BET has reached a multi-platform deal with award-winning journalist and TV personality T.J. Holmes.
The former CNN anchor and personality will host a new show on BET as well as develop content for BET.com, said BET officials. Holmes was formerly a news anchor for various CNN programs and has anchored numerous major breaking news stories and human interest pieces ranging from the devastating tornadoes across the Midwest and Southeast to the Gulf oil spill in 2010 to Saddam Hussein's execution in 2006.
Prior to CNN, Holmes worked for NBC11 in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"We are simply ecstatic to have T.J. Holmes coming to our fold. He's been an outstanding news anchor and we look forward to working with him in a variety of new ways on BET. It's now upon us to develop vehicles that capture his intelligence, curiosity about the world, warmth, humor and compassion. It's a challenge that we are happy to have," said Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials at BET Networks in a statement. "We look forward to weaving T.J.'s mixture of credibility and charisma into our fabric."
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