Dallas Sniper Attack on Police: MTV and BET to Hold Live Town Hall on Friday, and More Special Coverage

In the wake of Thursday night’s Dallas sniper ambush that left five police officers dead and others wounded, MTV News and BET News are teaming for a town hall discussion to air live from MTV’s Times Square studio tonight at 10/9c.

“What Now? An MTV News and BET News Town Hall” will be hosted by MTV’s Charlamagne Tha God, Jamil Smith and Franchesca Ramsey, along with BET News’ Marc Lamont Hill, and offer an open forum of artists, activists and audience members discussing “the issues underlying this latest round in a cycle of violence and tragedy in America.”

The Dallas tragedy of course came on the heels of the fatal, officer-involved shootings of two black men — Alton Sterling, outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile, during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn.

The program will air simultaneously on MTV, BET, VH1, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Live, VH1 Classic, MTV Hits, Centric and Logo, as well as get streamed via the cablers’ Facebook Live and YouTube accounts.

The broadcast networks, meanwhile, are supplementing Friday’s morning-show coverage of the tragedy with special evening newscasts. On NBC, Lester Holt will anchor an hour-long edition of Nightly News, while Scott Pelley will anchor a one-hour edition of the CBS Evening News, both reporting live from Dallas. ABC’s David Muir will report from Dallas in a special edition of World News Tonight, and then at 9 pm co-anchor with Elizabeth Vargas a live edition of 20/20: America in Crisis: Ambush in Dallas.

Turning to Saturday, CBS News at 10 pm will present 48 Hours: Bringing A Nation Together, a one-hour special anchored by Maurice DuBois and featuring reporting from CBS News correspondents on the ground in Dallas and around the country.

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12 Comments
  1. LADY_in_MD says:

    My heart goes out to ALL the families who lost someone over these past few days!

  2. Sally McLinn says:

    This will be entertaining but a waste of time. It will get the ratings but it won’t resolve anything. The AR15 rifle will still be available to purchase by anyone anytime anywhere. There will continue to be mass shootings because of the automatic rifle. Unless we can get the NRA involved in the conversation — forgetaboutit.

    • Angela says:

      This, pretty much.

    • Eric H says:

      Automatic? An AR-15 is not an automatic; it’s semi-automatic. There is a big difference, even if you (and many others) don’t want to think there is.

      • C says:

        Hey look! Someone in a comment section that actually knows the difference between an automatic and semi automatic. You don’t see that very often. Kudos Eric

      • Joey says:

        Considering that currently the AR-15 can be legally modified so that it becomes fully automatic, there is no need for it to be sold to civilians.

  3. David4 says:

    I like how most of the comments here completely missed the point of why this happened.

    • Piers says:

      Obama has set civil rights back to the 60s. He has a lot to answer for and none of it is good.

      • Angela says:

        How do you figure?

      • Mary says:

        Who are you going to blame when Obama leaves office? Did you ever stop to think it might not be him but the ones who never got over him being elected not once but twice.
        Maybe this is a wake up call to get those fools out of Congress

  4. Rugo says:

    Why hasn’t the New Black Panther Party declared a terrorist organization by the government. This hate-filled black murderer was a member, and lived by their mantra — hate, destroy, and kill white people. Check out their website. If we just change the name New Black Panther Party to ISIS, the Feds would be all over it. These black lunatics are more of a direct threat to Americans because they’re subversive. ISIS is all out there, loud and proud. These killers are cowards and many are embedded in our political system. I wouldn’t doubt that Obama’s mentor, and best friend, Rev. Jerimiah Wright is a member.

    • Mary says:

      Wow you are a Trump supporter aren’t you. Did you say the same thing about Dylann Roof when he shot a church full of blacks. Your hatred for the President and quite frankly the black race is showing. Maybe the problem here is you and society making statements that have no facts whatsoever.