At a date to be determined in September, TV One will morph its “Washington Watch” program into an hour-long, daily morning show “News One Now,” hosted by Roland Martin. The well-known commentator told TCA his show will focus on issues of importance to the black community, a perspective absent on broadcast and cable, he said. In addition, Martin vowed to eschew “who won/who lost” discussions in favor of diving deep into issues and offering solutions to the African-American audience. “I want to move the ball forward,” Martin said. While other shows go after big-name guests, News One Now will make “the issue the centerpiece.” The show will be culled from the final hour of a three-hour radio show of Martin’s Radio One program. Radio One talent Tom Joyner, Ricky Smiley, Russ Parr and others will contribute to the show. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, TV One announced it will stick with its format of celebrating real women, presenting comedy, news and true stories. In addition it will expand its “R&B Divas” franchise with a special Christmas concert in Washington, D.C., with music performed by the cast of the series, “R&B Divas Atlanta” and “R&B Divas LA.” TV One enjoyed record ratings through June 1, said TV One Pres/CEO Alfred Liggins.

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