Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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    • Yahoo, YouTube Gear Up To Battle Cable TVPaid Content

      Announcing new and renewed female-targeted video programming,Yahoo and YouTube are going after cable TV's "golden goose": "low-cost reality lifestyle programming aimed at female audiences – from Hoboken cake bakers to pro house flippers," according to Daniel Frankel. New endeavors include two shows on Yahoo starring Cat Deeley from "You Think You Can Dance," and fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff; and on YouTube, Meredith Corp.'s "DIGS, a home- and garden-themed lifestyle channel similar to cable’s DIY Channel," writes Frankel. "For programmers targeting the female lifestyle segment, partnering with video portals like YouTube provides a lower cost barrier to entry than the now largely unionized ... ...Read the whole story

    • With New Deal, David Letterman Becomes Longest-Running Late-Night Host The Washington Post

      By extending David Letterman's contract for his "Late Show" through 2014, CBS gave him a new title: longest-running late-night host, overturning  Johnny Carson's record of 30 years on TV after midnight. CBS also extended "Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson's contract through 2014. ...Read the whole story

    • Clash Of Titans: Winfrey, Couric, Palin On Competing ShowsNew York Times

      Katie Couric and Sarah Palin and Oprah Winfrey, oh my! All dueled on competing TV morning news shows this week, and Alessandra Stanley amusingly recounts Monday's on-air nuances. As guest host all week on ABC's "Good Morning America" opposite her former TV home, the "Today" show, Couric  "and the rest of the show’s co-hosts were as giddy and upbeat as a winning team preparing for its reward on 'The Apprentice.'" Meanwhile, despite an interview with Palin, set to host on Tuesday,  "The 'Today' hosts looked a lot like a losing team putting on a game face en route to Donald ... ...Read the whole story

    Online Summer Olympics Will Look a Lot Like Olympics on TV

    This summer's Olympic games won't be the first Olympics to boast thousands of hours of broadband video; but it will likely be the first to deliver the events across so many platforms, from the TV to ...More

    • The Sometimes-Fleeting Value Of TV Personality Brands

      Keith Olbermann is gone again. But where has his brand gone? Nine months into his Current TV thing, the controversial news anchor has been fired for... well, the usual reasons. He previously lasted some seven years ...More

    • Episode 502: 'Tea Leaves,' -- Or, Requiem For A Heavyweight

      To paraphrase Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, and/or fat suits so grotesque that their characters turn into the Macy's-Parade-balloon version of themselves. That's certainly ...More