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American pay television channel that is owned by the BET Networks division of Viacom. Programming on the network consists of original and acquired television series and theatrically and direct-to-video-released films. After stepping down as a lobbyist for the cable industry, Freeport, Illinois native Robert L. Johnson decided to launch his own cable television network. BET launched a news program, BET News, in 1988, with Ed Gordon as its anchor. Gordon later hosted other programs and specials on BET, such as Black Men Speak Out: The Aftermath, related to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and a recurring interview show, Conversations with Ed Gordon. In 1991, the network became the first black-controlled TV company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
By 2007, the network had launched two more music-oriented networks, BET Hip-Hop and BET Gospel. In March 2017, president of programming Stephen Hill and executive vice president of original programming Zola Mashariki both stepped down. Connie Orlando, senior vice president of Specials, Music Programming, and News was named the interim president of programming. May 2019 following the expiration of his existing pact with Oprah Winfrey Network, with new series primarily being developed for BET. BET also airs a program block called BET Inspiration which features Christian programming. The BET Walk of Fame Awards were established in 1995 by BET. BET Foundation, which executes the Healthy BET obesity awareness campaign and other pro-social causes like the annual charitable black-tie BET Walk of Fame ceremony. The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports and other fields of entertainment over the past year.
The awards are presented annually and broadcast live on BET. Sculptor and Hip-Hop culture icon Carlos “Mare139” Rodriguez to design the Award sculpture. Global promotion is provided by Kroszover Entertainment. The BET Honors were established in 2008 by the network to honor the lives and achievements of African-American luminaries. The awards are presented annually and broadcast on BET during Black History Month each February. In May 2007 by Ofcom, BET International Inc. BET International is the first international version of the channel and is available in Europe, Africa and the Middle East through satellite providers. BET is additionally an associate member of the Caribbean Cable Cooperative.
BET launched an app called BET PLay allowing international access to BET content in over 100 countries in June 2016. BET became available in Canada in October 1997 on most pay television providers. The Canadian feed mirrors the American feed, though certain television programs and films are blacked out. As of May 2018, the feed now airs current music videos and other acquired sitcoms and films in place of blacked-out programs. In 2006, BET Interactive, LLC became a subsidiary of BET. BET also has a digital group including BET. BET on Blast, BET on Demand and BET mobile. In 2018, BET Films became a subsidiary of BET. The first film from Paramount Players.