Broadcast Journalist Gordon To Return To BET

Former Black Entertainment Television news personality Ed Gordon will return to the African-American-targeted network  to appear in a variety of news programs and specials.
Gordon will appear on air later this year at BET in a "news capacity," according to a BET spokesperson, although its unclear exactly what his role will be at the network.

During the late 1980s and 1990s, Gordon was BET's most visible news personality, hosting the network's long running evening news show BET Tonight as well as conducting interviews with numerous entertainment and political personalities such as Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson, Oprah Winfrey and Senator Trent Lott. Gordon left BET shortly after the network cancelled BET Tonight in 2002 due to poor ratings. Gordon also worked at MSNBC and CBS' 60 Minutes II.

"As BET celebrates its 30th anniversary, it brings me great joy to welcome back one of America's most prominent news personalities," said BET chairman and CEO Debra Lee in a statement. "Ed has always remained part of the BET family and I am sure viewers will share in our excitement to have him back."

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.