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Centric Logo.png
Launched September 21, 1996 (1996-09-21)
Network BET Networks
Owned by Viacom Inc.
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan What's Good
Country United States
Language English
Replaced BET on Jazz
BET Jazz
Sister channel(s) BET Hip-Hop
BET Gospel
Website www.centrictv.com
DirecTV Channel 330 (SD)
Dish Network Channel 371 (SD/HD)
AMC 18 Channel 230 (SD)
Available on most cable systems Check local listings
Verizon FiOS Channel 220 (SD)
AT&T U-verse Channel 515 (SD)

Centric is an American general interest cable television channel geared towards African-American adults. A Black Entertainment Television (BET) channel, it was formerly known as BET on Jazz, BET Jazz, and BET J and showcased jazz music-related programming, especially that of black jazz musicians. Centric is on DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Time Warner Cable, and many other digital cable providers as part of the MTV Digital Suite.

As of August 2013, approximately 51,953,000 American households (45.49% of households with television) receive Centric.[1]


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

BET on Jazz launched on the date of September 21, 1996[2] as a spin-off channel to sister station BET. In 2002, it was renamed BET Jazz. On March 1, 2006, the network was re-branded as BET J and the focus shifted from a pure jazz channel to 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. To a lesser extent, BET J also focused on go-go, electronica, and alternative rock. Programs included My Two Cents with Keith Boykin, Bryonn Bain, Crystal McCarey Anthony and Staceyann Chin, The Best Shorts hosted by Abiola Abrams, Living the Life of Marley about Ky-Mani Marley, My Model is Better Than Your Model with Eva Pigford, and The Turn On hosted by Charlotte Burley.

On April 24, 2009, BET announced it would rebrand BET J as Centric, which would be programmed as a general-interest adult African-American network which would compete equally with TVOne and leave BET to exclusively target younger viewers.[3] The re-branding was completed on September 28, 2009.[4]






  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In — Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ BET J has become Centric, TBT: The Magazine, September 29, 2009
  3. ^ BET to Cater to Middle-Aged Blacks with Centric Cable Channel, Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2009
  4. ^ BET, MTVN Unveil Centric – Soft Launch For Network Aimed At African-American Adults, MultiChannel News, September 28, 2009, the same day Nickelodeon rebranded.