TV One has cancelled Roland Martin’s news show “News One Now” due to budget cuts. The news comes amid rumors that TV One is experiencing financial difficulties as advertisers shift more ad dollars into digital online content.
Martin is pictured above with his wife of 16 years, Jacquie Hood.
“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 tweeted on Tuesday.
Martin thanked his audience for their support and promised to continue being the voice of the black community on his podcast talk show and other upcoming TV projects.
Martin sparked controversy when leaked emails suggested he and political strategist Donna Brazile passed questions to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of a CNN town hall with Clinton in 2016. Brazile was fired by CNN, but Martin escaped the controversy unscathed.
In one of the leaked town hall questions Clinton was asked if she supported charter schools and vouchers for black parents who couldn’t afford to send their children to expensive private schools.
Among President Barack Obama’s first acts when he took office in 2009 was to eliminate the school voucher program that benefitted black children.
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