Tattle: Comcast dials up 4 minority nets

Adele accepts her best-album award at the BRIT Music Awardsyesterday in London.
Adele accepts her best-album award at the BRIT Music Awardsyesterday in London. (DAVE HOGAN / GETTY IMAGES)
Posted: February 22, 2012

COMCAST'S TAKEOVER of pre-"Smash" NBC/Universal came with a price steeper than owning some of network television's crappiest shows.

As part of its agreement with the FCC and the Department of Justice, the media giant will launch four minority-owned networks on its cable-TV systems in the next two years.

The networks announced yesterday include:

* Revolt, a channel conceived by "P. Diddy" Combs and MTV veteran Andy Schuon, and surprisingly, not about an uprising of people who get their Comcast bill. Revolt will have programming that includes music videos, live performances, music news and interviews. Sounds like that new Ryan Seacrest channel.

Revolt is slated to launch in 2013.

* Aspire, to be led by Earvin "Magic" Johnson in partnership with GMC TV, will dedicate itself to enlightening and positive programming aimed at black families.

It will air movies, documentaries, music and comedy, as well as faith and inspirational programs.

It will launch this summer. And in a couple of years it will merge with OWN.

* El Rey, proposed by Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures executives John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, is designed to be an action-packed, general-entertainment network for Latino and general audiences.

El Rey, not to be confused with the Stephen Starr restaurant of the same name, is scheduled to debut by January 2014.

* BabyFirst Americas, from Spanish-language TV veteran Constantino "Said" Schwarz, is designed for very young children and their parents.

It will emphasize the importance of early development of verbal, math and motor skills, the network said.

Plans are for it to be on-air in April.

* YouTube, meanwhile, is creating 25 hours of programming per day with the help of some established names in traditional TV and $100 million of Google's money.

Soon there is going to be an endless supply of cheaply produced programming.

* In other "Magic" Johnson news, did you know he's now the owner of the "Soul Train" library and brand?

His company's CEO, Kenard Gibbs, told the Associated Press that the company was discussing a "Soul Train" TV variety show, talking about taking "Soul Train" to Broadway, looking into film and book deals and, in 2013, launching the first "Soul Train" cruise.

Uh, it's "Soul Train," not "Soul Boat."


Adele followed her Grammy

Awards triumph with a win at the U.K.'s BRIT music awards yesterday, taking the prize for best British female artist over Florence and the Machine, Jessie J, Laura Marling and Kate Bush.

"It's been an amazing year," Adele said, receiving the prize from petite pop star Kylie Minogue.

"I feel like a drag queen next to

you," joked Adele.

* Sleepover at Barnes & Noble,

girls. Justin Bieber has a second second book due out in September.

HarperCollins announced yesterday that it will publish Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started, described as "the second official photographic book" from Selena Gomez's boytoy.

* With the blessing of Maurice

Sendak, Stephen Colbert is writing a children's book.

Grand Central Publishing said that it will publish I Am a Pole (And So Can You!). It'll be out May 8.

Claiming he was looking to "cash in" on celebrity children's books, Colbert penned an illustrated story about a flag pole's quest for identity.

* On "Extra," Angelina Jolie

told Jerry Penacoli that now that Prop 8 has been overturned in California, she and Brad Pitt may be ready to marry.

And the tabloids rejoiced.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com

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