ABC-owned television stations have launched a new race and culture content team.

Photo Credit: Variety, ABC

Photo Credit: Variety, ABC

What’s Happening:

  • Variety has reported that ABC-owned stations have created a new race and culture content team that will overlook the expansion of underrepresented community coverage.
  • The initiative launched with the docuseries Our America: Living While Black and will continue with multiple specials in production.
  • The team is under Maxine Crooks, vice president of talent development, and Jennifer Mitchell, senior VP of content development.
  • They have recruited journalists from different ABC stations along with executive producers Nzinga Blake, Mariel Myers, and Porsha Grant, to make sure the new programming reflects diversity.
  • Crooks told Variety that the police brutality and white supremacy issues facing the country showed ABC that a team like this was necessary.
  • Porsha Grant says that aside from the specials, the team is also involved at the local level to make sure everyone changes the way they think about news in terms of representation and giving a voice to underrepresented communities.
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