Tuesday, September 15, 2009
NAACP Criticizes Channel 6 for Lack of Diversity
During a leadership breakfast sponsored by the Beaumont NAACP Tuesday, Member Paul Jones chided KFDM Channel 6 for its lack of diversity. Jones gave a report to the group of more than 70 members about Blacks on TV. He said Channel 6 lags a distant third behind Channel 12 and Channel 4 for its hiring of Black on-air talent. He urged the group to think twice about its TV viewing in light of KFDM's hiring practices. KBTV Channel 4 has two Black anchors and several Black reporters. KBMT Channel 12 with the recent addition of Jackie Simien has three Black anchors, but no Black reporters. Channel 6 has one Black weekend anchor/reporter (no one in primetime) and no fulltime Black reporters.
Jones also pointed out that none of the stations have Black managers in place. However, Channel 12 does have a Black Chief photographer.
The Beaumont NAACP is led by former JP Paul Brown. During the meeting, a panel led by Councilman Jamie Smith talked about voting issues, the BISD Bond program, and the Beaumont Police Department. Those attending included Dr. Carrol Thomas, Carolyn Guidry, Jamie Smith, Woodrow Reece, Terry Williams, James Payne, Langston Adams, Jessie Haynes, Larry Johnson, Lee Smith, Georgine Guillory, Joe Stevens, Tudy Duriso, Calvin Williams, Duce Jones, Vernon Durden, and Alberta Jones.