It really shouldn’t be shocking to anyone who watches TV to know that there’s a lack of diversity in TV (specifically in front of the camera) in general. The same lack of representation problems that plague the big screen, also plague the small screen, in this specific case, cable news shows.
I’d say that, in the last year, MSNBC has probably been the one key cable news channel with the strongest representation of blacks – especially black hosts with their very own shows, not just as news anchors or reporters.
As we know, pundit Roland Martin was recently ousted at CNN, under new chief Jeff Zucker’s reign. Martin never did get his own CNN show, even though, as he states, he came to the network with every intention of eventually being given his own show, after, of course, proving that he deserved to have his own show, which he seems to suggest that he did, adding that he hosted a number of “highly-rated specials for CNN,” and thus didn’t understand why the network’s decision makers never “rewarded” him with his very own show.
And Martin’s thoughts on why this never happened, speaking on HuffPostLive over the weekend:
“You have largely white male executives who are not necessarily enamored with the idea of having strong, confident minorities who say, ‘I can do this’… We deliver, but we never get the big piece, the larger salary, to be able to get from here to there… If it’s a ratings game, and we won, how is it I never got a show?”
That was just part of a much longer conversation that also included Rachel Sklar, Co-founder of Change The Ratio, Roy Sekoff,President of HuffPost Live, Giselle Fernandez, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist and Richard Prince, Columnist at ‘Journal-isms,’ Maynard Institute.