CLAIM

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have purchased the BET channel. See Example(s)

EXAMPLES
Collected via Email, February 2016

Did Will and Jada Smith Buy BET?

FALSE

RATING

FALSE

ORIGIN

On 29 January 2016, the web site NahaDaily published an article reporting that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith had purchased the television channel BET:

Will and Jada purchased B.E.T. along with the help of an investment group Thursday afternoon for $600 million in cash.

“What we’re going to do is cancel everything on B.E.T. and replace it with things that black people actually like. It’s not rocket science.” -Will.

NahaDaily is a fake news web site that does not publish any factual articles. A disclaimer on the bottom of the web site states: “NegrosAgainstHairlineAbuse is Satire. Humor. Not Real. :-)”

In addition to the dubious source for this story, BET has not made any recent announcements about a change of ownership. The channel was started by Robert L. Johnson in 1980, and is owned and operated by Black Entertainment Television, LLC (a subsidiary of Viacom).