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CNN Sells Zite to Flipboard (CNNMoney)
CNN has sold its news reader app, Zite, to Flipboard, a social magazine application. As part of the deal, Flipboard has also teamed up with CNN to launch custom magazines for CNN shows anchored by Fareed Zakaria, Jake Tapper and John King. The deal could be valued as high as $60 million over time, taking into account future advertising revenue, said a source familiar with the deal. TVNewser The sale occurred less than three years after CNN acquired Zite for $20 million. CNN and Flipboard’s partnership will allow CNN to expand its mobile reach and take advantage of Flipboard’s technology and mobile sales strategy. Re/code Zite itself will shut down, but CNN says most of its 20 employees will go to work for Flipboard. Zite CEO Mark Johnson will not be joining them. Forbes / Jeff Bercovici The deal merges two apps that let users aggregate news stories from all over into a single magazine-like experience. Of the two, Flipboard has been considerably more successful: It’s currently ranked No. 5 among free iPad news apps in Apple’s App Store, while Zite is No. 39. Flipboard will absorb the machine-learning technology that Zite uses to personalize news feeds for its users. Mashable The move also divests CNN of one of its most high-profile acquisitions while putting it in front of Flipboard’s users, which according to Johnson number more than 100 million.

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Poll: Majority of Americans Get News From TV

According to a new Gallup poll, most of us turn to the tube for news, and it’s not even close. The survey, which asked a little over 2,000 adults what medium they view as their primary source of news, found that 55 percent said TV. The Internet was second, but was cited by only 21 percent of respondents.

As for print? A paltry nine percent of Americans turn to newspapers for news. The most often cited paper was the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, tied with one percent of the vote.

When respondents gave a specific TV outlet as their answer, Fox was named the most often at eight percent, followed by CNN at seven.

Does living in a nation where most people turn to Fox and CNN for news make you feel terrible or terrible? Please answer in the comments.

WPIX Falls in February Sweeps; ‘Expect Changes Everywhere,’ Source

We told you about WABC having another successful ratings period.

That’s not the case on East 42nd Street.

WPIX was handed a gift last summer when WNYW made abrupt changes. With Greg Kelly off the mornings, WPIX had a chance to make headway against its rival.

However, Channel 5 hit the “re-do” button last month putting Kelly back on Good Day New York. Not only did the show put a dent in any Channel 11 traction, it clipped NBC’s Today show for the February sweeps.

So with that backdrop, we explore WPIX’s efforts in the period.

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Scott and Todd, Dish Nation to Return for Another Season

Haven’t seen enough of Scott and Todd? If yes, you’ll like this post. The longtime WPLJ morning duo of Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill will be back for another season of Dish Nation, seen here on My9/WWOR. The nightly 30-minute entertainment/gossip show has been picked for 2013-14 by Fox for its O&Os. It also is being picked up by other syndicators throughout the country.

Scott and Todd are part of the rotating air personalities featured on Dish Nation.

Rickey Smiley based in Atlanta and Kidd Kraddick, out of Dallas, round out the show.

America’s Most Wanted to Feature Gavin Smith

It’s been over four months since Fox executive Gavin Smith mysteriously disappeared. America’s Most Wanted will do their part to help find the 57-year-old by airing a feature on the Lifetime crime show, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

The episode of Lifetime’s venerable crime news program will air in early- to mid-October, according to Angeline Hartmann, who is producing the segment for AMW. Hartmann says that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which has revealed little about its investigation, is participating in the making of the feature.

“The sheriff’s office has not really spoken out in detail publicly about this case, but the good news is we are dealing directly with the investigators assigned to the case — they are ready to talk a little bit more about it,” says Hartmann, adding that AMW is still conducting interviews and researching the disappearance of the studio exec.

Smith, a former UCLA basketball player, was last seen at his friend’s house on May 1 in Oak Park.

Jennifer Lopez the Latest to Quit American Idol

Guess 12 hours wasn’t enough time for American Idol to convince Jennifer Lopez to stay.

Lopez followed Steven Tyler out the door, calling into Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show on Friday to break the news.

“I honestly feel the time has come to get back to do what I do. I have put it on hold because I love Idol so much. You have a lot of other responsibilities and other things you want to do,” Lopez told Seacrest. ”We had an amazing run.” Read more

The Simpsons Returning to Movie Theaters

For The Simpsons fans planning to watch Ice Age: Continental Drift next weekend, you’re in for a treat.

Maggie Simpson will star in her own animated short titled “The Longest Daycare.”

The 12-second (yes, 12) trailer is above, teasing Maggie’s return to the Ayn Rand School for Tots from way back in Season 4.

Let’s just hope the short is a tad longer than the trailer.

Housewives’ Bethenny Frankel Gets Test Run on Fox

She’s become a reality TV fascination, and now Bethenny Frankel is ready to take daytime TV by storm. Frankel, who spent three seasons starring on The Real Housewives of New York, will host her own one-hour entertainment talk-show. Bethenny will air starting Monday, June 11. In New York, the show will be broadcast at 11 a.m. after Wendy Williams.

Bethenny will have its test run on five other Fox-owned stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis.

The show, executive produced by Frankel and Ellen DeGeneres, will feature Frankel’s no-holds barred perspective on numerous topics, including pop culture, current events, and relationships.

Frankel first gained national recognition as a runner-up on NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Frankel has parlayed her popularity on Bravo’s Housewives into a pair of spinoffs: Bethenny Getting Married and Bethenny Ever After, which had its third season debut in February.

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News Corp. Planning ESPN Rival

News Corp. is thinking about going after the biggest name in sports. No, not Tim Tebow dammit — ESPN. Bloomberg reports that the plan is to convert the Fuel network to a new, nationally focused sports channel. The channel is rumored to be launching by the end of this year and will be led by David Hill, the chairman of Fox Sports.

Of course the big problem with trying to challenge ESPN is that it has contracts with the NFL, NBA and MLB. That’s pretty much all American sports fans care about.

Fox’s biggest grab? The rights to the World Cup in 2018 and 2022. Soccer — despite its thrilling 0-0 ties and players flopping at the slightest bit of contact — is not exactly the best way to lure viewers.

Like Father, Like Son: Kenny Albert Talks About Growing Up with Legendary Dad

We’ve all grown up with Marv Albert in our living rooms. But for Kenny Albert, it takes on the literal meaning. The younger Albert was born just as the elder Albert was attaining popularity in New York as a sportscaster.

Kenny arrived in February 1968, just weeks before the new Madison Square Garden opened–a place his dad would call his second home for more than 30 years. Two years after Kenny’s birth, Marv had his coming out party when the Knicks were on the run to their first championship. He would be at the mic providing the radio description of the exhilarating season.

While Marv is recognized as a legendary sportscaster, for Kenny, and his three siblings, he’s just dad. From his earliest age, Kenny recalls tagging along to the Garden as his father would prepare to call a Rangers or Knicks game.

“That was normal. That was what I grew up with,” Albert tells FishbowlNY. “I thought it was strange that people actually had dinner with their father, and going out with their parents every night. Because with us, it was more of a scramble.”

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