BET Founder Robert Johnson to Join Discovery Board

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S. Decker Anstrom will step down from the media giant's boardroom at the end of 2020.

BET founder Robert Johnson is joining the board of directors at Discovery, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Johnson is also the founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies and comes to Discovery as it unveils an upcoming streaming platform, Discovery+, to launch on Jan. 4.

"Bob is a legendary entrepreneur and one of media’s true pioneers and innovators, dating back to his creation of BET and continuing throughout his distinguished career. As we embark on a transformative year for Discovery, we are honored to add Bob as an independent director," Robert Miron, chairman of Discovery's board of directors, said in a statement.

Discovery's direct-to-consumer offering Discovery+ will cost $5 per month with ads and $7 per month without ads, and will combine programming from across the conglomerate's brands, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Animal Planet and OWN.

It will also include programming from A&E Networks channels A+E, History and Lifetime. The company says the offering will give subscribers access to more than 55,000 episodes of over 2,500 shows.

AMC Networks in 2018 acquired Johnson's RLJ Entertainment and took the company private. RLJ’s businesses include branded OTT channels Acorn TV, focused on British TV, and UMC, the Urban Movie Channel.

S. Decker Anstrom, who has been on the Discovery board since 2021, will step down at the end of the year.