TV One (U.S. TV network)

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TV One
TVOne 2016.png
Launched January 19, 2004[1]
Owned by Radio One[2][3]
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan Represent.
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Silver Spring, Maryland
Website www.tvone.tv
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 328 (SD)
Cable
Verizon FiOS 771 (HD)
271 (SD)
Time Warner Cable 184
IPTV
AT&T U-verse 1157 (HD)
157 (SD)

TV One is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by Radio One, having acquired Comcast's stake in the TV network in 2015.[2][3] Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, TV One's programming targets African American adults with a broad mix of original lifestyle and entertainment-oriented series, documentaries, movies, concert performances and reruns of sitcoms from the 1970s through the 2000s.

As of February 2015, TV One is available to approximately 57 million pay television households (48.9% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.[4]

History[edit]

Original logo used from launch to August 2012.
Logo used from August 2012 to February 2016.

TV One launched on January 19, 2004, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as a competitor to the longer-established Black Entertainment Television.[5] At the time of its launch, the channel was in approximately 2.2 million homes in 16 markets.[5] On July 7, 2008, the network's president and CEO Johnathan Rodgers announced that TV One would provide extensive coverage of the Democratic National Convention that August.[6] In 2011, TV One's original co-owner Comcast acquired NBCUniversal, effectively integrating TV One and the other Comcast Entertainment Group channels into NBCUniversal's portfolio.[7]

In August 2012, TV One updated its on-air look and logo, as part of a plan to "tell stories about how African-American life unfolds and to distinguish it from a growing number of competitors."[8] On July 9, 2013, TV One announced that it would debut its first live one-hour, weekday morning news program that would be hosted by journalist Roland S. Martin.[9] The program, News One Now, premiered on November 4, 2013.[10]

In December 2014, Brad Siegel was hired as president of TV One. Siegel was formerly president of Turner Entertainment Networks, and vice chairman of Up TV, which he co-founded in 2004.[11][12] In March 2015, Radio One announced a deal to buy out Comcast's 47.9% share of TV One for $550 million.[13]

In mid to late 2015, Radio One purchased, from Comcast, the ownership interest it didn't already own in the network, placing TV One as the only minority-owned TV network in the country.[2][3]

In February 2016, TV One updated their logo again, along with a new slogan, "Represent."


Programming[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Prince, Richard (January 19, 2004). "TV One Launches, With Adding Markets a Challenge". The Robert C. Maynard Institute. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Radio One's Buyout Of Comcast…". www.urbaninsite.com. Urban Insite. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Seyler, Dave. "Radio One Closes on TV One Cable Channel". rbr.com. Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Felicia R. Lee, "A Network for Blacks With Sense of Mission," New York Times, December 11, 2007.
  6. ^ Balta, Victor (July 9, 2008). "Network Commits to Obama-only Coverage". comcast.net. Retrieved July 20, 2008. 
  7. ^ Wayne Barrett, “Al Sharpton’s Radio Power Play,” The Daily Beast, July 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "TV One Rebrands Around Storytelling". The Hollywood Reporter. June 20, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 9, 2013). "Roland S. Martin to Host 'News One Now', TV One's First Daily News Program". TV by the Numbers. 
  10. ^ "TV One Sets Premiere of "News One Now" with Host and Managing Editor Roland S. Martin, Monday, November 4, 9AM/ET". The Futon Critic (Press release). October 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Brad Siegel Named TV One President," Deadline.com, December 17, 2014.
  12. ^ Cynthia Littleton, "TV One Taps Cable Vet Brad Siegel as President," Variety, December 17, 2014.
  13. ^ "Radio One Gears Up for TV One Deal," Inside Radio, March 20, 2015.

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