T.J. Holmes leaves CNN anchor post for multi-media deal with BET
7, 2011) BET Networks announced today a multi-platform talent agreement
with award-winning journalist and television personality, T.J. Holmes.
The deal with Holmes includes a new show on BET as well as content on
BET.com in which he can bring his many talents to some of the most
important and interesting stories to BET's audience.
"We are of course ecstatic to have T.J. Holmes coming to our fold. He's
been an outstanding news anchor and we look forward to making him shine.
He's been an outstanding news anchor and we look forward to working with
him in a variety of new ways on BET," said Stephen G. Hill, President of
Music Programming and Specials at BET Networks. "We look forward to
weaving T.J.'s mixture of credibility and charisma into our fabric."
An award-winning journalist and respected television personality within
the African American community, T.J. Holmes was formerly a news anchor
for various CNN programs and has anchored numerous major breaking news
stories and human interest pieces ranging from the devastating tornadoes
across the Midwest and Southeast to the Gulf oil spill in 2010 to Saddam
Hussein's execution in 2006.
Holmes came to CNN from NBC11 in the San Francisco Bay Area. While with
NBC, he covered the 2004 Olympics, the first Summer Games held since the
September 11thterrorist attacks. Before that, Holmes served as a weekend
anchor and reporter for KTHV-TV in Little Rock, Ark.He began his career
at KSNF-TV in Joplin, Mo. Holmes contributed to CNN's 2010 coverage of
the Gulf Oil Spill that garnered a Peabody Award. In 2007, he was
honored with the Young Alumni Award by the University of Arkansas.
Holmes graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's
degree in broadcast journalism. He is a board member of the Emory
University Board of Visitors, a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
and serves on the Chancellor's Board of Advisors at the University of
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