BET Lott interview Monday

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Not two weeks after axing three prime time news shows to make way for
entertainment programming, it's actually a news "get" that is earning attention
for Black Entertainment Television.

The cable network's star news anchor, Ed Gordon, who hosts the BET Nightly
News
, was scheduled to interview embattled Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) Monday night for a BET
news special. (Gordon's own interview show, BET Tonight with Ed Gordon was
one of the recently canceled programs.)

Lott has come under fire for comments he made at a birthday party for
Sen. Strom Thurmond (D-N.C.). BET billed the interview as a special prime time
installment of Conversation with Ed Gordon.

After the Lott interview, BET planned to air an hour-long analysis special
with journalists and political scientists.

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