The School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at historically Black Florida A&M University in Tallahassee has entered into a 11-year partnership to be the home of the Black Television News Channel. The new television operation is being established by former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts and Robert Brillante, founder of the Florida News Channel.
Florida A&M University estimates that the new venture will create 117 new jobs and generate more than $33 million in economic stimulus for the area. Some $10 million in upgrades for the facilities at the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication are planned to enable it to host the new television operation. Under the contract, Florida A&M will receive $500,000 in each of the first three years of operation and $1 million for the next seven years. Student at the university will have the opportunity to intern at the television network.
A video about the new venture can be seen below.