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Roland Martin’s ‘NewsOne Now’ set to end

By Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFRO

“Fam, the sad news is true. The staff of @tvonetv #NewsOneNow was informed this afternoon that after four years of doing groundbreaking and award-winning work, the show will cease production at the end of the year,” Martin posted on Twitter Dec. 6.

Budget problems have been cited as the reasons for unexpectedly ending the show. TV One expanded the show into a two-hour time slot in September.

“While we will continue our long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the Black community, we regret this decision adversely affects several of our valued colleagues whose positions will be eliminated with the suspension of the show,” TV One’s interim General Manager Michelle Rice wrote in a memo to staff. Exactly how many people will lose their jobs remains unclear.



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