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Black News Channel to Launch in 2018, Organizers say – Tallahassee Democrat

Black News Channel to Launch in 2018, Organizers say – Tallahassee Democrat The Black Television News Channel is scheduled to be launched next February in its home inside the Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication.

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The BTNC is being touted as the first 4K Ultra HD newsgathering and production infrastructure of its kind. It is expected to include a multi-million-dollar, media-training center for aspiring journalists.

According to a study by the Florida State University Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis, the BTNC will generate more than 100 jobs in Tallahassee and more than $30 million annually in economic stimulus for the region.

In March 2014, the FAMU Board of Trustees unanimously approved the agreement with BTNC to establish a “Network Course of Study” that included substantial benefits to the university’s promotion, recruitment, academic and student training programs. The BTNC and FAMU effort offers “substantial positives” to enhance the university’s performance metrics as established by the Florida Board of Governors.

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Julius Caesar “J. C.” Watts, Jr. (born November 18, 1957) is an American politician from Oklahoma who was a college football quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners and later played professionally in the Canadian Football League. Watts served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003 as a Republican, representing Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District.

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Watts was born and raised in Eufaula, Oklahoma, in a rural impoverished neighborhood. After being one of the first children to attend an integrated elementary school, he became a high school quarterback and gained a football scholarship to the University of Oklahoma. He graduated from college in 1981 with a degree in journalism and became a football player in the Canadian Football League until his retirement in 1986.

Watts became a Baptist minister and was elected in 1990 to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as the first African-American in Oklahoma to win statewide office. He successfully ran for Congress in 1994 and was re-elected to three additional terms with increasing vote margins. Watts delivered the Republican response to Bill Clinton’s 1997 State of the Union address and was elected Chair of the House Republican Conference in 1998. He retired in 2003 and turned to lobbying and business work, also occasionally serving as a political commentator. (Wikipedia).

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