Headlines for 5/23/13

NBC Plans Blake Shelton Tornado Benefit Next Week
The Voice judge and Oklahoma native wants to put together a relief concert in support of victims of the massive Oklahoma tornado that hit earlier this week, killing dozens. Now NBC is working fast to make it happen. [Deadline]

Discovery to Launch 'TestTube' Online Video Network
Discovery Communications is launching its first online video network, with original series available free, hoping to capture younger viewers harder to reach through traditional TV. The new online network dubbed TestTube will run 15 original online shows, available free on platforms like YouTube, Xbox and its own website. [Wall Street Journal] [WARNING: $$$ PAYWALL $$$]

Piers Morgan Writing Book About Life At CNN
Piers Morgan is going behind the scenes.The host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" has a deal with Gallery Books for "Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney." Gallery, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Wednesday that the book is scheduled for October. [AP/TVNewsCheck]

‘PBS NewsHour’ driver killed by off-duty deputy, police say
Julian Dawkins went to his aunt’s house in Alexandria on Tuesday night to celebrate: His cousin had just learned that she had made the Washington Mystics roster for this season. When the gathering ended, a neighbor heard Dawkins talking with, then arguing with, then chasing a man down the street. According to police, Dawkins, 22, a shuttle driver for the “PBS NewsHour,” was fatally shot by an off-duty Arlington County sheriff’s deputy. Family members say they are still struggling to understand why. [Washington Post]

Robin Roberts to Write a Memoir
Robin Roberts, the “Good Morning America” anchor who has chronicled her bout with life-threatening illnesses before millions of viewers, will write about it in a new memoir, her publisher said on Wednesday. The book, which is currently untitled, will be released in April 2014. [NY Times]


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