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Katie Couric: ‘I’m Answering My Own What If’ After More Than Three Decades in TV

KCouricKatie Couric launches a new digital interview series, “World 3.0,” on Yahoo! tomorrow, and for Couric, being able to spotlight industry innovators is all part of why she joined Yahoo!

“World 3.0 gives me a chance to meet the global game changers, the men and women in tech, science, medicine, business and philanthropy who have asked the question ‘what if?’ and found answers that have improved–and in some cases disrupted–their industries,” Couric tells TVNewser.

Her first interview is with Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky. “He is most definitely one of those people!” she says.

“That’s really a big part of why I wanted to launch this series, and why I came to Yahoo in the first place. I am answering my own ‘what if’ after more than three decades in television.”

Couric sees a changing world, one that’s “iterating.” ”I’m very excited to have a chance to be a part of it, and to tell you the stories of the people and ideas that are part of our future.”

Other upcoming “World 3.0″ interviews Couric will conduct include rapper and Stand Up To Cancer Ambassador Lupe Fiasco, One World Futbol’s Tim Jahnigen and Lisa Tarver, and Matternet’s Andreas Raptopulos.

CNN Fires Editor for Plagiarism

cnnlogoCNN has dismissed Marie-Louise Gumuchian, an editor at CNN.com, after the network discovered multiple instances of plagiarism. Gumuchian covered international news from CNN’s London bureau. In an editor’s note published on CNN.com, Meredith Artley, Managing Editor and VP of CNN Digital, Manuel Perez, Editorial Director of CNN Digital and Richard Griffiths, Senior Editorial Director and VP at CNN, write that an unpublished story flagged last week during the editing process “led to an internal investigation that uncovered other examples in about 50 published stories.” Their investigation is ongoing.

“Trust, integrity and simply giving credit where it’s due are among the tenets of journalism we hold dear,” the note reads. “We also believe in letting audiences know when we’ve remedied situations that threaten to compromise that trust.”

NBCNews.com Launches Asian Pacific Islander Vertical Led by Amna Nawaz

NawazAmna Nawaz is taking on a new role with NBC News. Nawaz, who was most recently the Islamabad bureau chief and correspondent, will lead coverage on NBCNews.com’s new Asian Pacific Islander vertical.

“Under Amna’s direction, we plan to grow the Asian Pacific Islander vertical into a robust destination, featuring great storytelling, unique videos, breaking news, original photography and personal essays,” NBCNews.com executive editor Greg Gittrich and editorial director Hillary Frey wrote in a note to staffers.

During her 10 years at NBC, Nawaz has been a producer and reporter for NBC, MSNBC, NBCNews.com and the network’s investigative unit in DC.

The memo from Gittrich and Frey is after the jump. Read more

‘Dateline’ Reaches Social Media Milestone

“Dateline” has become the first TV newsmagazine to surpass one million likes on Facebook, achieving the milestone last night.

The show is thanking fans this morning.

Last month, ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyerbecame the first evening newscast to top the one million likes mark.

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.

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