The Rev. Jesse Jackson hopes to host a weekly TV talk show to be syndicated nationally by Warner Bros. starting next fall, the two-time presidential candidate and Warners executives told a New York news conference Thursday.
"There are critical issues with which we must wrestle and engage in dialogue," said Jackson, whose proposed show will be called "Voices of America with Jesse Jackson." Former CBS News President Van Gordon Sauter and musician-composer Quincy Jones will be executive producers.
Jackson said that he will invite world leaders and non-political figures to debate a variety of important topics. The show will not be a forum for his own ideas, he said, but rather an attempt to "expand the narrowly focused lens of the camera." It may also include taped segments that will present news stories "not being told elsewhere."
A pilot will be taped within the next five weeks. No stations or advertisers have been lined up yet, but marketing will begin immediately. Jackson will be on hand to greet station executives and other potential buyers this January in New Orleans during the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) convention, the TV syndication industry's annual trade show.