Weigel-Backed TouchVision Shuts Down

The Chicago-based multiplatform digital programming service abruptly ceased operations after two years on Thursday.

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Lee Abrams Hopes To Re-Invent Local News

This time, it’s with TouchVision, a 24/7 news network that stations can participate in and stream to TV, online, tablets and phones. Broadcasters get three minutes per hour for local news inserts, five minutes of ad time for every seven minutes the network gets, exclusivity in their markets (including on digital platforms) and promotional opportunities.

Lee Abrams Launching Digital News Stream

Ex-Tribune Co. exec Lee Abrams to launch TouchVision, a 24/7 digital news operation with exec. producer Bill Carey, creative director Dave Logan and managing editor Kathryn Janicek. Headquartered at Weigel Broadcasting Co. in Chicago, “TouchVision Network will have no on-air anchors or reporters; instead the story is the star,” the startup says.