Monday, December 8, 2014

President Barack Obama Talks to BET News Monday, December 8th, 2014

Exclusive: President Barack Obama Sits Down with BET Networks for an Interview at the White House to Discuss Recent Unrest in America

President Barack Obama’s Interview with BET Networks to Air on "106 & PARK"; Interview Covers Modern Civil Rights, Police Relations and Justice For All in America

BET News Special Interview To Air Immediately Following "106 & PARK"

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In an exclusive interview with BET Networks, President Barack Obama addressed community concerns and calls for justice and equality after recent grand jury decisions. BET’s “106 & PARK” will air a portion of the interview on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 5 p.m. ET/PT. The full in-depth interview will air immediately following at 6 p.m. ET/PT in “BET News Presents: A Conversation with President Barack Obama.”

This marks President Obama's first network interview during which he shares his thoughts on events that have sparked major protests nationwide. The special segment on “106 & PARK” is dedicated to bringing an empowering message to finding meaningful solutions and learning from the incidents that occurred in Ferguson, MO and across the nation.

President Obama discussed his strategy not only to investigate the various incidents, but ways in which he believes that country can come together during this time. BET News’ Jeff Johnson conducted the interview. The full interview will be available on following “BET News Presents: A Conversation with President Barack Obama,” which airs on December 8, 2014 at 6 p.m. ET/PT.

A preview of the “106 & PARK” interview is available here: .

All reporting must credit “BET Networks.”

About “106 & PARK”

A powerful presence in the music and entertainment industry, “106 & PARK” has been the #1 music variety show on cable for the past 25 consecutive quarters among adults 18-49, according to the Nielsen Company, and has been integral in launching the careers of numerous artists. “106 & PARK” has become THE destination for today's brightest stars including Denzel Washington, Madonna, BeyoncĂ©, Jay Z, Diddy, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Queen Latifah, Will Ferrell, Lady Gaga, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Lebron James, 50 Cent, Will Smith, Drake and many, many others. “106 & PARK” will host its final daily on-air show December 19, 2014 concluding its impressive 14-year run. The “106 & PARK” brand remains strong and will continue to produce various specials throughout the year including its annual New Year’s Eve show, “106 & PARTY,” along with live event experiences at the “BET Awards” and BET Experience.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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