TV One has announced that Roland S. Martin will host the new morning show "News One Now," which will debut in September on the network targeting adult African-American viewers.
Martin, a former CNN contributor, recently hosted "Washington Watch With Roland Martin," which ended its four-year run in May.
Martin, the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year, will also be the managing editor of "News One Now." The show will be culled from the third hour of a three-hour radio program to be syndicated on Radio One network stations.
The program will feature a “Skype Net” component in which Radio One hosts will weigh in on the news. It will also be available online at NewsOne.com.
“We are delighted to announce the launch of 'News One Now,' which continues Radio One and TV One’s pledge to serving our audience with compelling, quality coverage of current news events, issues and trends affecting the Black community,” said Alfred Liggins, chairman of TV One and CEO and president of Radio One.
“African Americans are some of the most highly engaged cable news consumers, and it’s vital that we meet that thirst with a daily morning show that speaks to our issues, our concerns, from our perspective,” said Martin. “'News One Now' will launch as the pre-eminent destination for the pulse of Black America.”
Craig Henry ("Washington Watch," "Parole Diaries") will be the executive in charge of "News One Now."