Nation's Only Daily Black Newscast Launches!

The Premier Online Black Programming Network to Offer All-Day Access to Daily Black Newscast

Apr 08, 2010, 09:20 ET from BTV247, Inc.

LOS ANGELES, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- BTV247, Inc., the leading digital media company focused exclusively on black culture, today announced that it has begun airing the nation's only daily black newscast. The daily program can be viewed for free at either or on, the single, largest Internet destination solely focused on black-inspired programming.

"We created BlackTV247 News to serve the ever expanding audience that is utilizing the Internet as a primary news source," says Justin Beckett, founder and CEO of BTV247, Inc., parent company of "BlackTV247 News, will bring the latest headlines and stories to viewers as they occur.  As the single, largest Internet destination seeking to meet the diverse programming needs of our viewers, we will ensure that the news that they want and need to know is always accessible."

BlackTV247 News offers both a 10 minute newscast and a 3 minute newsbrief on a daily basis, Monday through Friday and reporting on the top stories and events, featuring segments covering national and international news, business, politics, technology, entertainment and sports, all specific to the black community. To maximize viewing convenience, viewers have constant access to the BlackTV247 News archives and the broad range of relevant news stories identified by the BlackTV247 News editorial team on a daily basis. fills an important need, says Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League. "As we focus on expanding internet access to communities of color, it's important to be mindful of the content they will find when they get there," Morial adds. "BlackTV247 News not only provides an important context to the news of the day, but shines a brighter light on issues that matter to urban and other traditionally underserved communities."

Award-winning journalist, Ed Gordon of BET News, says, "This is a web site that is welcomed and needed! BlackTV247News is helping to fill the void in news and information about African-Americans and is providing a wide array of stories that speak to the interests of people of color. BlackTV247News is a great place to go for all of the stories that aren't always covered by mainstream media."

BlackTV247 News Anchor Erynne Elkins says this opportunity is like no other as it speaks directly to her community. "I'm excited to be returning back to my roots of day-to-day news with the added twist of how it affects us – a perspective that only we can tell."

"This initiative is a natural extension of our commitment to establish as the "Go To" source for Black inspired programming. BlackTV247 News will offer our viewers unmatched access to highly produced news programming, helping to keep their finger on the pulse of the news that is relevant to them," adds Cecil C. Cox, co-founder and President of BTV247, Inc.

BTV247, Inc. is a Los Angeles, CA based digital media company created in direct response to the increasing popularity of online video consumption and the desire to serve the large audience for Black-inspired programming.

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