R&B singer R Kelly was working towards purchasing Nickelodeon and all its subsidiaries. The very first station for kids, from Viacom Media Networks for an undisclosed amount this year. Those plans have now been placed on halt due to Kelly’s legal problems. Had R Kelly’s purchase gone through, Kelly would have been the first black person to own a television network geared towards kids.
By acquiring Nickelodeon, Kelly would also be the owner of Nick Jr, Nick-at-Nite, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Nick Music as well as TV Land.
We are told that R Kelly maintains his innocence and does still plan to pursue his quest for owning Nickelodeon. Many suspect that the latest allegations were brought against R Kelly in an attempt to disrupt the purchase of Nickelodeon. The deal was scheduled to close by this fall.