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Black Entertainment Television (BET) is a cable television network geared towards African Americans.

BET was founded by Robert L. Johnson in January of 1980. Johnson is also the chairman and chief executive officer of BET. Today, BET is owned by Viacom, and operated by its subsidiary, MTV Networks.

By some in the U.S., the existence of BET is questioned as being discriminatory. Others point out that the network plays rap most of the time, and doesn't focus on the public affairs of the black community. This is a problem that has been made worse by Viacom's cutbacks of BET's public affairs department, although under Viacom, BET launched a daily newscast. On Sundays, BET carries gospel music and other religious programming for the greater part of the day, and is home to many shows, including Let's Talk Church, hosted by Bobby Jones, a well known and liked Gospel singer within the black community.

BET has three other music-oriented networks in its stable, BET Hip-Hop, BET Gospel, and the most widely known BET Jazz (formerly Bet on Jazz).

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September 9, 2005 (Posted by Leah Yoakum)
> Harvey, Latifah Host BET Katrina Telethon

LOS ANGELES ( Comedian Steve Harvey and singer/actress Queen Latifah will host BET's telethon for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and a deep lineup of celebrities will be on hand as well.

BET's "S.O.S. (Saving Ourselves)" telethon will begi... Read More

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