03/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Founder Of Muslim-American TV Network Arrested For Wife's Beheading

This is some sad news, from Editor and Publisher's Greg Mitchell:

A prominent Buffalo area businessman who founded the BridgesTV network to improve the image of Muslims in the U.S. has been arrested and charged with murdering his estranged wife - by beheading her at his company's office on Thursday.

Police have charged the husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, with second-degree murder in death of Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37.

In its logo, BridgesTV boasts of "connecting people through understanding" via its dish network. Its Web site quotes comments on the company by Jay Leno, Brian Williams and others, plus a screen shot of a CNBC interview with Hassan conducted by Maria Bartiromo.

A sad irony -- and perhaps a reason to keep the BridgesTV mission alive -- is that the television network was Hassan's wife's idea in the first place:

"Mo Hassan was traveling from Buffalo to Detroit a few weeks after the September 11th terrorist attacks when his wife came up with the idea for the new network. They were in the car listening to the radio when they heard some derogatory remarks about Muslims."