accepting proposals for two new African-American-owned independent
19, 2016) Comcast Cable has announced it is now accepting proposals for
two substantially African American owned, independent networks that it
will launch in select Comcast markets by January 2019.
According to a Comcast statement, the announcement is part of the company's commitment to launch
independently owned and operated networks as part of a series of public
interest commitments made by Comcast in connection with the NBCUniversal
transaction completed in 2011. Since the NBCUniversal transaction,
Comcast has successfully launched over 20 independent networks, doubling
the number of independent networks launches that it committed to as part
of the transaction.
Four of those networks were launched as a result of a public request
for channels that satisfied the criteria established in several
agreements between Comcast and leading diversity organizations: two
African American majority owned networks (ASPiRE and REVOLT) and two
Hispanic American operated networks (Baby First Americas and El Rey).
Additionally, two substantially Hispanic American owned networks, Kids
Central and Primo TV, will launch on Comcast Cable systems beginning in
"We are looking forward to receiving another round of great proposals as
we begin the process to launch two more African American majority owned
networks," said Justin Smith, Senior Vice President of Content
Acquisition for Comcast Cable.
Criteria for selecting the next two substantially African American owned
networks that Comcast will launch include: the content of the network;
whether the network is fully financed; whether the network's ownership
and/or management group(s) are well established, have relevant
experience, and are substantially owned by African Americans; whether
the network is already launched and has existing or potential
multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) distribution; price;
and whether the network and its potential carriage provide value to
Comcast and its customers. Comcast will accept proposals for every major
genre, including general entertainment, movies, music, kids, news, and
Applicants may visit
http://corporate.comcast.com/diverseprogramming to submit a proposal
and learn about the terms and conditions. Proposals are due by March 15,
2017, and the two networks will be selected in the coming months.
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