An era has ended for BET’s 106 & Park. The daily music countdown show will air its final on-air episode on December, 19. The cable network announced that America’s #1 music variety show has come to an end, after 14 years. The 106 & Park brand will continue as it will now shift to a digital platform via BET.com, while special events such as their 106 & PARTY New Year’s Eve show, plus live events during the annual BET Awards and BET Experience will continue on television.
In a statement released online, Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, spoke on the show’s history and long run:
“It’s been a great 14 year run as America’s top music/variety show on cable. And now that very valuable brand is going to take its talents to the digital realm. The interactive brand you helped build, 106 & Park, is alive and well…and it’s moving to the space in which our audience NOW interacts with music the most; online. 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.”
The biggest stars in music, film, and sports have all made their way to BET’s 106 & Park which first aired on September 11, 2000. The show has also served as a platform to break new artists who have later developed into major stars. Recently, the show had been hosted by rapper Bow Wow & singer/actress Keshia Chanté. Click below to read BET’s full statement.
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