There are few options for targeted coverage for people of color
The Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland tonight, and ratings could be high given heightened racial tensions in the country and recent deadly interactions between African-Americans and the police.
Will Donald Trump and other GOP presenters speak about the Black Lives Matter movement as well as violence by — and against — police officers? The possibilities could make for riveting television.
Unfortunately for people of color, there may be little convention coverage targeted especially for them. One exception is Roland Martin’s News One Now program which is broadcast weekday mornings on cable channel TV One.
TV One announced that Martin will appear live each day of the convention at 7 a.m. ET. Martin has been one of the leading reporters on the Black Lives Matter movement.
BET, the most popular cable television network targeting African-Americans, has not announced plans to cover the convention, according to a check of parent company Viacom’s website.
Moving Martin’s show to the convention is a significant investment for TV One’s parent company, Radio One.
“There couldn’t be a more critical time in our country for black media to engage in the political process,” said Radio One spokesperson Yashima White AziLove. “More now than ever the outcry of black people continues to reverberate throughout this country for equality, justice and reform. Our entire platform will be represented at each convention to ensure our community is informed of each presidential nominee’s plan to address the issues plaguing America, especially those that impact daily black life.”
Mainstream news outlets such as CNN will offer extensive coverage of the convention, as usual. CNN, Fox News and C-SPAN are offering 24/7 coverage.