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Tribune Acquires TV by the Numbers

tv by the numbersTribune Digital Ventures has agreed to acquire TV by the Numbers for an undisclosed amount.

TV by the Numbers has partnered with Zap2it, the Tribune-owned television news and listings site, since 2010. With Tribune’s acquisition of TV by the Numbers, Zap2it will be relaunched “with a renewed focus on helping TV fans discover programs to watch across linear TV and streaming services.”

“Zap2it has been a great partner to us for over 3 years and both Bill [Gorman] and I are very excited that TVBTN is now formally a part of Zap2it,” founder  wrote on TV by the Numbers this morning. “Many of you thought they already owned us, and while we expect exciting additions down the road, for now you can expect the same regular ratings coverage, aggregation and renewal and cancellation predictions that you’ve come to know and love (some more than others!).”

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NBCU Shutters Two Websites

TWOPdailycandyYou’ve surely heard of them, maybe you’ve visited them from time to time, but the days of Daily Candy and Television Without Pity are numbered. NBCUniversal Digital is shuttering the sites.

Comcast acquired Daily Candy for $125 million in 2008. Following Comcast’s acquisition of NBCU in 2010, Daily Candy became part of the NBCU Digital Network. Launched in 2000 by journalist/entrepreneur Dany Levy, Daily Candy was a pioneer in online newsletters geared toward women and featuring fashion, food, and entertainment.

TelvisionWithoutPity, meant for TV junkies, provides witty, usually mocking, episode recaps about television’s most popular shows. The site was acquired by NBCU’s Bravo in 2007. It will cease operations April 4 with forums remaining open until May 31.

Kara Swisher at Re/Code — in which the NBC News Group is a major investor –  reports 64 employees at Daily Candy and three at TWop will lose their jobs. “Apparently, many of those staffers — largely located in New York — might be offered jobs at other NBCU properties, but that is not a certainty,” Swisher writes.

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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