Video News Program 'RightThisMinute' Expands Station Lineup, Adds New Host
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "RightThisMinute," the syndicated television program covering web video and YouTube stars, will clear 91% of the country, expanding its syndication to 182 stations for the 2014-2015 season, and will add Oli Pettigrew as a new host. The announcement came from John Bryan, MGM and MagicDust Television president of domestic distribution.
Beginning Sept. 8, Fox Television stations will air the program in 10 major markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, Monday through Friday in late morning and afternoon time slots, in addition to a weekend "best of" edition.
"Last season saw record viewership numbers nationwide, affirming our belief that TV audiences want to connect with compelling online video in a deeper way," said Phil Alvidrez, MagicDust executive in charge of production. "As 'RightThisMinute' expands into more markets than ever before, we look forward to covering the best of the web and giving online stars the coverage traditionally reserved for Hollywood talent."
Pettigrew will join a cast of hosts that includes Beth Troutman, Christian Vera, Nick Calderone and Gayle Bass. The Hong Kong native previously hosted "Lonely Planet: Six Degrees China" and "Cash Cab Asia," for which he won best entertainment host at the Asian Television Awards in 2012. Additionally, he's hosted shows for Channel News Asia, Channel V, Star World, HBO, Cinemax, Food Network, TLC and AXN.
"RightThisMinute," which began national syndication in its third season in 2013, was previously distributed to approximately 30% of the country. The program is syndicated by MGM Television and produced by MagicDust Television, in partnership with Cox Media Group, Raycom Media and E.W. Scripps.