Music net launching into news with daily program

Music cabler Fuse is branching into the news space with flagship show “Fuse News,” slated to bow Feb. 6 with special coverage of the Grammy Awards.

“Fuse News” will focus on in-depth coverage of the music world. Alexa Chung and Matte Babel will anchor the show. Jack Osbourne, Elaine Moran and Liz Walaszczyk will serve as senior contributing correspondents. Broadcast news vet Rick Kaplan and Audrey Gruber are the senior exec producers behind “Fuse News.”

Daily, half-hour program is the centerpiece of Fuse’s music news division, which launched last fall. After completing extensive Grammy coverage on Feb. 11, “Fuse News” will settle into its scheduled timeslot, weeknights at 8 p.m.

“With ‘Fuse News,’ we want to throw open the window to the world of music, delivering in-depth reports on the people and events that shape this dynamic and ever-changing industry,” said Kaplan. “There are news shows that focus on sports, business and entertainment, but none that are committed to covering music. We think there is a tremendous opportunity for Fuse News to fill a void and become the trusted, go-to destination for music fans.”

Mike Bair, prexy of Madison Square Garden Media, Fuse’s parent company, stated that the launch of “Fuse News” “perfectly leverages our insider status as part of the Madison Square Garden Company, which gives Fuse unprecedented access to some of the best venues in the country and the artists who play them.”

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