Comcast Cable is accepting proposals for two Black-owned independent networks that will launch in select markets by January 2019, a statement from the company said.
In its 2011 merger with NBCUniversal, Comcast committed to creating minority-owned and managed networks. With pressure from civil rights groups, four of the 20 independent networks that the media giant launched since the merger are minority-owned.
“We are looking forward to receiving another round of great proposals as we begin the process to launch two more African-American majority owned networks,” said Justin Smith, Senior Vice President of Content Acquisition for Comcast Cable.
In its selection process, Comcast said it would evaluate the candidates based on several criteria, including programming, financial stability, and experience of the leadership team. Comcast will accept proposals for every major genre, from general entertainment and movies to music and news.