Princell Hair Joins Byron Allen’s Allen Media Broadcasting as President

Princell Hair and Byron Allen of Allen Media Group. (Credit: BNC and Shutterstock)

Longtime television executive Princell Hair has been named president of Allen Media Broadcasting, media mogul Byron Allen announced Monday.

Allen Media Broadcasting, a division of Allen Media Group, is made up of 27 local stations spread across 21 markets nationwide.

Hair will also serve as executive vice president of Allen Media Group, which includes The Weather Group (The Weather Channel), theGrio, HBCU GO, Sports.TV, JusticeCentral.TV, and the free-streaming app Local Now.

“Princell Hair is a phenomenal media executive who brings an overwhelming amount of industry experience and excellent leadership skills to our 2,400-employee company,” Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Allen Media Group, said in a statement. “Princell’s seasoned expertise now plays a crucial role in supporting Allen Media Group’s acquisitions and continued expansion across our ever-increasing number of media assets and distribution platforms worldwide.”

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As previously reported, Hair served as president and CEO of the short-lived Black News Channel (BNC), which shut down in March 2022, after a bankruptcy filing. Allen Media Group purchased the channel and renamed it theGrio.

Hair has bounced around the TV industry, having previously served as SVP of news and talent for NBC Sports Group, where he was lead negotiator for all talent contracts, including the NBC Sports Network, NBC Broadcast Network, The Golf Channel, eight regional sports networks, and the Olympics.

Before his tenure at NBC Sports, Hair was SVP of news operations and studio programming at Comcast Sports Group.

Prior to that, he held positions as executive vice president, general manager, and senior vice president at CNN/Turner Broadcasting.

Hair got his start in local news, previously holding management positions at KCBS-TV Los Angeles, WBAL-TV Baltimore, WMAQ-TV Chicago, WBBM-TV Chicago, WCPX-TV Orlando, WDIV-TV Detroit, and Miami stations WCIX-TV, WPLG-TV, and WSVN-TV.

He will be based at the Allen Media Studios/Weather Group campus in Atlanta.