May 6, 1990 |
Black Entertainment Television is one of the brightest black media stories since the birth of Motown Records in 1959. The nation's first and only black-oriented television network is the brainchild of Robert L. Johnson, who, against the odds posted by industry analysts, has transformed a minor, late-night, Washington cable service into a $150-million, 24-hour national cable network.
March 4, 1999 |
With an eye to taking the nation's only black-owned cable network to a distinctive new level, Black Entertainment Television founder and Chairman Robert L. Johnson recently detailed the network's plans to launch a major original programming initiative. The first phase begins this month with production on 10 original movies marking the introduction of BET's Arabesque movies.
July 11, 1998 |
Robert Johnson, owner and founder of the Black Entertainment Television cable network, said Friday that he expects to launch the nation's first African American-owned movie studio by the end of the year. Johnson, whose BET Holdings is one of the most successful black-owned enterprises in the country, plans to produce black-themed movies for release in theaters as well as made-for-TV films for his cable network.
December 19, 2002 |
Business know-how, a passion for basketball and a commitment to Charlotte. Robert Johnson had exactly what the NBA wanted, and now the billionaire is on his way to becoming the first black majority owner in major pro sports. The league officially announced Wednesday that Johnson was its choice to buy the NBA's newest expansion team, selecting him over a group that included Larry Bird. "You can't be competitive anywhere in this world if you ignore good, quality talent," Johnson said.
February 21, 2003 |
Robert L. Johnson is hobbling these days, recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in a Bahamas boating accident over the Christmas holidays. Many who know him are amused that the man who has ruled his business empire with a kind of raw competitive zeal is showing such unaccustomed weakness.
July 24, 2001 |
Despite its financial success and popularity with top black talent, Black Entertainment Television has long come under fire from those inside and outside the black creative community who feel the channel should have been more aggressive in providing meaningful and insightful entertainment by and for blacks.