Companies news of 2008-01-01 (page 1)

  • New Web Service - - to Build on Journalistic Tradition of The Post...
  • MSN and NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' Team Up to Launch 'The Biggest Loser' Million Pound...
  • Video: Lucky Winner of 2008 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway to Experience Home in a Tropical...

    New Web Service - - to Build on Journalistic Tradition of The Post NewspapersSite will focus on Northern Kentucky news and information

    CINCINNATI, Jan. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Building on the 126-year journalistic tradition of The Post newspapers, a new Internet service called launched today to meet the growing demand from Northern Kentucky media consumers for up-to-the-minute local news, sports and entertainment information. will deliver a wide range of easy-to-access and relevant content, with an emphasis on breaking local news, traffic advisories, prep sports scores and schedules, weather, local obituaries and more, all with an entirely Northern Kentucky focus.

    With its targeted mission of spotlighting "Life in the 859," also will include video news, Kentucky news by the Associated Press, and feature content relevant to Northern Kentuckians that's created and distributed by the Scripps Media Center in Washington D.C., which has been designed as an easy-to-use platform for citizen journalists and contributors of user-generated content, also will include information and news stories on Northern Kentucky's local religious communities, outdoor life and community events. will operate as a standalone, advertising-supported local media brand. It will be hosted by WCPO-TV and its Web site, also will benefit from video content and local reporting provided by WCPO that's relevant to Northern Kentucky residents., WCPO and are all local media businesses operated by The E. W. Scripps Company.

    "After considerable analysis, we determined that the next chapter in the long and successful story of The Post should be found on the Web," said Rich Boehne, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Scripps. "The launch of demonstrates our commitment at Scripps to deliver news and information that's particularly relevant to Northern Kentucky."

    Editorial direction for will be provided by Kerry Duke, a veteran newspaper and online journalist who has been serving as projects editor for The Kentucky Post. As managing editor for, Duke will be responsible for the design and content of the Web site.

    Advertising sales will be directed by a sales staff dedicated specifically to building as a self-supporting media business.

    "At this stage, is very much a work in progress, so we'll be looking to the people using the site to help us determine what's most relevant to them," Duke said. "It's our intention to honor the tradition of The Kentucky Post by building a vibrant online media service that captures the essence of what it means to live in Northern Kentucky. We'll be leveraging the power of the Internet to build online communities of people with like interests and concerns, as well as establishing ourselves as the most dependable source for Northern Kentucky news and information."

    About is an interactive, online news and information community serving the Northern Kentucky neighborhoods of Greater Cincinnati. Operated by The E. W. Scripps Company , the Web site is a standalone, advertising-supported service that delivers up-to-the-minute and relevant news and information and provides an easy-to-use platform for a wide range of user- generated content.

    The E. W. Scripps Company

    CONTACT: Kerry Duke of, +1-513-233-1474,

    Web site:

    MSN and NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' Team Up to Launch 'The Biggest Loser' Million Pound Match-UpStarting today, Americans will have the opportunity to team up and compete in a nationwide effort to lose over 1 million pounds.

    REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

    Who: MSN Health & Fitness and NBC's "The Biggest Loser" today announced "The Biggest Loser" Million Pound Match-Up, a challenge to America to lose 1 million pounds during the course of the show "The Biggest Loser: Couples." (Logo: ) What: From Jan. 1 to March 11, 2008, Americans will have the opportunity to register with a workout partner on and compete in "The Biggest Loser" Million Pound Match-Up, inspired by NBC's "The Biggest Loser: Couples." Participants will be able to test their fitness knowledge and receive expert fitness advice from "The Biggest Loser" trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels as well as from MSN Health & Fitness experts, and will have the chance to win daily prizes. Using Windows Live Spaces, participants can document their weight loss journey, connect with other participants in their area and help support each other in a virtual community. The top five teams will win a trip to Los Angeles for NBC's "The Biggest Loser: Couples" finale, and the winning team will get a luxury fitness trip for two and a personal trainer for a year. Why: To help inspire and motivate Americans, MSN Health & Fitness is teaming up with NBC's "The Biggest Loser" to launch "The Biggest Loser" Million Pound Match-Up to help provide a setting where Americans can join with a partner to lose weight and have fun while they do it. Where: Participants can visit to review full rules and details and sign up for the sweepstakes. Representatives of MSN and "The Biggest Loser" will be touring five cities -- Chicago, Houston, Miami, Wichita, Kan., and Mesa, Ariz. -- to help raise awareness of obesity in the United States, promote the sweepstakes and encourage Americans to participate. About MSN and Windows Live

    MSN attracts more than 465 million unique users worldwide per month. With localized versions available globally in 42 markets and 21 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering compelling programmed content experiences to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide. Windows Live, a set of personal Internet services and software, is designed to bring together in one place all the relationships, information and interests people care about most, with enhanced safety and security features across their PC, devices and the Web. MSN and Windows Live are offered alongside each other as complementary services. Some Windows Live services entered an early beta phase on Nov. 1, 2005; these and future beta updates can be found at Windows Live is available at MSN is located on the Web at MSN worldwide sites are located at

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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    Video: Lucky Winner of 2008 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway to Experience Home in a Tropical Paradise

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- A magical bayside spot, complete with white sand beaches, miles of coral reef and the crystal clear water of the Florida keys, awaits the winner of the 2008 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway(SM). One lucky viewer will receive a new, custom-designed and fully furnished bayside home located in the new development of The Shore at Islamorada, Florida in March, 2008.

    To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: (Video: )

    The HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2008 will be open for entries once per day beginning Tuesday, January 1 at 9:00 a.m. ET through Tuesday, February 19 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Viewers will get a peek inside the tropical-style house during HGTV Dream Home 2008 on Tuesday, January 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. During the special, Monica Pedersen, a designer with the network's popular series Designed to Sell, will take viewers on a visual excursion that includes every room in the house as well as its beautiful views of the Florida Bay. Specific entry information, a photo gallery and a 360 degree virtual tour of the 2008 HGTV Dream Home in Quick Time, along with "dreamy" design tips, will be available at Dream Home Central on beginning Monday, December 3, 2007.

    "This is one of the most incredible HGTV Dream Homes yet," said Jack Thomasson, HGTV House Planner. "Located right in the middle of the Florida Keys, close to the hot beaches and cool scenes of Miami and to the eclectic mix of the southern-most town of Key West, the home will be filled with all of the tropical charm and features you would expect in an HGTV Dream Home."

    The Grand Prize winner will receive a prize package that includes a fully-furnished home with over 3,500 square feet of living area, a 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid, a state of the art kitchen with high end appliances, and since Islamorada is the sport fishing capital of the world, there's even a room dedicated to fishing! Located in the garage of the home -- this room includes fishing equipment, maps, and everything an avid fisherman could want! The house will feature deep porches with beautiful views of the Florida Bay, and will evoke a casual elegance while providing the finest luxuries, comforts and conveniences in this tropical paradise.

    Again this year, HGTV will televise the moment when one lucky viewer will discover that they are the winner of the 2008 HGTV Dream Home during a surprise visit from the HGTV Dream Home team on March 16, 2008 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

    About the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway sweepstakes

    One of the most successful consumer promotions in cable TV history, the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway involves sponsorship from several national advertisers including GMC Division, General Motors Corporation, Lumber Liquidators, The Iams Company, BISSELL(R) Homecare, Inc., JELDWEN, inc., Moen Inc., Oldcastle Architectural, Inc., The Sherwin-Williams Company, Sub-Zero, Inc. & Wolf Appliance, Inc., California Closet Company Inc., Ethan Allen, Silestone, Wellborn and Hickory Hardware, Inc.

    About HGTV

    HGTV, America's leader in home and lifestyle programming, is distributed to more than 95 million U.S. households and is one of cable's top-rated networks. HGTV's website, is the nation's leading online home and garden destination that attracts an average of 5.2 million unique visitors per month. HGTV owns 33 percent of HGTV Canada and provides much of the Canadian network's daily programming. The network's branded programming also can be seen in 124 territories across all seven continents and its selected programming is available to service men and women on board Navy ships and through American Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS) which services more than 1,000 outlets in over 175 countries. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York, HGTV is wholly owned by The E.W. Scripps Company , which also operates Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living and Great American Country.

    Video: HGTV

    CONTACT: Emily Yarborough of HGTV, +1-865-803-3681,

    Web site:

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