Fuse aims to raise the stakes in the competition among music video networks by investing in more programs and expanding its management team.

Fuse aims to raise the stakes in the competition among music video networks by investing in more programs and expanding its management team.

Beginning the week of Jan. 17, Fuse will launch several new music series, including "Steven's Untitled Rock Show," "The F-List," "Fuse Action News," "Comp'd" and "Slave to the Metal."

In addition, New York-based Fuse has appointed Bill Rosolie as senior VP of advertising sales and Joe Glennon as senior VP of distribution.

Rosolie was previously senior VP/director of advertising sales at TV Guide Television Group. Glennon was a senior VP at Fuse operating company Rainbow Media Holdings, a unit of the network's owner, Cablevision Systems. Rosolie reports to David Kline, president/COO of advertising sales at Rainbow; Glennon reports to Cablevision Sports and Entertainment Networks president Andrea Greenberg.

Fuse's expansion comes at a time when it is without a president. Former president Marc Juris, who spearheaded the channel's launch, left the network in October 2004 to become GM of Court TV. Sources say Fuse is still actively seeking an executive for the top position.

Robert Weiss, Fuse head of entertainment and interactive media, says the network's new programs are "all music-centric, they deliver on our multiplatform promise, and they're true to the Fuse brand of being irreverent."

"Steven's Untitled Rock Show," hosted by VJ Steven Smith, will feature new and established alternative rock artists through music videos, live performances, news and interviews. The show debuts Jan. 17 and airs weekdays at 4 p.m. ET.

"The F-List," premiering Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. ET, is a weekly countdown show of music that has been generating buzz on the Internet.

Other new weekly shows are "Slave to the Metal" (premiering Jan. 21), an advice program for hard-rock/heavy-metal fans, and "Celebrity Tastemaker" (premiering Jan. 24), which features interview subjects picking their favorite music.

In addition, Fuse is launching monthly series, including concert program "Comp'd" (bowing Jan. 20 with a Sum 41 show), newsmagazine "Fusified" (Feb. 15) and music-meets-sports program "Fuse Worldwide Sports" (Feb. 22). In July, the network will launch the reality show "Ultimate Gig: The Fuse VJ Search."

Fuse claims to reach 37 million U.S. households, with a target audience of 12- to 34-year-olds.