TV One (American TV channel)

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TV One is an American basic cable television channel owned by Urban One, having acquired Comcast's stake in the TV channel in 2015.[1][2] Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, TV One's programming targets African American adults with a broad mixture of original lifestyle and entertainment-oriented series, documentaries, films, music performances and reruns of sitcoms from the 1970s through the 2000s.

TV One
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerUrban One[1][2]
Sister channelsCleo TV
LaunchedJanuary 19, 2004; 20 years ago (2004-01-19)[3]

As of February 2015, TV One is available to approximately 57 million pay television households (48.9% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.[4]

History edit

Previous TV One logos
Used from launch in 2004 to August 2012
Used from August 2012 to February 2016

TV One launched on January 19, 2004, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as a competitor to the longer-established BET.[5] At the time of its launch, the channel was in approximately 2.2 million homes in 16 markets.[5] On July 7, 2008, the channel's president and CEO Johnathan Rodgers announced that TV One would provide extensive coverage of the Democratic National Convention that August.[6] In 2011, TV One's original co-owner Comcast acquired NBCUniversal, effectively integrating TV One and the other Comcast Entertainment Group channels into NBCUniversal's portfolio.[7]

In August 2012, TV One updated its on-air look and logo, as part of a plan to "tell stories about how African-American life unfolds and to distinguish it from a growing number of competitors."[8] On July 9, 2013, TV One announced that it would debut its first live one-hour, weekday morning news program that would be hosted by commentator Roland S. Martin.[9] The program, News One Now, premiered on November 4, 2013.[10]

In December 2014, Brad Siegel was hired as president of TV One. Siegel was formerly president of Turner Entertainment Networks, and vice chairman of Up TV, which he co-founded in 2004.[11][12]

In March 2015, Radio One announced a deal to buy out Comcast's 47.9% share of TV One for $550 million.[13][1][2]

In February 2016, TV One updated their logo again, along with a new slogan: "Represent."

Membership and affiliations edit

  • Associate member of the Caribbean Cable & Telecommunications Association, Inc. - CCTA[14]

Programming edit

See also edit

  • Aspire TV – an American digital cable and satellite channel owned by businessman and former basketball player Magic Johnson
  • BET – The flagship American basic cable and satellite channel of the BET Networks, currently owned by Paramount Global, which launched in 1980 as the first television channel devoted to programming targeting African-Americans
    • BET Her - A spinoff channel targeting African-American women
  • Bounce TV – an American digital multicast channel owned by the E. W. Scripps Company
  • Cleo TV - a sister channel to TV One targeting African-American women

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Radio One's Buyout Of Comcast…". Urban Insite. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Seyler, Dave. "Radio One Closes on TV One Cable Channel". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Prince, Richard (January 19, 2004). "TV One Launches, With Adding Markets a Challenge". The Robert C. Maynard Institute. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Archived from the original on February 23, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Felicia R. Lee, "A Network for Blacks With Sense of Mission," The New York Times, December 11, 2007.
  6. ^ Balta, Victor (July 9, 2008). "Network Commits to Obama-only Coverage". Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2008.
  7. ^ Wayne Barrett, “Al Sharpton’s Radio Power Play,” The Daily Beast, July 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "TV One Rebrands Around Storytelling". The Hollywood Reporter. June 20, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 9, 2013). "Roland S. Martin to Host 'News One Now', TV One's First Daily News Program". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "TV One Sets Premiere of "News One Now" with Host and Managing Editor Roland S. Martin, Monday, November 4, 9AM/ET". The Futon Critic (Press release). October 24, 2013.
  11. ^ "Brad Siegel Named TV One President," Deadline Hollywood, December 17, 2014.
  12. ^ Cynthia Littleton, "TV One Taps Cable Vet Brad Siegel as President," Variety, December 17, 2014.
  13. ^ "Radio One Gears Up for TV One Deal," Inside Radio, March 20, 2015.
  14. ^ Staff Writer. "Membership - CCTA Associate Members". Caribbean Cable & Telecommunications Association, Inc. Retrieved May 15, 2021.

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