The nation’s first 24/7 news channel focused on African American communities and issues is now available to cable, satellite and streaming customers in North Carolina.

The Black News Channel (BNC) is an independent, minority owned and operated network, headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, and co-founded by Chairman J.C. Watts Jr., a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma, and CEO Bob Brillante.

The network has news studios in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., and will have smaller bureaus located in the Top 20 African American TV markets across the country. Those bureaus were not listed on the BNC website, but the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville and Charlotte markets are considered Top 20 markets by Nielsen for African American viewers.

(more at observernews.com)