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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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Pat Fili-Krushel on MSNBC’s Ratings, Matt Lauer’s Future at ‘Today’

NBCUniversal ExecutivesNBC News Group chairman Patricia Fili-Krushel gives a wide-ranging interview to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie. She answers questions on MSNBC’s ratings, the  now canceled Hillary Clinton miniseries project and Matt Lauer‘s future at the “Today” show:

Before he signed his contract in 2012, Matt Lauer explored doing daytime with Katie Couric and jumping to ABC News. If he did not want to stay on Today, would he still have a place at NBC News?

Absolutely. He is arguably the most talented interviewer across the morning television scene — there is no one like him. That’s a grueling time period — it’s a lot of television. It’s a lot of prep, and Matt really preps. We hope he wants to last out at least this contract on the Today show. But there’s a place for him not only at NBC News but also at the company.

Do you want him to stay on Today after his contract is up in 2015? Read more

UJA to Honor Bloomberg Media Group CEO Andy Lack

UJA-Federation of New York will honor Bloomberg Media Group CEO Andy Lack at its annual broadcast, cable and film event next month.

Lack, who joined Bloomberg in 2008, will be presented with the award by Katie Couric. NBC’s Matt Lauer will serve as the emcee of the event at The Edison Ballroom on April 9. The annual award honors a professional in the field “for his or her philanthropic leadership and service to the New York Jewish community.”

Event chairs include NBC News Group chairman Patricia Fili-Krushel, CBS News anchor Charlie Rose, and ABC News president Ben Sherwood.

Layoffs Reported at CNBC

The New York Post is reporting that there were layoffs handed down at CNBC Friday:

CNBC is laying off a handful of staffers today, according to sources close to the network. The pink slips are part of a company-wide mandate to cut 450 positions across NBCUniversal.

The positions are believed to be low-level and number less than 10. The changes come as NBC News Chair Patricia Fili-Krushel makes her mark in the news division.

A CNBC spokesperson declined to comment on the report.