Award-winning journalist and CNN personality T.J. Holmes recently inked a new
deal with BET, the network announced Dec. 7. Through the agreement, Holmes will have a new show and will be able to exercise control over selected content on BET.Com.

“We are simply ecstatic to have T.J. Holmes coming to our fold. He’s been an
outstanding news anchor and we look forward to working with him in a variety of
new ways on BET,” Stephen G. Hill, president of Music Programming and Specials
at BET, said in a statement. “It’s now upon us to develop vehicles that capture his
intelligence, curiosity about the world, warmth, humor and compassion. It’s a
challenge that we are happy to have.”

Holmes formerly worked as an anchor for numerous CNN programs including
CNN’s “Saturday and Sunday Morning,” according to the network’s website. Since
signing on in 2006, he has covered a number of significant national stories, including
the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Virginia Tech shooting and the execution of Saddam Hussein.

Prior to coming to CNN, the 34-year-old worked as a reporter at San Francisco’s
NBC11 and was also served as a weekend anchor and reporter for KTHV-TV in Little
Rock, Ark.

Holmes holds a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism from the University of Arkansas,
and currently serves on the institution’s Chancellor’s Board of Advisors. He is also
a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta and the National Association of Black

“NABJ extends our sincere congratulations to T.J. on his move to BET and applaud
the network for reemphasizing the importance of news as part of it’s programming,”
NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. said in a statement. “T.J. is a dear friend and
valued member of NABJ and he always answers when called upon to assist the
association. “We’re proud that T.J. will now have a unique opportunity to engage
BET’s audience. This couldn’t happen to a better person and we wish him much