TV one is reportedly canceling Roland Martin’s morning show “NewsOne Now” due to budget cuts.
A source told the New York Post that a meeting was called on Wednesday (Dec. 6) and the staff was informed they were canceling because of “significant financial problems.”
“After four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to our viewers as the only black daily newscast on television, the network has made the difficult decision to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The last live show is scheduled [Dec. 21],” TV One’s interim GM, Michelle Rice wrote in a memo.
“While we will continue our long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the black community, we regret this decision adversely affects several of our valued colleagues whose positions will be eliminated with the suspension of the show.”
According to the Post, the news of the cancellation caught Martin and the entire staff “completely off guard.”
“There were lots of tears,” the source said.
(Source: NY Post)