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Centric Logo.png
Launched September 21, 1996 (1996-09-21)
Owned by BET Networks
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan What's Good
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Formerly called BET on Jazz (1996–2002)
BET Jazz (2002–2006)
BET J (2006–2009)
Sister channel(s) BET
BET Hip-Hop
BET Gospel
Website CentricTV.com
DirecTV Channel 330 (SD)
Dish Network Channel 371 (SD/HD)
C-Band AMC 18 – Channel 230 (4DTV Digital)
Verizon FiOS Channel 220 (SD)
Available on most other U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
AT&T U-verse Channel 515 SD)

Centric is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by the BET Networks subsidiary of Viacom. It is formatted as an general interest network geared towards African-American adults, featuring a mix of original talk and music programming, acquired sitcoms and drama series, and movies.

As of August 2013, Centric is available to approximately 51,953,000 pay television households (45.49% of households with at least television set) in the United States.[1]


The BET J logo, used from March 2006 to September 2009.

The network originally launched on September 21, 1996[2] as BET on Jazz; a spin-off channel of Black Entertainment Television (BET), the network originally showcased jazz music-related programming, especially that of black jazz musicians – much of which had been airing on BET as part of its overnight music programming.

In 2002, the network's name was revised to BET Jazz. The network was rebranded as BET J on March 1, 2006, with its programming focus shifting from a purely jazz-focused channel into a more general interest service. While jazz music still remained the stated primary focus, programming expanded to include a block of Caribbean programs as well as some R&B, neo soul, reggaetón and alternative hip hop music content. To a lesser extent, BET J also focused on go-go, electronica and alternative rock music. Programs featured on BET J during this period included My Two Cents (hosted by Keith Boykin, Bryonn Bain, Crystal McCarey Anthony and Staceyann Chin), The Best Shorts (hosted by Abiola Abrams), Living the Life of Marley (a reality series centering on Ky-Mani Marley), My Model is Better Than Your Model (a reality series hosted by former America's Next Top Model winner Eva Pigford) and The Turn On (hosted by Charlotte Burley).

On April 24, 2009, BET Networks announced it would rebrand BET J as Centric, and change its programming focus fully to a general-interest African-American network aimed mainly at adults that would compete equally with TV One while BET would shift focus to exclusively target younger viewers.[3] The rebranding was occurred on September 28, 2009 (which by coincidence, was the same day that sister network Nickelodeon underwent a branding overhaul of its networks).[4]


Current programming[edit]

Original programming[edit]

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Movie presentations[edit]

  • Flick Centric

Former programming[edit]

Original programming[edit]

Reruns of BET programs[edit]

Reruns of MTV programs[edit]

Acquired programming[edit]


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