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The Morning Ticker: Palin, Carney, Auerbach

  • The Sarah Palin Channel, part of TAPP network of personality-driven online networks, has launched. “Are you tired of the media filters?, Well, I am,” Palin says in a launch video. This is the first channel from TAPP founders Jon Klein, former president of CNN/U.S. and Jeff Gaspin, former chairman of NBCU TV.

  • Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney makes his first visit to the “Late Show with David Letterman” tonight. Carney, a former reporter for TIME, stepped down in May.

  • Jon Auerbach is the new EP of CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Auerbach has been with CNN for the last four years, working on John King‘s show. Before that, he was managing editor at WCBS, editor for Metro and an editor at Star magazine and the New York Post.

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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.

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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Steve Capus, Mark Hoffman to Remain in Place Once Comcast Completes NBC Universal Acquisition

Comcast has officially announced the senior leadership team for the new company that will be formed when it completes its acquisition of NBC Universal.

For the news divisions the changes appear to be minimal, with both NBC News president Steve Capus and CNBC president Mark Hoffman remaining in place, reporting to incoming CEO Steve Burke.

The fact that Capus did not receive oversight of CNBC is somewhat surprising, although sources at the financial network say that Hoffman was not keen on having to report to Capus, and the strong performance of the channel ($723 million in operating revenue, according to SNL Kagan), led Comcast execs to do what they could to keep him around.

The only top level execs to depart once the deal closes will be CEO Jeff Zucker, NBC Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin, communications and PR chief Allison Gollust and NBC sales and marketing boss Mike Pilot.

At the moment the deal is in the hands of the FCC and DOJ, who both have to sign off on it before it becomes official. It is expected that it will be approved–with conditions–by the end of the year, although the timeline could slip into early 2011.

Burke announced the changes in a memo to staffers this morning. That memo is after the jump.

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NBCU’s Gaspin Acknowledges NBC Will Share Piers Morgan with CNN

morgan1_7-30.jpgThe Wrap reports that NBCU Television Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin has seemingly confirmed what many have been anticipating: Piers Morgan will be splitting his time between NBC and CNN. Hunter Walker writes, “Asked whether the contract meant NBC would be sharing Morgan with CNN, Gaspin has a one word reply: ‘Yes.’” The exchange took place at the TCA summer press tour Thursday.

As was reported, Morgan’s NBC contract and the obligations involved would have likely prevented CNN from entering direct negotiations until a certain time.

CNN is declining to comment at the moment. TVNewser has learned, however, that negotiations are underway, which should not come as a surprise.

Update: The Wrap has just updated its story to include this addition: “Gaspin later spoke to TheWrap to clarify his comments saying, ‘We have relaxed his exclusivity and allowed him to talk to CNN.’ Gaspin said he could not speak to any deal between CNN and Morgan.”

Jeff Zucker: ‘At the End of the Day Jay at 10 O’clock Didn’t Work, and I Take Responsibility for That’

NBC_1.17.gifThe NYTimes’ Tim Arango sat down with NBCU president Jeff Zucker Friday — the end of a week during which his network’s late-night misfortune, and his running of the 84-year-old company, became the news. The story appears on the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper.

Zucker admits affiliate pressure ultimately brought an end to “The Jay Leno Show.”

In early January he got a call from his entertainment chief Jeff Gaspin who’d been hearing from restless NBC stations. “It was becoming tough to deal with,” Zucker said. “The pressure from the affiliate body was strong.”

“At the end of the day Jay at 10 o’clock didn’t work. And I take responsibility for that.”

But Zucker was not alone in his 30 Rock office during the interview. One of NBC’s most successful — and well-liked — executives was there too, standing up for his boss:

At the end of the interview in Mr. Zucker’s office, Steve Capus, the head of NBC News, spoke up strongly on behalf of his boss, saying the news media had blown the late-night ordeal “out of proportion,” especially, he said, in light of more important stories like the tragedy in Haiti. “He is paying a price that is so out of whack with what is happening here,” he said.

‘Dateline’ Has Big Friday; May Be Part of New 10pm Lineup

dateline_logo_1-8.jpgA two-hour “Dateline NBC” centered on David and Sean Goldman‘s return to the United States was one of the most watched broadcast programs on Friday night, according to overnight ratings.

From 8-9pm, “Dateline” drew 7.55 million viewers, placing second for the hour. At 9pm, “Dateline” was number one and drew 10.35 million viewers, the largest audience of any show that night.

goldmandateline_1-8.jpgFor the season, it was the show’s second highest 18-49 and total-viewer result and the network’s highest numbers for any NBC program in the Friday 9-10pm hour.

The program was composed of exclusive interviews and footage from Goldman’s trip to Brazil to regain custody of his 9-year-old son and the pair’s travel back to the US. NBC News paid for the private jet they flew back on.

Strong ratings like these are likely part of the reason “Dateline” has been mentioned as a temporary fill-in for NBC’s 10pm time-slot once Jay Leno‘s program moves out. “There will probably be two scripted hours, another reality show, ‘Dateline’ or some re-runs,” NBC Universal TV Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin has said of the slot. “I’ve been thinking about that as long as I’ve been thinking I may have to make a change at 10 p.m.”

Bon Jovi’s Unusual Arrangement with NBC

bonjovitoday10-15.jpgJon Bon Jovi is coming to NBCU in a multi-network arrangement. For the next two months he’ll be an “artist in residence” while promoting his new album, “The Circle.”

But the arrangement was not done with the network approaching the singer. Instead, Bon Jovi’s manager suggested the idea, and the New Jersey rocker took it to NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker, who developed it with Jeff Gaspin, NBC’s chairman of entertainment. Bon Jovi will exclusively appear on NBC programming. The NYTimes reports:

These appearances will include the “Today” show, “The Tonight Show,” “The Jay Leno Show” and “Saturday Night Live” — and even an interview on the “NBC Nightly News” with Brian Williams.

Bon Jovi is even appearing on Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio,” where he will undoubtedly discuss his Olivier-esque roles in “Moonlight and Valentino” and “National Lampoon’s: Pucked.”

Singers often appear on TV news programs to promote their work or causes, but an elaborate arrangement like this including both entertainment and news programs is uncommon. When asked how the deal fits within the news division, an NBC News spokesperson told TVNewser, “Any appearance by Bon Jovi will fall within NBC News standards.” The spokesperson also told us Bon Jovi would have been booked for a concert and a “Nightly” story regardless of the “artist in residence” title.

The “Nightly” segment will be part of the “Making a Difference” series and will highlight Bon Jovi’s philanthropic work. Reports The Times: “His foundation has supported the building of about 200 houses in Newark and Philadelphia and has plans to participate in setting up a project called a Robin Hood restaurant in Red Bank, N.J., an idea that came from a previous segment on the NBC newscast.”

This is not the first time “Nightly News” has featured a popular musician on the program. In 2006, Brian Williams traveled to Africa and followed Bono for three days covering his humanitarian efforts.