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CNN Sells Zite to Flipboard

ZiteLess than three years after it acquired Zite, CNN has sold the news reader to Flipboard, the magazine-format mobile news aggregator.

As part of the deal, CNN and Flipboard will enter into a partnership that will allow CNN to expand its mobile reach and take advantage of Flipboard’s technology and mobile sales strategy.

“Flipboard has created an incredibly immersive and valuable advertising experience,” said KC Estenson, SVP & GM of CNN Digital. “By tapping their expertise, we will create new revenue opportunities and expand CNN’s already massive mobile audience. With this deal CNN is invested in the long term success of Flipboard.”

Beyond the announcement of today’s deal, Flipboard readers can now find CNN’s global news and information content in the News, Entertainment, Technology and Business sections.

Glenn Beck’s ‘TheBlaze’ Skeptical of Comcast/TWC Deal

theblazelogoThe CEO of Glenn Beck‘s network TheBlaze says Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is not in the interest of start-up networks.

“As monopolies in the markets that they serve, cable companies often ignore their subscribers’ wishes,” Chris Balfe says in a statement, adding that major video programming distributors don’t have a good track record of “supporting independent programmers” like TheBlaze.

“We are skeptical that giving Comcast even more market power will benefit consumers, promote competition or lead to more diversity of voices or consumer choice on their channel line ups.”

TheBlaze is currently carried by DISH, Cablevision, Buckeye CableSystem, RCN, and 46 other operators across the country. They ran a social media campaign last summer to grow their provider base. Time Warner Cable and Comcast are not yet carriers.

Fox News Latino to Increase Video Production

fox news latino logoSince its launch more than three years ago, Fox News Latino has been one of Fox News’ steadily-growing brands. The site averaged 3.6 million page views and 1.1 million unique visitors in 2013, according to ComScore. In December, the site had 3.6 million page views and 1.4 million uniques, an increase of +40% and +49%, respectively, compared to the previous month.

Over the next year, Fox News Latino’s goal is to increase video production. A new Nielsen report finds Hispanics are “ahead of the digital curve,” noting they adopt smartphones at a higher rate than any other group and watch more hours of online videos on their phones than the average American.

Since launching in 2010, The English-language site has been expanded to include several sub-sections, most recently a “Money” section, which was added last year. With the help of the Fox News brand, the “Opinion” section has gotten contributions from several high-profile Hispanics, including Congressman Luis Gutierrez, former U.S. attorney general Alberto Gonzalez and Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera, who is a frequent contributor to Fox News Latino.

5 Things to Know About The New NBCNews.com

Homepage DesktopAfter a year of work, the new NBCNews.com debuts overnight tonight, just in time for premium traffic coming from the Sochi Olympics coverage.

At an unveiling this morning at 30 Rock, NBC News President Deborah Turness says the new site is about “tearing down the walls that traditionally have divided TV and digital.” The new site will be a “continuous consumption model” that continues the story whether it was born first digitally or it originally aired on TV.

TVNewser attended this morning’s event. Here are our 5 takeaways from the new site…

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NBC News Partners with NowThis News

NBCPeacockThe NBCUniversal News Group is taking a minority stake in NowThis News, a short-form video news network built for mobile and social users. NowThis News and NBCU News Group producers will collaborate on projects based out of NowThis News’s New York studio.

“We know that news consumption among younger audiences continues to grow, but in order to reach that audience, we need to continue to create video for the platforms they use most. NowThis News does exactly that — delivering relevant news stories for the mobile and social platforms that resonate with this audience,” said Patricia Fili-Krushel, Chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group.

NowThisNewsNowThis News was co-founded by Ken Lerer of Lerer Ventures in the summer of 2012 as Planet Daily. The site relaunched a few months later as NowThis News and counted ABC News, CNN and Washington Post executives in its leadership ranks. In addition to the NBCU news, NowThis News has named Sean Mills, president and Ashish Patel, as VP of Social Media. Mills had been president of The Onion, while Patel joins from VICE where he was head of social media.

The partnership comes less than two weeks after the NBCU News Group announced an investment and content partnership with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg‘s new venture.

Univision Launches Redesigned Website

univision logoUnivision News launched a redesigned website this week. Univision called the site “fresh, dynamic and more user friendly than ever, as it adapts to any device screen — computer, tablet or mobile phone.”

The site features more advanced video and photo displays, as well as faster publishing time and new social features. Users are able to comment next to each paragraph they read and then share those comments on social media.

“This redesign is one more example of our commitment to constantly innovate to better serve our community by providing the best multi-platform news products and the most enjoyable digital experience,” Daniel Coronell and Scott Levine wrote in a memo to Univision staffers.

Katie Couric Named Yahoo! News Global Anchor

katie004Katie Couric has been named Global News Anchor for Yahoo! News.

“It’s very exciting to be a part of a leading company at the intersection of content and technology,” Couric says. “I have great admiration for Marissa Mayer and her team and their commitment to bringing news, entertainment and information to the Yahoo community across multiple platforms. ”

Couric will debut on Yahoo! in early 2014. She’ll cover live world events while interviewing newsmakers and thought leaders. She’ll continue hosting her ABC syndicated daytime show “Katie” for the remainder of this season. Disney-ABC tells TVNewser a decision on season three of “Katie” will be made in mid-December.

“News is a definitive daily habit for our users,” adds Mayer. “Katie will work with our talented editorial team to pioneer a new chapter of digital journalism.”

But don’t expect a traditional newscast online. “We are trying to be very open-minded,” Couric tells Capital New York. “I don’t think it is going to be a half-hour evening news broadcast or a two-hour morning show.”

While she won’t be working directly for ABC News anymore, she’ll still turn up on ABC News digital channels.

“ABC News has a powerful alliance with Yahoo so we expect there will be all kinds opportunities to continue working together in the future,” ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser.

Yahoo’s press release after the jump.
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iVillage to Be Shuttered as Standalone Site, Folded into Today.com

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 10.24.51 PMiVillage, one of the earliest websites for women, will be folded into Today.com next spring, TVNewser has learned. The news of the dissolution of the standalone site is the second such move today. As TVNewser reported earlier, NBCLatino.com will be folded into NBCNews.com, eliminating three positions.

The iVillage changes will results in the loss of up to 12 jobs.

“Combining these strong lifestyle brands under the ‘Today’ banner will give iVillage much bigger reach and will further integrate it with NBC News,” a spokesperson tells TVNewser. “We are actively trying to find roles for those affected elsewhere in the company.”

iVillage was founded in 1995 by Candice Carpenter, Nancy Evans, Robert Levitan, and Tina Sharkey as one of the first Silicon Alley startups and one of the first websites targeted to women. The company had a high-flying IPO in 1999, when shares reached $100, only to crash in the dot com bubble two years later.

NBC Universal acquired iVillage in 2006. In 2007-2008 NBC produced two successive but unsuccessful iVillage-themed TV shows for local stations. Last year, the site moved from the NBC Entertainment digital group to the NBC News digital group.

Under new NBC News president Deborah Turness there is more emphasis on integrating digital and broadcast assets. The iVillage and NBCLatino moves come as the head of NBC News digital Vivian Schiller departs NBC for Twitter.

NBC Shutting Down NBCLatino.com

NBCLatinoNBC is shutting down NBCLatino.com with coverage moving to NBCNews.com when that site relaunches next year, TVNewser has learned.

A source tells us three positions will be eliminated, but those staffers may be offered positions in other parts of NBC.

NBCLatino.com has only been around for 16 months. It launched with resources from MSNBC.com and NBC News programs as well as some original reporting.

A NBC News spokesperson tells us redirecting NBCLatino.com to NBCNews.com “will allow its content to reach a much larger audience and it will further enhance NBC News’s commitment and ability to cover news and issues that matter to the Latino community.”

The WebNewser Ticker: NBC-D, ABC-Yahoo, CNN Mobile

  • NBCU is close to acquiring part of All Things D, the tech news and event company that is leaving its home at Dow Jones. The WSJ reports NBCUniversal will have a minority stake in the new Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher venture.

  • October marked the 21st straight month that for the Yahoo-ABC News Network as the No. 1 news site. The sites had 82 million unique visitors, a +16% advantage over No. 2 CNN with 70 million.

  • CNN Digital’s mobile platforms had their biggest month ever in September. The sites brought in more than 32 million users making CNN the No. 1 mobile news source for 67 consecutive months.

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