FAMU, BTNC to Hold Signing Ceremony to Commence Historic Cable News Network Partnership

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  • Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D.
  • City of Tallahassee Mayor John Marks
  • School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) Dean Ann W. Kimbrough, DBA
  • Former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts, Black Television News Channel (BTNC), co-founder
  • Florida’s News Channel founder and cable industry veteran Robert Brillante, BTNC co-founder
  • Local, state and federal elected officials
  • FAMU administrators, faculty and students

WHAT: Official signing ceremony for agreement between FAMU and BTNC that will position FAMU SJGC to be the home of a 24-hour, multi-platform news network.

WHEN: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: FAMU SJGC Dean’s Conference Room, located at 510 Orr Dive, Suite 4003

OVERVIEW: The signing ceremony will officially launch an 11-year partnership between FAMU SJGC and BTNC, which will include a $10 million renovation to house a state-of-the-art, multi-platform, 24-hour broadcast facility in the SJGC building.

The partnership will provide hands-on learning opportunities for students, faculty access to the latest broadcast news technology, internships and job placement opportunities. In addition, the news network is poised to create $33.6 million in economic stimulus annually and will initially create at least 117 new jobs and 226 jobs in total, a combined employee compensation and proprietary income of nearly $10.5 million. The partnership will also provide up to $8.5 million to the university over the course of the agreement.

A reception and building tours by SJGC students will follow the signing ceremony.


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