BET has announced that they will cancel 106th & Park on December 19, 2014. It’s been a 14-year run for the popular music video countdown show, but now the decision has been made to end the daily programming.
The show was most recently hosted by rapper, Bow Wow and Canadian singer, Keshia Chante, but prior to these two, the show has gone through many hosts over it’s timespan, with the most notable being AJ and Free, Big Tigger and Julissa, and Terrence J and Rocsi.
The good news, 106th & Park will not be a total loss, because it’s going to a digital-only format and you’ll still be able to catch new episodes online, but not on the cable network any longer. It hasn’t been announced what will replace the show’s time slot at this time.
BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials Stephen Hill said in a statement, “All of us have been touched by 106 & Park. Now it’s time for 106 & Park, as a daily TV entity, to take a bow and exit.”
Hill continued, “It’ll be very exciting to connect with the millions of people that are already engaged with 106 & Park and other BET digital and social media entities and bring content that will further evolve the 106 & Park brand — and enhance the overall BET Networks brand. As we transition to the digital space, we look to continue 106 & Park’s role as both a leader of and a mirror to youth culture. We’ll have more information to share about how that is to roll out very soon.”
This will not be the only show to move to the digital world. I’m sure in 2015 and beyond we will see a huge shift in cable network programming turning to the digital space, mainly because of convenience, trend, and money-saving costs.
Salute to 106th & Park. Hats off to them. Farewell.