The news surrounding Digg founder Kevin Rose and the future of the popular tech culture web series Diggnation that he co-hosts, continues this week as details have emerged about his next web series. After rumors first hit the web last week that Rose was leaving Diggnation, presumably immediately, those were quickly quelled by Rose and Revision3, the network that owns the series. Instead, the 5-year old Diggnation would continue new episodes until the end of this year.
Now comes the news on TechCrunch that Rose’s new web series will be called ffoward (yes, with two f’s), and be a “weekly live streaming tech/geek culture show.” Not too much different sounding than Diggnation, except for the live streaming part, as most of that show’s episodes are pre-recorded.
Right now just a splash page is up on the show’s web site, which grabs an email address for those looking to stay updated on its launch. There’s also a Twitter account (@fforward) which appears to be one of Rose’s accounts posting occasional tech links since late 2008.
Rose told TechCrunch:
It’s been five years, Alex and I still have fun doing the show, but I think we’re both ready for less travel and something new (Alex currently lives in LA). ffoward is going to be unlike any show I’ve ever done, I’m excited to try some new ideas w/a live streaming audience. Diggnation will continue till the end of this year, we’ll be having a huge final live show sometime in November or December.
Revision3 said they are discussing with Rose about fforward being on their network, though it appears the show itself is being developed independently. As for the fate of Diggnation, it’s not clear other than Rose’s comments whether or not the show will in fact cease running in December. Revision3 says they haven’t yet made a determination on that end.
One idea from Jeff Macpherson (aka Tiki Bar TV’s Dr. Tiki) was to have the noted drinkologist replace Rose, pairing him up with longtime friend Alex Alrecht for a slightly different focus—Drinknation.