Black Entertainment Television

American basic cable channel
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Black Entertainment Television (BET) is an American cable television network. It is based in New York City. The network is targeted toward African-American audiences in the United States. Most of it used to show hip hop and R&B music videos. Now it shows religious shows, movies, award shows and original television series for African-Americans.

Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Where black culture lives
TypeCable network
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaUnited States and parts of Canada
HeadquartersNew York City, New York[1]
Picture format440px-BET_Logo.svg.png
OwnerParamount Global
Key peopleRobert L. Johnson - Founder and former Chairman
Debra Lee CEO/Chairman of BET
Reginald Hudlin Programming President
Sister channels
LaunchedJanuary 25, 1980
FounderRobert L. Johnson
Sheila Johnson

History change

BET was founded by Robert L. Johnson on January 25, 1980. The network started out as a two-hour Friday night show on the USA Network each week. It was on from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. (EST). They mostly showed older movies and music videos. In May of that year, BET started showing Black collegiate sporting events. In November 1980, BET added two half-hour shows, Black Showcase and The Bobby Jones Gospel Show. On June 26, 1983, BET started showing Video Soul, a music video series. On October 1 of the same year, BET started broadcasting 24 hours daily with help from Home Box Office. In the later years, BET has moved from having a variety of Black entertainment to mostly showing music videos around the clock.

Television change

References change

  1. Hipes, Patrick (May 10, 2017). "BET Networks Shutting Down DC Headquarters, Moving To NYC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 25, 2021.

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