City One Founder Cathy Hughes, CEO Inducted Into Cablefax Corridor Of Fame

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Alfred Liggins III and Cathy Hughes onstage throughout 2019 City One Honors at MGM Nationwide Harbor on December 05, 2019, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. | Supply: Paras Griffin / Getty

Cathy Hughes, City One’s famend founder and chairperson, and Alfred Liggins III, CEO of City One and TV One, had been inducted into the Cablefax Cable Heart Corridor of Fame earlier this week. 

Yearly Cablefax — a media firm and group for cable, broadcast and digital professionals — selects pioneers and change-makers who’ve had a big influence on the cable trade. And this 12 months Hughes and Liggins are being honored for his or her work in diversifying cable tv. 

The mom and son mixture has made City One arguably essentially the most profitable Black-owned media firm in historical past. Beginning in radio, the duo has since branched out into tv success by launching TV One in 2004 and CLEO TV in 2019. 

“I don’t know life with out radio. It’s been a continuing in my life as a result of it was my mother’s dream to offer a chance for Black folks to have our personal voice and inform our personal tales,” Liggins stated in a Q&A with Cablefax. “She sacrificed and put the whole lot she had into her enterprise. I grew up strolling the hallways of WHUR at Howard College, being babysat by workers, attending occasions with my mother, and watching her carve her personal path in what has all the time been a male-dominated world.” 

Liggins, who took over the function as CEO in 1997 from Hughes and helped push the corporate to what it’s at this time, mirrored on the work his mom put in to create the muse for the corporate to propel them to the place they’re at this time.

“As a baby, I didn’t understand the muse she was laying for Radio One and City One to develop into what it’s today-to present a voice and be of service to the African American group; it was simply regular life for me,“ stated Liggins. 

“My mother began this firm and offered me with a chance to guide it. She trusted my intuition to maneuver into cable as a method of diversifying our firm and increasing her imaginative and prescient. To see how our firm has grown from its humble starting in radio within the ’80s to the place we’re at this time validates the truth that diversifying our enterprise was the precise selection. I’m grateful our collective concepts and passions have allowed us to have a spot in these industries and enabled us to be of better service to the Black group.” 

With Hughes’ imaginative and prescient and grit and Liggins’ progressive pondering to maneuver the corporate into the longer term, the 2 have created an area that speaks to the African American group. 

The 2 introduced the corporate to new heights and are persevering with to serve a demographic that has a big influence on American tradition.

City One is the father or mother firm of iOne Digital, underneath which NewsOne is operated.


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