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Fuse News Welcomes Georgie Okell; Alexa Chung's final episode to air Dec. 19

By April Neale Dec 17, 2013, 12:12 GMT

Fuse News Welcomes Georgie Okell; Alexa Chung's final episode to air Dec. 19

Georgie Okell -- London, UK Landmark / PR Photos

Fuse announced today that Georgie Okell will be joining Fuse News, Fuse’s nightly music news program, beginning January 6, 2014 when the show returns from a planned winter hiatus.

Okell will join the rest of the Fuse News team, which includes Matte Babel, Jack Osbourne, and Liz Walaszczyk. Okell will replace Alexa Chung, who, after helping to launch the news program, has decided to make December 19 her last show.

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“We are excited to welcome Georgie to the Fuse News family and have no doubt, with Georgie’s tremendous background and knowledge of music, that she is the right person to continue building on our commitment to delivering informed, credible music news,” said Audrey Gruber, executive producer, Fuse News. “We are grateful for Alexa’s many contributions throughout the launch and development of the show. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors, and hope to see her make appearances on Fuse in the future.”

Hailing from Chester, UK, Georgie Okell has become a prominent voice in the music and entertainment industry. In 2010, she was approached for British TV Channel 4’s T4, a weekend pop culture programming slot, and quickly transitioned into an established and popular member of the Channel 4 team. In addition to T4, Okell hosted the Channel 4 series called Freshly Squeezed, a music-based breakfast show that featured celebrity interviews, videos and live performances. For the next three years, Okell traveled the world interviewing various artists and names throughout all genres of the music and film industry. Since her time at Channel 4, Okell has co-presented at the Cannes Film Festival and the 2012 NME Music Awards, as well as hosted and co-produced a live online talk show series known as The Fox Problem.

Okell’s passion for the music industry started while she was studying International Relations and French at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Along with her schoolwork, Okell devoted time and effort to becoming involved within the music industry by DJing regularly and hosting The Georgie O Show on St. Andrews Radio. Okell currently resides in New York where she works as a live DJ, hosts a weekly music show, Pop Goes the Future, on the iconic East Village Radio and is a music and fashion writer for VICE.

“As a fan of Fuse News, I could not be more excited to join the family. The show delivers an unmatched dedication to exploring the most important stories in the world of music and to showcasing the entire culture surrounding the industry,” said Georgie Okell. “I look forward to showing people every aspect of an industry I'm fascinated by, and taping Fuse News in the heart of Manhattan every day, right next to Madison Square Garden, is pretty amazing.”

“With Fuse News, I am proud to have played an integral role in the launch of the only show on television committed to delivering credible and insightful music news. I’ve had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite artists, attend music festivals, and work with incredible people on a program that’s very special to me,” said Alexa Chung. “Considering where I am in my career, I felt that this was the right time for me to move on. In leaving, I am confident that Georgie is the perfect person to step into this role and I’ll definitely be watching.”

In addition to delivering the top news of the day, Fuse News informs and educates viewers with an in-depth look at what makes up the increasingly complex world of music, including the artists, industry and technology, with commentary from the Fuse News team and expert panelists. John Norris serves as supervising producer, with Audrey Gruber as executive producer. The 30-minute show airs weeknights at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Fuse News television show is backed by a dedicated news division, which has been reliably breaking up-to-the-minute music news across Fuse’s multiple platforms since its creation in 2012. On the television network, 24/7 on-screen tickers and information bars keep viewers up-to-date on the latest stories including artist announcements, tour dates, breaking music news and more. Music lovers are also able to access what’s happening any time of day through Fuse’s website (fuse.tv) and YouTube Channel (youtube.com/fuse), along with Fuse’s other social media platforms including the Fuse Spotify app, Twitter feed and Facebook page.

As the national network dedicated to music, Fuse is committed to delivering outstanding content that features the characters, stories, performances, and perspectives that make up the dynamic world of music. Fuse News is part of Fuse’s original music programming lineup, which also includes: Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street, a music and pop culture trivia show starring Daytime Emmy® nominee Billy Eichner; Warped Roadies, an unscripted program that follows the crew charged with keeping the Vans Warped Tour running; Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce which follows “Bounce” pioneer Big Freedia on her journey from local New Orleans icon to national phenomenon; and Insane Clown Posse Theater, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope’s twisted take on what’s new in music and popular culture, along with Top 20 Countdown and Trending 10. Additionally, Fuse covers live concerts and events, and boasts comprehensive coverage of music festivals throughout the country, including South by Southwest, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and the Voodoo Music Experience.



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