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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.

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Huffington Post Co-Founder Sets His Sights on Cable News

One of the co-founders of The Huffington Post, Ken Lerer (pictured), is launching a new news startup. Rather than try and compete with his former colleagues at HuffPost, Lerer and his team have their sights set a bit higher: on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel.

AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka reports:

The service, which will launch this summer in advance of the U.S. Presidential elections, will use a mix of live streaming video and taped reports, and a mix of professionally produced segments along with contributions from amateurs.

While BedRocket has landed four YouTube “channel” deals for its programming, the new venture won’t be confined to any particular platform. Lerer and company have been promoting the idea that the service will rely heavily on social media like Facebook and Twitter for distribution.

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NY Mag’s ‘Chasing Fox’: The Takeaway for MSNBC

New York magazine’s “Chasing Fox” cover story this week is a lengthy, in-depth look at the state of the cable news channels. TVNewser will be highlighting the takeaways from the article for each of the three networks today.

For MSNBC, the article paints a complicated picture. After giving some history of the network, and introducing the key players, the story reveals a few juicy tidbits, like the fact that MSNBC tried to buy The Huffington Post, only to be rebuffed by HuffPost co-founder Ken Lerer.

For most cable news fanatics, however, it is the intra-network squabbling that will likely draw most of the attention:

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