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iVillage to Be Shuttered as Standalone Site, Folded into Today.com

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 10.24.51 PMiVillage, one of the earliest websites for women, will be folded into Today.com next spring, TVNewser has learned. The news of the dissolution of the standalone site is the second such move today. As TVNewser reported earlier, NBCLatino.com will be folded into NBCNews.com, eliminating three positions.

The iVillage changes will results in the loss of up to 12 jobs.

“Combining these strong lifestyle brands under the ‘Today’ banner will give iVillage much bigger reach and will further integrate it with NBC News,” a spokesperson tells TVNewser. “We are actively trying to find roles for those affected elsewhere in the company.”

iVillage was founded in 1995 by Candice Carpenter, Nancy Evans, Robert Levitan, and Tina Sharkey as one of the first Silicon Alley startups and one of the first websites targeted to women. The company had a high-flying IPO in 1999, when shares reached $100, only to crash in the dot com bubble two years later.

NBC Universal acquired iVillage in 2006. In 2007-2008 NBC produced two successive but unsuccessful iVillage-themed TV shows for local stations. Last year, the site moved from the NBC Entertainment digital group to the NBC News digital group.

Under new NBC News president Deborah Turness there is more emphasis on integrating digital and broadcast assets. The iVillage and NBCLatino moves come as the head of NBC News digital Vivian Schiller departs NBC for Twitter.

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Julian March to Join NBC News as SVP of Editorial and Innovation

JulianMarchNBC News president Deborah Turness is bringing on a deputy from her former network: Britain’s ITV.

Beginning in January, Julian March will be NBC News’ Senior Vice President of Editorial and Innovation, a new position. March is currently Director of Online for ITV where, until July, Turness was Editor.

March will have responsibility for all digital businesses, taking over for Vivian Schiller who is moving to Twitter where she will be head of news. But his duties will go beyond digital to daily editorial as Turness seeks to further integrate NBC News digital and broadcast.

“Julian is the perfect person for this exciting new strategic and editorial role,” Turness said in a memo to NBC News staff. “He is not only a talented, extremely capable and dynamic journalist with decades of television news experience, he’s also a proven digital leader and innovator with a very unique understanding of the intersection of broadcast news and digital.”

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Vivian Schiller Leaving NBC News for Twitter

NBC News senior vice president and chief digital officer Vivian Schiller is joining Twitter as head of News.

Schiller’s move to Twitter will come after the company’s IPO which is set for Nov. 7. Schiller joined NBC News in June, 2011 from NPR where she had been CEO. She resigned from NPR in March, 2011, following two controversies, including the very public firing from NPR of Fox News analyst Juan Williams. Prior to NPR, Schiller was SVP of General Manager of NYTimes.com and, before that, she spent four years as SVP of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications.

The WebNewser Ticker: Weather, Twitter²

  • The Weather Company (owner of The Weather Channel) has relaunched Weather.com today. For users that means more localized news, less clutter and responsive design. For Advertisers, it means new ad units, including homepage takeover opportunities.

  • Twitter launched its Twitter TV rating this week, tracking what people are saying about TV shows on Twitter, and trying to figure out how many people see each tweet. Lost Remote has more.

  • Speaking of Twitter, AllThingsD reports that NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller is the leading candidate to become Twitter’s head of news. The position will serve as the chief liaison between Twitter and news organizations.

The Digital Ticker: Krakauer, Smee, Ashburn

  • Former TVNewser editor Steve Krakauer is leaving CNN, where he is senior digital producer, for Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze, where he will be VP of Digital Content. “The Blaze is at the forefront of understanding the new ways people consume news and entertainment,” says Krakauer. “Being able to help shape where it’s going was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

  • NBC News Digital is creating an Original Video Unit for social, mobile and web audiences. Bill Smee, who had been EP of the award-winning Slate V, will head up the group. Says NBC News digital SVP Vivian Schiller: “We will now have an additional focus on original video that extends the news division’s on-air and digital brands.”

  • DailyDownload’s Lauren Ashburn has followed Howard Kurtz to Fox News. According to HuffingtonPost, Ashburn will be a contributor to Fox News and Fox Business while continuing to run the social media-focused website. Kurtz was an early contributor to the site.

Here’s Why NBC News Acquired User-Generated Live Video Service Stringwire

This morning NBC News announced that it had acquired Stringwire, a user-generated live video service that lets news organizations request video footage, and have that live feed pushed directly to their control rooms, website, or wherever it needs to be. Stringwire founder Phil Groman will be joining NBC News as a product lead, based out of San Francisco.

The NY TimesBrian Stelter broke the story last night, and interviewed NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller about it:

“You could get 30 people all feeding video, holding up their smartphones, and then we could look at that,” she said in an interview by phone. “We’ll be able to publish and broadcast some of them.”

“Wherever you see a swarm of eyewitnesses on Twitter, that’s the sweet spot for Stringwire,” she said, citing the July 6 crash-landing of an Asiana jet in San Francisco. That day, photos from a passenger and a short YouTube video from the terminal were the primary images on television until a local news helicopter arrived.

The move is an important one for NBC, as the battle among TV news organizations slowly continues its shift online, and user-generated content continues to make itself a vital part of any newsgathering operation.

While UGC has been featured on TV newscasts for years, live video is the one area that is yet to break through. User-generated photos and videos really first proved their worth during coverage of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, with dozens of students taking photos and video of the aftermath. CNN’s iReport was the biggest beneficiary, and to this day it remains the largest and most robust of the user-generated content initiatives that TV organizations have built.
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The AM Ticker: Zucker/Waywire, ‘Today’/App, USGA/Fox Sports

  • CNN president Jeff Zucker‘s 15-year old son has resigned from the board of Waywire, an online video start-up co-founded by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the New York Post reports. The younger Zucker was hired as a “millennial adviser” and was granted stock options.

  • NBC’s “Today” has officially launched its new app for iOS and Android devices. “The new ‘Today’ app is just the first in a series of major launches in the coming months,” NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller says.

  • In a deal that rocked the sports media world, Fox Sports inked an agreement with the USGA to carry the U.S. Open golf tournament starting in 2015. Fox and Fox Sports 1 will now have championship golf for the first time, as they continue to add sports rights to compete with ESPN.

One Year After Microsoft Deal, The Future Of NBC News Digital Takes Shape

A year ago today, NBCUniversal completed its acquisition of MSNBC.com, securing the half of the company that was controlled by Microsoft. NBCU spent approximately $195 million on the acquisition.

Today, NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller previewed what is coming down the pipeline for NBC News Digital, in an email to staff (read the whole thing after the jump).

Some of the changes are things we already knew: a new MSNBC.com focused on the cable channel, and a refreshed look for NBCNews.com. That said, there are a number of other changes and additions coming soon, including new apps and what sounds like a major push for “TV Everywhere”:

- The mobile team will ship a brand new app for TODAY with groundbreaking split-screen functionality that enables users to watch video while simultaneously browsing articles and photos.

- Breaking News will also launch a new version of its app that includes first-of-its-kind options to personalize breaking news feeds.

- We’ll usher in a completely new digital property, msnbc.com— the digital destination for smart and engaging dialogue, opinions and perspectives.

- iVillage will relaunch a new as a community-driven platform surfacing the most important perspectives on topics that matter most to women.

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MSNBC Assumes Control Of TheGrio

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.

That full memo, after the jump.
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NBC News Shutters EveryBlock

NBC News Digital has shuttered EveryBlock, the hyperlocal news startup it acquired in 2009.

“As we continue to grow and evolve the NBC News Digital portfolio, we are focused on investing in content, products and platforms that play to our core strengths,” wrote NBC news chief digital officer Vivian Schiller in an email to staff. “The decision to shut down the site was difficult, but in the end, we didn’t see a strategic fit for EveryBlock within the portfolio.”

The farewell blog post has garnered hundreds of supportive comments, with many regular readers disappointed that NBC didn’t keep it going that much longer.

NBC acquired sole control of EveryBlock last year when it parted ways with Microsoft. Schiller told the New York Times that they considered selling it, but that the numbers didn’t work out.

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