November 19, 2020

By Adam Jacobson / Radio + Television Business Report

Months following the launch of an audio-focused network serving the African American community, Indianapolis-based TV broadcaster DuJuan McCoy has launched a visual equivalent of sorts.

And, he’s teaming up with Cox Media Group.

Introducing the Multicultural News Network (MNN), designed to be “a non-partisan, national news network that will  bring an unbiased national forum for the voices of America’s underserved multicultural communities.”

MNN will launch in the second half of 2021. And, it doesn’t only have Black consumers in mind.

McCoy says MNN will produce live, daily news and other programming serving multicultural communities including, but not limited to: Blacks, Hispanics, LGBTQ communities, Asians, Native Americans, people of Middle Eastern descent, and others.

Much of MNN’s content will be produced and delivered by “its respective multicultural community to ensure their authentic voice is being heard on a regular and national basis.”

MNN will be based in Indianapolis, in a 69,000 square foot facility – also home to Circle City Broadcasting’s WISH-8 and “MyINDY-TV 23.”

Additional news bureaus will be located around the country.

Launch advertisers, sponsors, and distribution partners will be announced in the near future.

McCoy will serve as MNN’s Chairman/CEO.

Importantly, MNN has also begun to forge strategic relationships with Cox Media Group.

How so?

MNN plans to utilize stations, newsrooms, and news bureau resources in dozens of markets across the U.S., including Washington, DC.

“MNN has been in development for a few years, and I am very excited to make this announcement alongside many valued and supportive partners,” McCoy said. “We believe MNN will change the way Americans view news while providing a national platform for many underserved, diverse communities that are voiceless in America’s current national news media landscape. Numerous multicultural communities will now have a regular platform for their stories and perspectives to be heard.  Additionally, I believe MNN can become for the city of Indianapolis what CNN became for Atlanta.”

CMG’s Executive Chairman Steve Pruett added, “CMG strongly supports increasing diversity in media and providing authentic, unbiased platforms for underserved voices to be heard. We too, look forward to helping change and diversify the landscape of news in the US, which is the objective of MNN.”

Courtesy of Radio + Television Business Report

 

 

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