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YouTube Music Streaming Service Launches in Beta (SocialTimes)
YouTube music has faced some challenges lately; the company lost its product manager over the summer and had disagreements with indie music labels. While news of its music offering leaked in August, Google didn’t want to launch the new service until it reached a deal with indie labels. In a bid to compete with streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, Google is finally rolling out YouTube Music Key in invitation-only beta. Re/code The company is overhauling the free version of its Android app, and next week it’ll start inviting some of its users to try a new subscription feature, which it’s building into its Android and iOS apps. GigaOM For early adopters, it will cost $7.99 per month with the first six months free, and eventually it will cost $9.99 per month, the same price as Spotify Premium. YouTube Music Key’s banner feature is that it gives subscribers the ability to listen to music without ads, as well as run YouTube as a background app on mobile devices, allowing users to listen to YouTube videos while playing a game or locking their home screen. THR With the monthly fee, users also receive access to a Google Play Music subscription, which offers more than 30 million songs and playlists for streaming. Beginning Wednesday, YouTube is also rolling out new music features for free, ad-supported music video viewing. YouTube also plans to make it easier to find an artist’s discography through their official music videos and other songs uploaded to the streamer, so a user can play a full album straight through. NYT With its new service, YouTube hopes to reform its reputation in the music industry as a phenomenal free site to promote songs, but one that pays a pittance in royalties. As YouTube pushes into paid content, other online music outlets — under considerable pressure from the recording industry — are being forced to defend or change their business models to better compensate artists.

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Rachel Smolkin Named Exec Editor of CNN Politics

Rachel Smolkin is leaving her spot as Politico’s managing editor for news to join CNN as its executive editor for politics. Smolkin had been with Politico since 2011. She previously worked for USA Today and American Journalism Review.

“Rachel will spearhead a new effort to create a digital product in Washington to provide our audiences with more news, more context and more insight about politics than ever before,” wrote CNN’s senior VP, Andrew Morse, in a memo to staffers. “She will work closely with Sam Feist and all of our teams in the DC Bureau to harness the very best reporting from our anchors, programs, reporters and producers.”

Smolkin will join CNN this week.

A Round of Cuts for Bloomberg TV

Bloomberg TV, headquartered in New York, has made up 30 cuts to the staff, our sister site TVNewser reports. The layoffs affect numerous positions including reporters, producers, and editors.

The personnel changes were in the works since Andrew Morse was hired as head of BTV last summer. The focus now shifts to Bloomberg’s digital platform, with 13 jobs created and a Digital Video Desk.

In February 2009, Bloomberg dismissed more than 100 people, the bulk from the radio and TV divisions. It was first time the company laid off staffers.

TVNewser had much more on the story.

Bloomberg TV Names Dan Arnall Executive Producer

New York City based Bloomberg Television named Dan Arnall executive producer of news.

Arnall brings more than a decade of experience covering the economy, American business and the impact of financial regulation, among other major stories.  He will oversee Bloomberg’s television newsgathering and editorial in the U.S.  Arnall will also work to integrate video content across the company’s multimedia properties including Bloomberg.com and Bloomberg Mobile, which together reach millions of users per day. 

“I’m looking forwarding to joining the best team in business news,” said Arnall. “This is an exciting time of growth for Bloomberg as we expand our TV programming and bring our in-depth business and financial news coverage across every digital platform.”

Arnall joins Bloomberg from ABC News, where he served as senior producer for business coverage and most recently as senior producer for domestic news at World News with Diane Sawyer.  While at ABC, he ran business and economic coverage across all platforms, including coverage of the 2008 financial crisis, the Japanese earthquake and Presidential and mid-term elections.

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Exec Leaves ABC News Digital for Bloomberg TV

Andrew Morse has been named the new head of Bloomberg TV. Morse comes to Bloomberg from ABC News Digital, where he was Executive Producer of Innovation and Integration. At Bloomberg, Morse will be responsible for managing all programming, editorial content and operations for Bloomberg LP’s television station.

Morse will report to Andy Lack, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group. Lack said Morse is a welcome addition to the team.

“Andrew brings experience not only as an award-winning broadcast journalist, but in understanding the needs of today’s media organizations to deliver creative content to consumers across multiple platforms. As a producer, he’s created exciting, smart television for a global audience, making him an ideal fit as Bloomberg continues to build a world-class multimedia organization.”