Due to budget cuts forced by financial difficulties the network has experienced in recent months, TV One announced on Wednesday (December 6) that it will be canceling Roland Martin’s “NewsOne Now” morning show.
In a memo that has been put out by TV One’s interim General Manager, Michelle Rice, it is confirmed that staff was informed that December 21 would be the final live airing of the program. Many were caught off guard by the decision, seeing how the show’s block was expanded an additional hour only three months ago.
The move to scrap NewsOne Now in an effort to scale the company’s budget back comes after Martin put in four years at the helm of what is recognized as television’s only daily newscast to target a Black audience specifically. The 49-year-old veteran journalist would take to Twitter to personally deliver word about his fate, tweeting: “Fam, the sad news is true. The staff of @tvonetv #NewsnewOneNow was informed this afternoon that after four years of doing groundbreaking and award-winning work, the show will cease production at the end of the year.”
Martin has been with TV One since he was released from his position at CNN following a 2012 controversy over homophobic tweets. In the memo that has been circulated, the network regrettably confirms that many will be laid off, but states that it will continue to honor its “long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms.”