BET has cancelled its long-running daily music show 106 & Park and will offer the series online, network executives said.
The show, hosted by Keshia Chante and Bow Wow (pictured) that showcased top hip hop and R&B music videos, will officially leave the air Dec. 19 after a 14-year run on the African-American targeted channel, said Stephen Hill, president of music programming and specials in a post on BET.com. The network will air 106 & Park specials, including a New Year’s Eve telecast on Dec. 31.
“Now it’s time for 106 & Park, as a daily TV entity, to take a bow and exit,” Hill said. “It’s been a great 14-year run as America’s top music/variety show on cable. And now that very valuable brand is going to take its talents to the digital realm. It’ll be very exciting to connect with the millions of people that are already engaged with 106 & Park and other BET digital and social media entities and bring content that will further evolve the 106 & Park brand — and enhance the overall BET Networks brand.”
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