Former CNN commentator Roland Martin will host TV One‘s first morning news program, “News One Now.”
The one-hour live weekday telecast is set to launch in September and will focus on African-American news, current affairs and will feature experts, newsmakers and celebrities. The show will be culled from the third hour of a three-hour radio show to be syndicated on Radio One network stations.
“News One Now” will be based in Washington, DC and will also stream on 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.
Martin previously hosted TV One’s “Washington Watch With Roland Martin,” which ended its four-year run in May.
“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.”
The Texas-bred journalist was a popular commentator for CNN since 2007, but left the network in April as part of new president Jeff Zucker’s channel overhaul. Martin was named the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year.