Former Black Republican Congressman J.C. Watts Launches ‘Black News Channel’

Former athlete and Republican congressman from Oklahoma J. C. Watts has launched ‘The Black News Channel’, the first 24-hour news channel created “by black people, for black people”, which began airing today.

The new network reportedly will reach 33 million households in markets with significant African-American populations, including New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

“I think there needs to be a more comprehensive story told about the African American community, and we’ll have a venue to do that,” Watts told National Public Radio (NPR) in a recent interview. 

While in Congress, Watts was a stalwart ally of former President George W. Bush, and rose to congressional leadership during his 4 terms in office.

Once well known as a celebrated former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback to those in his native state, Watts is also remembered as a hardcore conservative who held fast to Republican politics. He now claims however that his new network won’t be partisan-based.

“We’re not looking to be liberal or conservative,” Watts said in an interview. “We want to provide a venue for African Americans to have a voice, to be a part of the dialogue that’s going on in the country, be it incarceration reform or impeachment.”

The network will feature on air names such as former Fox News anchor and reporter Kelly Wright, former CNN and TBS host Fred Hickman, libertarian radio host Larry Elder, former Fox 44 anchor Lauren McCoy and former CBS journalist Lauren McGee. 

In the early days of social media, Watts was once panned for allegedly telling a news reporter he had never heard of an internationally-known Black recording group.


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