First Network Dedicated To HBCUs Set To Launch in 2011

Some folks might be content with 60 versions of the same channel but there are several others who crave change, and they are in luck. The first ever HBCU Network will launch on cable in 2011.

“The idea and vision behind the creation of the HBCU Network is to preserve and celebrate the African American colleges and universities, while also providing opportunities for their growth and further prosperity,” said CEO Curtis Symonds in a press release. “At the same time, we are passionate and excited about building a strong media brand and network from the ground up.”

The HBCU Network is described as a 24/7, 365 days a year sports, edutainment and lifestyle network dedicated to the 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the United States. It’s a privately funded network that in partnership with ESPN will be distributed to nearly 10 million households.

According to the Atlanta based holding company, C3 Media, LLC, which announced the new venture, the network is designed to fill a void in the cable industry. The channel will be the official destination of the four major HBCU Conferences (MEAC, SWAC, SIAC, CIAA) featuring Division I & Division II Black College Sporting events, as well as a variety of other education, entertainment and lifestyle programming.

“We are excited at the opportunity to bring an unexplored side of the African American experience to television,” said Ms. Walker, EVP, HBCU Net Programming. “Our goal is to engage our audience with quality programming that promotes the rich history and legacy of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities while giving voice to a young and diverse urban population. HBCU Net is well-positioned to educate, motivate and inspire with a clear focus on African American heritage and legacy.”

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