BET Sets Online News Series

With the mid-term elections fast approaching, BET has launched a weekly web news series that focuses on the issues facing African-American millennials, said network officials.

The series, What’s At Stake, debuts today (Oct. 23) on, as well as the network’s video on demand service and its app BET Now, and will delve into topics that affect the network’s young viewers directly, said network officials.

Hosted by BET News correspondent Marc Lamont Hill, the multiplatform series will gain additional exposure on BET’s 106 & Park where each week Hill will discuss the show’s top stories. Today’s episode will discuss the financial aid issue, according to BET.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.