BET and VH1 to launch new network

The VH1 Soul and BETJ cable networks will use its resources to create the Centric network in October, reports Billboard.  The new network will compete with Comcast/Radio One-owned TV One in targeting the 25-to 54-year-old African-American audience, while reaching out to other multicultural viewers

VH1 Soul and BETJ will continue as individual networks.  Centric will offer original programming such as “Monica: Still Standing,” a reality show starring R&B singer Monica.  Comedian Mo’Nique will also have her own nightly talk and variety show.  The “Soul Train Music Awards” will also be reinstated.