One of the top items on “Good Morning America’s” web page right now is a “Today” show story.
Paula Deen‘s first interview since revelations she used racist epithets was with Matt Laueron the “Today” show, but big news for anyone following the story. That includes the AP’s media reporter David Bauder who wrote about the appearance. ABCNews.com links to Bauder’s story which is why it now sits on GMA’s homepage.
MSNBC is taking over control of TheGrio, NBC’s news site targeting African Americans. MSNBC senior VP and executive editor Yvette Miley will add executive editor of TheGrio to her title.
TheGrio co-founders David Wilson and Dan Woosley–who helped launch it in 2009 with NBC–are departing the site, though they will stay on in an advisory role. Joy-Ann Reid will stay on as managing editor. While the site will fall under MSNBC, NBC News digital will provide operational and technological support.
“Under MSNBC, theGrio will be able to further build on its existing position of strength as a community for smart and engaging dialogue, opinions and perspectives, and continue to be an incubator for great stories and ideas for the entire NBCUniversal News Group,” write MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller in a note to staff today.
CNN is partnering with BuzzFeed and YouTube to launch a new YouTube channel that takes advantage of CNN’s current and archival video, as well as Buzzfeed’s skill at weaving social content. The partnership is entirely digital, with videos available on YouTube, BuzzFeed and CNN.com (watch the first video below).
For CNN, the partnership gives the channel a chance to monetize archive content. Every TV news organization has a massive library of video, but much of it sits on servers unused. Finding a way to pluck some of this video and bring it back to the forefront in a way that could be monetizable is something that every channel has been looking into.
For BuzzFeed, the deal provides a wealth of video content, just waiting top be uncovered and edited down to brief, bite-sized chunks ready for social sharing.
First on TVNewser: Fusion, the upcoming cable news channel from ABC News and Univision, is adding HuffPost Live host Alicia Menendez to its lineup, TVNewser has learned.
Menendez is joining Fusion as an anchor based in Miami, and will host her own show on the channel when it launches later this year.
Menendez, the daughter of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), has long been a regular commentator on cable news, and is the former co-host of “Power Play” on SiriusXM’s Cristina Radio, which targets “Modern Latina” listeners. She is also a former contributor to NBCLatino.com.
MSNBC.com is staffing up ahead of a major relaunch later this year. The relaunched site will focus on the world of politics and the personalities that populate MSNBC’s programming. There will also, however, be plenty of political news and information.
TheBlaze, the TV channel founded by former HLN and Fox News host Glenn Beck, has signed up its second major pay-TV provider. Cablevision, which has over three million subscribers in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area will be adding the channel to its lineup in late May. It will be available on the preferred, silver and gold packages.
The other 10 operators are smaller, independent cable companies, spread throughout the country. While TheBlaze seeks TV deals, it remains available to subscribers directly over the internet for a monthly fee.
Last night Yahoo! held its “NewFront” event at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, and the digital media company announced expanded content deals with its two big TV news partners, ABC News and CNBC.
ABC, of course, has a major deal with the company, particularly with “Good Morning America,” which has a digital presence powered by Yahoo!
“One of the big secrets to the success of Good Morning America is goodmorningamerica.com, powered by Yahoo!” said ABC News president Ben Sherwood on stage at the event.
Now, ABC is bringing what Sherwood called the “secret sauce” from its Yahoo! agreement to “ABC World News” and “Nightline.”
The short version: as people Tweet using the #TornadoWeek hashtag, a large fan in Weather’s Atlanta headquarters will spin faster, creating heavier and heavier winds for the poor interns manning the computers, topping out at the equivalent of an F-5 tornado. The channel is live-streaming it on YouTube.
In an interview, Roy Sekoff, the president and co-creator of HuffPost Live, did not rule out full-blown cable distribution in the future. He said AXS provided “a way to get on now,” emphasizing “now.”
The telecast will start on May 13. It will be shown weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time (the first half of HuffPost Live’s daily output), replacing the random assortment of repeats that AXS currently schedules during the day. Mr. Sekoff said The Huffington Post was not paying for the distribution, and AXS is not paying for the programming; the arrangement is mutually beneficial, he suggested, something that Mr. Cuban affirmed in a separate interview.
The deal also unites The Huffington Post with Dan Rather, the former “CBS Evening News” anchor who now hosts “Dan Rather Reports” on the channel.
“The Onion” is trying to make a TV comeback… sort of. The faux-news experts have a new pilot for Amazon’s Prime video service, and Amazon is letting viewers decide which pilots should be ordered to series (Watch the pilot here).
The pilot, called “Onion News Empire,” is a takeoff on HBO’s “The Newsroom” as well as the world of cable news, and stars Jeffrey Tambor as a pompous anchor at the Onion News Network and Christopher Masterson as the grizzled news boss.
“Are you upset we are showing unattractive people? I’m sorry, I know the policy,” Masterson’s charcater says to the channel’s CEO.
“No, I’m upset because the ratings report came in this morning, even CNN is gaining on us,” she replies, noting the declines in the “lesbian barista” and “lonesome cowboy” demos.