The owner of WISH-TV in Indianapolis is partnering with Georgia-based Cox Media Group to launch the Multicultural News Network. Founded by DuJuan McCoy, the network was created to “bring an unbiased national forum for the voices of America’s underserved multicultural communities.”
McCoy is the owner and chief executive officer of Circle City Broadcasting, the parent of WISH-TV. He says MNN will produce live, daily news and other programming to serve a variety of multicultural communities.
“MNN has been in development for a few years, and I am very excited to make this announcement alongside many valued and supportive partners,” McCoy said in a news release. “We believe MNN will change the way Americans view news while providing a national platform for many underserved, diverse communities that are voiceless in America’s current national news media landscape. Numerous multicultural communities will now have a regular platform for their stories and perspectives to be heard.”
MNN will be based out of Circle City Broadcasting’s Indianapolis facility, which also houses WISH-TV and MyINDY-TV 23. The network also plans to have additional news bureaus in dozens of U.S. markets, including Washington D.C.
“CMG strongly supports increasing diversity in media and providing authentic, unbiased platforms for underserved voices to be heard,” said CMG Executive Chairman Steve Pruett. “We too, look forward to helping change and diversify the landscape of news in the US, which is the objective of MNN.”
The network is expected to launch in the second half of 2021.