Former WPIX news director Vickie Burns has joined The Black News Channel (BNC) as svp of content.
Burns will oversee all of BNC’s editorial operations and report directly to Princell Hair, BNC’s CEO. BNC is a 24/7 news network covering the unique perspectives, challenges and successes of Black and Brown communities.
“We are delighted to welcome Vickie Burns and her wide-ranging expertise to BNC,” Hair said. “Vickie has demonstrated effective leadership and strong journalistic instincts throughout her career and will be a tremendous asset as BNC continues to evolve beyond linear broadcasts and into multiplatform offerings that are accessible everywhere content is consumed.”
Burns left Nexstar-owned WPIX in March after two years. Before working as a consultant at the then Tribune-owned station from 2013 to 2015, she spent 26 years at KNBC in Los Angeles, working her way from show producer to vp of news.
“I’m proud and excited to join BNC at a momentous time in history when America is paying more attention to diversity, equity and inclusion. Those values are embedded into BNC’s cultural DNA and I see this as an opportunity to let underserved Black and Brown communities know that we see, hear and value your lives, your struggles, your triumphs and your stories,” said Burns. “Princell Hair and BNC’s leaders have attracted an impressive team on both sides of the camera and I can’t wait to get started and contribute to this amazing and timely enterprise.”