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HBCU alum and former BET executive Curtis Symonds will meet with the CBC later this month to propose his plans of creating the first television network dedicated solely to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

A soft-launch of the network and a grassroots HBCU promotion tour are planned for the fall, BET.com reports:

Although his vision is lofty, Symonds is no novice. While at BET, he spearheaded the campaign that helped increase BET’s home subscriber base from 18 million to 65 million homes. Now, with Congressional Black Congress members in tow, Symonds is trying to make his dream network a reality. A soft-launch of the network and a grassroots HBCU promotion tour are planned for the fall, but the greatest challenge for the network still lies ahead as Symonds tries to wrangle cable giant Comcast to sign on as a carrier.

Read more at BET.com

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