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Katie Couric to Debut Two New Series for Yahoo! News

CouricWith her syndicated daytime talk show set to wrap in June, Katie Couric will have an even larger presence as Yahoo! News global anchor, Couric announced tonight at the Yahoo Newfront in New York City (head to Lost Remote for the full recap).

TVNewser was at the presentation, where Couric revealed two new original interview and video series she’ll host starting this summer: “World 3.0″ and “Now I Get It.”

For World 3.0, she’ll interview technology leaders, social entrepreneurs, health care innovators, and scientists.  Couric called “Now I Get It” an answer to the “TMI” world we live in, where she can simplify complicated topics referenced in the news day-to-day, through short, shareable videos.

The former “Today” co-host and anchor of “CBS Evening News” raved about her experience so far conducting newsmaker interviews on a digital platform.

“For me to do these long, hopefully insightful interviews; to have these really substantive conversations with newsmakers, and present them to consumers in either bite-sized portions or where they can enjoy the whole enchilada is incredibly exciting,” Couric said on stage.

Some of the interviews Couric has done for Yahoo to date include speaking with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia, actor Bryan Cranston, and President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s daughters, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb.

Barry Diller Calls Reporting on Aereo ‘Dopey’

DillerAereoBarry Diller, the founder of the Fox Network and now a minority shareholder of Aereo, says the reporting about the streaming local TV service has been “dopey.” Diller, who was at last week’s Supreme Court arguments in the case, not only disagreed with some of the line of questioning of the Justices, he says he is “maddened” by some of the reporting.

“They’ve just been dopey,” Diller told Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources.” “The essence of it is that Aereo is essentially simply an antenna device that replaces technologically what you used to have to do to go up to your rooftop and erect an antenna.” Reporters, many of whom work for the networks who are suing Aereo, think of Aereo as a “gimmick,” Diller says. “What we are doing is complying with the law.”

We’ll get the heart of Aereo, it’s chances of surviving the High Court and what the broadcasters are planning if it does, at tomorrow’s TVNewser Show. Click here for more information and to register.

Marlee Matlin: ‘I Don’t Have Time to Hear It. I’m Tired of Barriers.’

When it comes to bad closed captioning, Marlee Matlin has a lot to say.

A tipping point came five years ago when Matlin, who’s been deaf since the age of 18 months, sat down with her daughter to watch the “Wizard of Oz” on Netflix. There were no subtitles. Her Tweet started a caption revolution. “Noise is good, because the purpose was good,” Matlin says.

The Academy Award-winning actress is now working with VIKI, which crowd sources program translations in more than 200 languages, for the Billion Words March. The FCC is behind the initiative, and in February outlined new rules aimed at stopping inaccurate closed captioning.

Along with her interpreter of 29 years, Jack Jason, we sat down with Matlin to talk about life off screen, and on. The Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing with the Stars contestant tells us which competition show she’d like to appear on next.

Katie Couric: My First Big Break

Katie Couric‘s transition from daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known for her years as co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show. Couric says timing and luck have been on her side. As Couric tells us in our latest installment of My First Big Break, she has one man to thank for her big breaK

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Tribune Acquires TV by the Numbers

tv by the numbersTribune Digital Ventures has agreed to acquire TV by the Numbers for an undisclosed amount.

TV by the Numbers has partnered with Zap2it, the Tribune-owned television news and listings site, since 2010. With Tribune’s acquisition of TV by the Numbers, Zap2it will be relaunched “with a renewed focus on helping TV fans discover programs to watch across linear TV and streaming services.”

“Zap2it has been a great partner to us for over 3 years and both Bill [Gorman] and I are very excited that TVBTN is now formally a part of Zap2it,” founder  wrote on TV by the Numbers this morning. “Many of you thought they already owned us, and while we expect exciting additions down the road, for now you can expect the same regular ratings coverage, aggregation and renewal and cancellation predictions that you’ve come to know and love (some more than others!).”

The press release is after the jump. Read more

NBCU Shutters Two Websites

TWOPdailycandyYou’ve surely heard of them, maybe you’ve visited them from time to time, but the days of Daily Candy and Television Without Pity are numbered. NBCUniversal Digital is shuttering the sites.

Comcast acquired Daily Candy for $125 million in 2008. Following Comcast’s acquisition of NBCU in 2010, Daily Candy became part of the NBCU Digital Network. Launched in 2000 by journalist/entrepreneur Dany Levy, Daily Candy was a pioneer in online newsletters geared toward women and featuring fashion, food, and entertainment.

TelvisionWithoutPity, meant for TV junkies, provides witty, usually mocking, episode recaps about television’s most popular shows. The site was acquired by NBCU’s Bravo in 2007. It will cease operations April 4 with forums remaining open until May 31.

Kara Swisher at Re/Code — in which the NBC News Group is a major investor –  reports 64 employees at Daily Candy and three at TWop will lose their jobs. “Apparently, many of those staffers — largely located in New York — might be offered jobs at other NBCU properties, but that is not a certainty,” Swisher writes.

Coming Soon: Sarah Palin’s ‘Rogue TV’

sarah palinFox News contributor Sarah Palin is launching a digital video channel on Tapp, the service founded by former CNN president Jon Klein and former NBC entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin, Capital New York’s Alex Weprin scoops:

Palin’s channel will feature video commentaries from the former Republican vice-presidential candidate, discussing current events and political issues. “Think of it as a video version of her Facebook page,” the source said.

That said, Rogue is also expected to feature footage of Palin and her family in Alaska, much as the 2010 TLC reality series, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” did. (TLC’s parent company, Discovery Communications, is an investor in Tapp.)

It will also have advice and guidance from Palin, such as tips for parents and recipes. There are also tentative plans to have subscribers engage in regular video chats with Palin.

Gaspin told Bloomberg TV Tapp would feature “personality based” channels “with people who have super fans.” Palin’s channel, tentatively titled “Rogue TV,” is expected to be one of the first to launch on the service this spring.

‘CBS This Morning,’ Now on Pandora

CBSThisAm“CBS This Morning” now has its own Pandora station which will feature an evolving playlist of the songs played each morning. The show announced the new channel after a feature report on the streaming music service and its founder Tim Westergren. The show already has its own Spotify playlist.

Former CNN Chief Jon Klein & Former NBC Exec Jeff Gaspin Launch TAPP

GaspinKlein304Former CNN president Jon Klein and former NBC entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin are launching TAPP, which stands for TV App. TAPP will be made up of dozens of channels for which subscribers would pay $10 per month.

“They are going to be personality based with people who have super fans,” Gaspin tells BloombergTV. Gaspin says TAPP is for “viewers and users who cannot get enough of these particular personalities to the point where they want a more intimate relationship with these personalities than current TV and online offerings afford.”

“We are not talking about specific talent,” Klein added when asked who would have TAPP channels. “I will tell you that Sarah Palin is the kind of personality who has a massive social presence, and a core group of followers and supporters who hang on to her every word. That is exactly the characteristic that these channels are looking for.”

“This is not like Netflix, where you pay a subscription and get a plethora of content,” says Gaspin. “These are not general interest networks. These are very specific for very specific fan interests.”

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Engagement a Key to Katie Couric’s Yahoo News Role

KCouricA key component of Katie Couric‘s role at Yahoo News takes shape today. Couric, who will interview Michael Bloomberg this week — his first sit-down since his appointment as the United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change — is inviting viewers to submit their questions, photos, and videos for the former New York City mayor via her Tumblr page.

Newsmaker interviews fueled by viewer questions and submissions is part of the programming Couric will produce for Yahoo News as the site’s global anchor. Couric and her team will also look to produce live events and global issues forums driven by viewers’ ideas as well as segments that break down big issues culled from viral and trending topics.

Couric’s programming on Yahoo News marks the next wave in Yahoo’s original video content and a key milestone in the expansion of Yahoo News. Couric will be ending her daytime talk show in the next couple of months.

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