For Immediate Release
Relaunched BNC Strengthens Dayside Programming with Two New D.C. Insider Shows
Premiering March 15th, “The World Tonight with Kelly Wright and Nayyera Haq” Airs Weekdays 5-7 P.M. ET and “D.C. Today” Hosted by Del Walters Airs Weekdays 10-11 A.M. ET
WHAT: Following its recent March 1 relaunch, BNC, the nation’s first and only 24/7 news network dedicated to covering the unique perspectives of Black and Brown communities, will premiere “The World Tonight with Kelly Wright and Nayyera Haq” and “D.C. Today” on Monday, March 15.
About “The World Tonight with Kelly Wright and Nayyera Haq”
Connect with the world through award-winning team Kelly Wright and Nayyera Haq, your trusted source for news from around the country and globe. Featuring exclusive interviews and in-depth analysis, nightly live broadcasts from D.C. cover breaking news and pressing matters that affect your world. “The World Tonight with Kelly Wright and Nayyera Haq” brings an unmatched perspective to the stories that impact our daily lives, domestically and abroad.
About “D.C. Today”
Accomplished journalist Del Walters keeps you in-the-know of all that’s happening in the Situation Room, the Senate floor, the White House, and how it all affects your house. “D.C. Today” examines and illuminates the most critical news coming out of the nation’s capital through engaging interviews, in-depth analysis and viewpoints that contextualize and provide greater perspective.
Contributing to both programs are BNC’s Washington, D.C.-based correspondents Rarione Maniece and Bofta Yimam.
WHEN: Premieres Monday, March 15
Airs weekdays, 10-11 A.M. ET – D.C. Today
Airs weekdays, 5-7 P.M. ET – The World Tonight with Kelly Wright & Nayyera Haq
WHY: Insider knowledge and strong relationships place BNC’s D.C. experts at the forefront of the world’s biggest stories with a thoughtful, contextualized and fact-based approach. With experience combined with a passion for truthful reporting, BNC’s D.C. hosts consistently deliver breaking news, such as the February 26 United States airstrike in Syria, which BNC was the first to break among all cable news networks by over an hour.
BNC’s focus on truth and perspective highlights a major need and opportunity: according to a September 2020 Gallup poll, trust in mass media is at an all-time low, with six in 10 Americans indicating very little or no trust at all in mainstream media.
Additionally, analysis from 2012-2016 American Community survey data found that more than three-quarters (77%) of newsroom employees – those who work as reporters, editors, photographers and videographers in the newspaper, broadcasting and internet publishing industries – are non-Hispanic whites.
WHO: “The World Tonight with Kelly Wright & Nayyera Haq”
● Kelly Wright – BNC Host Kelly Wright began his journalism career in 1977 while serving in the United States Army and went on to receive numerous awards for his reporting, including two Emmys for his documentary and news series on the transatlantic slave trade. He was among the first to cover the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and court martial cases. He also embedded with U.S. and British troops, reporting on the military’s humanitarian efforts in Baghdad, Basrah and Mosul.
● Nayyera Haq – BNC Host and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Nayyera Haq is an accomplished D.C. insider who previously served as a Senior Director in the Obama White House and Senior Advisor at the State Department. Nayyera’s sharp insights have made her a regular guest on shows hosted by HBO’s Bill Maher, NBC’s Brian Williams, CNN’s Jake Tapper and MSNBC’s Joy Reid. Nayyera is the rare politico with a nuanced understanding of both domestic and international current affairs, having led communications campaigns in nearly all 50 states and 30 countries. In addition to her role at BNC, Nayyera hosts The Global Experience on SiriusXM.
● Del Walters – BNC Host Del Waters is a 22-time Emmy Award winning news anchor and investigative reporter. With a career spanning more than four decades, Del spent 22 years as main anchor at ABC in Washington, D.C. and three years as the anchor of the Al Jazeera America Morning News in New York. In the 1990s, he was also awarded the keys to Washington D.C. and cited for heroism by the D.C. City Council for talking
a gunman out of a building where two had been shot and a third hostage was being held.
Washington, D.C.-based BNC Correspondents
● Rarione Maniece – BNC White House Correspondent Rarione Maniece is a native of New Orleans and a former anchor and producer for CBS19 News in Charlottesville, Virginia. She obtained a Master of Science in multimedia journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University.
● Bofta Yimam – BNC Washington, D.C. Correspondent Bofta Yimam is an Emmy and Murrow Award-winning journalist. A Washington, D.C. native and a first-generation Ethiopian American, Bofta previously worked with CBS News and CBS Newspath.
WHERE: Both programs can be seen on BNC, which is available on Xfinity, DIRECTV (Ch.342), Spectrum, Dish (Ch.360) and more. It can also be found through Roku (Ch.173), Fire TV, Pluto, Tubi, Samsung, Vizio and other platforms.
BNC is the nation’s first and only provider of 24/7 multiplatform programming dedicated to covering the unique perspectives, challenges and successes of Black and Brown communities. Available in more than 50 million U.S. homes via linear systems and on more than 180 million connected devices, BNC fosters political, economic, and social discourse through impactful programming that features in-depth analysis and viewpoints, contextualizing these issues in history and illuminating their impact on the Black and Brown experience. BNC’s commitment to truth and inclusivity is evident in its authentic, unbiased and unapologetic mission to inform, entertain and empower viewers. For more information, connect with BNC at bnc.tv and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.