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NABJ Congratulates Roland S. Martin on New Role as Host of TV ONE’S, NEWS ONE

Tuesday, July 09, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Live Daily News Show, to Focus on African American News and Current Affairs, will be Simulcast on Radio One Network Stations, streamed on NewsOne.com

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2013) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates member Roland S. Martin on his new role with News One Now.

TV One, which entertains, informs and inspires Black adult viewers, has announced the creation of News One Now, a live one-hour, weekday morning news program slated to premiere September 2013. Martin, NABJ’s 2013 Journalist of the Year, will serve as host and managing editor of the program that will be a multi-platform experience on radio, television, and online.

"Roland has had an enviable career as a multimedia journalist, becoming a respected and trusted voice in print, on air and online. He will undoubtedly be an unstoppable force in his newest endeavor with News One Now," said NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. "He is unapologetic about his quest to provide well-rounded coverage of the African-American community, and to provide unique insights to diverse audiences. NABJ is proud to call Roland a member, and we look forward to seeing his continued success."

News One Now, culled from the third hour of a three-hour radio program to be syndicated on Radio One network stations, will provide viewers with a morning news program that for the first time in history, will offer news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports and culture, from an African-American perspective. The morning show, based in Washington, D.C., will feature a broad spectrum of experts, newsmakers and celebrities who will share their insights on current affairs with Martin. Additionally, the program will implement a "Skype Net” component giving various Radio One hosts a platform to provide daily weigh-ins on News One Now content, as well as inform the audience on hot topics in their respective regions.

News One Now will be a three-screen experience, allowing viewers and listeners to experience the show on radio, TV and through NewsOne.com, a website from Radio One’s web division, Interactive One. Various studies show that African Americans have a high usage of social media, and News One Now will heavily incorporate social media throughout the show (#NewsOneNow), allowing for a truly interactive experience with our audience.

"African Americans are some of the most highly engaged cable news consumers, and it’s vital that we meet that thirst with a daily morning show that speaks to our issues, our concerns, from our perspective,” said Martin. "News One Now will launch as the pre-eminent destination for the pulse of Black America.”

Martin, most recently served as the host of TV One’s long-running, award-winning weekly news program, Washington Watch with Roland Martin, which concluded its four-year series run in May. Parallel to the creation of News One Now, TV One has signed an agreement with Martin's media company, Nu Vision Media, Inc.

NABJ wishes Martin much success in his new role.

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An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit www.nabj.org.



Craig Henry (Washington Watch, Parole Diaries) will be the executive in charge of News One Now on behalf of TV One.



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