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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.

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.

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