC, FAMU Law Alumna

Moderated by Marva Johnson, RVP, State Government Affairs, Charter Communications



Friday, Feb. 21

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.



FAMU College of Law

201 Beggs Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801


About Spectrum

Spectrum is a suite of advanced broadband services offered by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Spectrum provides a full range of services, including Spectrum TV®, Spectrum Internet®, and Spectrum Voice®. Spectrum Business® similarly provides scalable, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to small and medium sized business organizations, including Internet access, business telephone, and TV services. Spectrum Enterprise is a national provider of scalable, fiber-based technology solutions serving many of America’s largest businesses and communications service providers. Charter’s advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach® brand. Charter’s news and sports networks are operated under the Spectrum Networks brand. More information about Spectrum can be found at


About BNC 

Black News Channel is an independent network that is minority owned and operated, and it will be the nation’s only provider of 24/7 cable news programming dedicated to covering the unique perspective of African American communities. BNC is the endeavor of the network’s visionaries and co-founders, Chairman J.C. Watts, Jr. and CEO Bob Brillante. BNC will provide access to information and educational programming to meet the specific needs of this growing and dynamic community that is a major consumer of subscription television services. BNC will provide an authentic, new voice that represents African Americans in mainstream media and fosters political, economic, and social discourse; the network will be one voice representing the many voices of African Americans. BNC’s programming will illuminate truth about the unique challenges facing urban communities and help close the “image gap” that exists today between the negative black stereotypes perpetuated by mainstream media news and our enterprising African American communities.


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