Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Terror arrests coverage

At 0953 gmt, Adrian Finighan (in London) broke into a live edition World Sport (from London) to bring the latest details of terror arrests in the West Midlands region of England. Adrian brought the news from the London newsroom (old studio), as opposed to the new studio where World Sport with Pedro Pinto was coming from.
It is assumed that Pedro actually continued World Sport while the breaking news was going out, as World Sport is also taped for rebroadcast later in the day. Hence, Adrian was in the newsroom. (Aside, you can see Alphonso Van Marsh working in the background!)
Reports were continuously broadcast through the morning, including one breaking into the rerun of Larry King Live at 1030 gmt, with Adrian Finighan this time at the studio, and Paula Hancocks live at Downing Street, London.

Transparent graphics

From this morning (spotted at around 0910 gmt, during World News with Adrian Finighan in London) the CNNI logo and flipper are now semi-transparent. As recently as yesterday, these were always solid. This is believed to be the first tweak of the new graphics since they were introduced last year.

It'll be interesting to see if this is a permanent change. And if so, how will it work out during simulcasts of CNN/US, when the flipper is placed over the domestic CNN ticker.

[Update: It looks like this may have been an error - the logo and flipper are back to solid state at 2000 gmt]

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Charlie Rose Interviews

Jonathan Klein - President of CNN/US

Christiane Amanpour - CNN Chief International Correspondent (Guest Host)

Christiane Amanpour - CNN Chief International Correspondent

Anderson Cooper - Host, Anderson Cooper 360

Larry King - Host, Larry King Live

Judy Woodruff - Former Host, Inside Politics

more interviews...

Saturday, January 27, 2007

London newsroom lives on

As previously reported here, the previous London newsroom/studio, which used to grace the screens of CNNI every weekday, can still occasionally be seen. Below, Alphonso Van Marsh is seen reporting on 27 January 2007 from what became the temporary presentation position in the London newsroom, before the new set was launched at the end of last year.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Beirut clashes coverage

At 1356 gmt, CNNI broke into a commerical break during the rerun of World Sport, for some breaking news. Stephen Frazier, live in Atlanta, brought news of violent clashes in Beirut, Lebanon between students at the Arab Beirut University and government forces. Live pictures were shown from Lebanese-broadcaster LBC of the clashes.

Stephen also brought fresh news of a huge explosion in Baghdad and the latest from the operation around Haifa Street.

Andrew Stevens, live in Hong Kong, took over from Stephen Frazier at 1400 gmt while live pictures from LBC continued.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Insight was missing from the CNNI schedules again this evening. Instead, at 1900 gmt we had another half hour of Your World Today, live from Atlanta with Jim Clancy and Hala Gorani.

However, Johnathan Mann, host of Insight, is around as he presented a live report from the CNNI set about last night's State of the Union address.

Insight is usually re-run at 2300 gmt - this may be live tonight instead.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Stephen Frazier's wind problem

During the whole of World News at 1300 gmt today, live from Atlanta, there was a steady breeze audible from Stephen Frazier's microphone. Surprisingly, nothing was done to prevent this distracting noise throughout the programme. There is a portable fan around the desk at the CNNI Atlanta set (usually under the desk) - presumably the microphone was picking up a breeze from that.
Aside, CNNI might want to invest in a quieter printer for the Atlanta set. There is a laserjet printer behind the anchor desk, which is quite often in use on-air. It is usually clearly audible in the background, working away!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

CNN Connects this week

This Thursday, Becky Anderson presents a special "CNN Connects: Our Networked World" from the Davos Economic Forum in Switzerland. This begins at 2200 gmt, in place of the scheduled "Business International".

CNNI's business anchors and reporters will be presenting a week of special programming from the Davos Forum, as per previous years. Catch these reports throughout each day on CNNI.

Indonesia quake coverage

At 1152 gmt, Rosemary Church live in Atlanta broke into the re-run of World Sport to bring the first breaking news of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake just off Sulawesi, Indonesia. No tsunami warning had yet been issued at this time. These were literally the only details available at the time, and Rose handed back to World Sport in progress.

Neither BBC News 24 or Sky News were reporting this news at the time, making CNNI the first.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Murder of Turkish journalist coverage

At 1337 gmt, CNNI broke into the re-run of this morning's World Sport, with live breaking news coverage hosted by Colleen McEdwards, live in Atlanta.

The news was of the gunning down of Turkish journalist Hrant Dink in Istanbul. CNN Turk is being shown live on CNNI, with Colleen interviewing CNN Turk journalists by phone, in English.

World News Asia started at 1400 gmt as scheduled, hosted by Anjali Rao in Hong Kong, and lead on this story.

CNN Takes State of Union Address across Numerous Platforms

CNN Pressroom - Taking advantage of the “Best Political Team in Television” and numerous broadcasting platforms, CNN will provide the most comprehensive coverage and analysis of President George W. Bush’s sixth State of the Union address available anywhere. A special edition of The Situation Room anchored by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Paula Zahn kicks off network coverage on Tuesday, Jan. 23, beginning at 7 p.m.

With the expertise of the “Best Political Team in Television,” CNN correspondents Dana Bash, Candy Crowley, Ed Henry, John King, Andrea Koppel, John Roberts and CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider will provide insight and reports throughout the network’s prime-time coverage. Contributors Paul Begala, J.C. Watts and others will also provide analysis throughout the evening. The network’s special coverage will also include the Democratic Party’s response by Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia.

Following the Democratic response at approximately 10:30 p.m., CNN’s Anderson Cooper takes over anchoring duties, broadcasting live from the nation’s capital. For this special edition of Anderson Cooper 360°, he will be joined by congressional members and analysts.
CNN’s Larry King hosts a special edition of Larry King Live beginning at midnight with top political leaders and analysts.

CNN International will broadcast Bush’s speech and simulcast much of CNN/U.S. coverage. Several international correspondents, including Christiane Amanpour, Arwa Damon, Jill Dougherty, Michael Holmes, Aneesh Raman, Nic Robertson and Michael Ware, are positioned around the globe for interviews and reactions to the speeches.

CNN Radio will offer live, anchored coverage of both the president’s address and the Democratic response, complete with special reports, live shots, custom reports, sound bites from the speeches, reaction from political experts and analysis from CNN’s political team.

Online, provides full coverage of Bush’s address and the Democratic response with on-the-scene reports from CNN correspondents, analysis, fact-checking of key points in the address and response, user reactions to the speeches, transcripts and on-demand video.

In addition, CNN Pipeline will offer a free day of complete live coverage of the State of the Union address and the Democratic response, as well as related reports, through real-time, streaming coverage on up to four simultaneous feeds. CNN Pipeline’s special coverage includes a full day of Washington, D.C.-based reports and on-demand video of the best and most notable moments from previous State of the Union addresses.

For affiliates, CNN Newsource will provide live reports of the State of the Union and the Democratic response starting at 6 a.m. Correspondent Sumi Das will provide coverage until noon, while correspondent Kyung Lah will provide coverage from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. the next day.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; four Web sites, including, the first major news and information Web site; CNN Pipeline,’s premium live news video service; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and partnerships for four television networks and one Web site.

All times Eastern

Thursday, January 18, 2007

State of the Union coverage, free Pipeline

CNN has announced details of its special coverage for the State of the Union address and Democratic response on Tuesday 23 January 2007. This includes:

  • Special coverage on CNN/US beginning at 7pm ET (0000 gmt) with The Situation Room, live coverage of the address and response, and a special Larry King Live at midnight ET (0500 gmt)
  • CNN International will simulcast much of the above coverage from CNN/US, including the address.
  • CNN Radio will also carry live coverage and reaction
  • CNN Pipeline will be free all day and night with up to the minute coverage on all four pipes.

New look CNN Pipeline page has redesigned the Pipeline homepage with a new walkthrough/talkthrough tour of its services. Go to to see the new page.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Thailand’s military junta censors CNN Thaksin interview

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CNN Takes News into High-Definition Era with CNN-HD

CNN Pressroom - Network to Become First Nationwide High-Definition News Channel with Launch of CNN-HD in Fall 2007

In another pioneering move in network news, CNN plans to claim its position in the high-definition space with the launch of the first nationwide high-definition news channel, it was announced this week by Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide. CNN-HD is slated for a Fall 2007 launch.

“CNN has traditionally stood as a first mover in broadcast technology, not only with 24-hour news but with newsgathering from every part of the globe,” said Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide. “CNN takes the news industry’s first giant step into high definition with CNN-HD.”

“Given that CNN continues to attract a greater number of unique viewers than any other cable news network, it’s the optimal choice for the next high-definition offering from Turner Broadcasting,” said Coleman Breland, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Turner Network Sales. “We’re pleased to offer this compelling network in high definition to our distribution partners and viewers.”

One distributor, DIRECTV, has already announced they will carry CNN-HD. DIRECTV this week announced the launch and carriage of 100 national high-definition channels, with the majority of them becoming available to subscribers in the third quarter of 2007.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; four Web sites, including, the first major news and information Web site; CNN Pipeline, an on-demand broadband video service; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and partnerships for four television networks and one Web site.

Monday, January 15, 2007

A Smerconish talk-show pilot?

Phildelphia Inquirer - Why was Michael Smerconish, backed by a camera crew, doing "man-on-the-street" interviews on Friday at Reading Terminal Market?
Isn't he on radio?

Talk is that Smerconish, with backing from TV savvy next-door neighbor Pat Croce, is putting together a talk-show pilot for CNN and has studio time booked this week to shoot the bulk of it.

Smerconish, who hosts mornings on WPHT (1210), is a frequent guest on CNN, as well as NBC. Buttonholed later, Smerconish and Croce were uncharacteristically quiet.

A CNN rep says the network asks for many pilots and generally does not comment on them.

[Editor Note: Wonder why they didn't approach Jeanne Moos about a "man-on-the-street" type show, since her "Making The MOOSt Of It" reports are all based on man-on-the-street interviews?]

Robin and Company - Monday

Galen Crader (probably a freelancer) is in for Bob Van Dillen on Weather this morning and Larry Smith is in for Will Selva on Sports.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Josie Burke

After being gone from the network for QUITE a while, CNN finally removed the former sports reporter's bio from the website.

They have yet to remove Carol Lin's bio from the site, however.

Microphone faux pas

At 2200 gmt, during the intro to CNNI's World News (live from Atlanta), Ralitsa Vassileva obviously forgot to clip her microphone on. The headlines started, and she could barely be heard talking over the video, while franticly trying to grab the microphone and clip it in place. This lasted for the duration of the introduction. However, she composed herself when it switched to a live shot of her in the studio.

CNN Satur...Sunday Morning?

Watching CNN Sunday and during their teases before their 6:57 AM CT Break their transitions between the story clips say "CNN Saturday" and not "CNN Sunday".

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Friday to CNN's Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, who turned 49.

Larry King Live Celebrates 50 Years with a DVD Set!

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CNN Radio, Dr. Sanjay Gupta Offer Powerful Special on Cancer Prevention

CNN Pressroom - ‘Saving Your Life,’ Available Thursday, Jan. 11, Features Lance Armstrong, Other Cancer Survivors

In a powerful hour of informative and inspirational conversation for CNN Radio, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses one disease that touches everyone in some way: cancer. “Saving Your Life” will be available to affiliates on Thursday, Jan. 11.

A featured guest of the program will be Tour de France champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, who won the premiere cycling race seven times after beating testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs. The program also features cancer treatment experts and other cancer survivors. “Saving Your Life” will be produced by CNN Radio supervising producer Sherri Maksin.

“Sanjay and Lance provide a frank and forthright discussion of one of the most indiscriminate diseases of our time. Cancer truly affects anyone and everyone,” said Jerry DeMink, vice president of CNN News Services. “For this incredible hour, Sanjay provides listeners with practical advice they need to fight cancer.”

“Saving Your Life” also will be available on the podcasting page of which can be found at Additionally, CNN Radio programming, including long-form programs, can be heard streamed for the Web on the home page.

CNN Radio is a full-service network, providing its approximately 2,000 worldwide affiliates with the latest information in news, sports and business. Utilizing CNN's 36 bureaus worldwide, CNN Radio offers an unmatched menu of actualities and reports through satellite feeds and an affiliate-accessible Web site. CNN Radio is based in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, with personnel, including radio-only correspondents, located at the CNN bureau in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York. CNN Radio programming is distributed exclusively for radio broadcast in the United States by Westwood One. CNN Radio audio can also be heard via a link on the Web site. Offers Interactive ‘MLK: Words that Changed a Nation’

CNN Pressroom - Special Section Examines Five Eras of King’s Life through Exclusive Access to Civil Rights Leader’s Papers

Handwritten sermons from the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Pencil edits of statements from a Birmingham, Ala., jail. A worn scrap of paper found the day he died. Through exclusive access to the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, has created a special section that delves into a personal side of the civil rights leader few have seen.

Launched in conjunction with the five-part series “MLK: Words that Changed a Nation” airing this week during CNN’s American Morning, the online report illustrates five parts of King’s adult life – his role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott; the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; his receipt of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and the 1965 march in Selma, Ala., for voting rights; and his assassination in 1968.

The online “MLK: Words that Changed a Nation” is located at

The King family and Morehouse College’s Woodruff Library granted CNN exclusive access to rare documents, books, notes, sermons and other writings that represent the foundation of King’s life’s work as a preacher and human rights activist. From King’s private library, CNN reveals his personal philosophy and theology – and his doubts and fears – as he and those around him created a peaceful revolution that forever altered a nation.

The Web site provides a close-up look at some of King’s documents, photo galleries and timelines of King and the civil rights movement and the history of how Morehouse College obtained the collection. Video available on the site include segments that have aired on CNN/U.S., an exclusive interview of former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young recalling King’s final moments and an account of civil rights workers describing how they smuggled paper to King to write his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” has also produced an “All Access: Backstage Pass” video podcast showing behind-the-scenes footage of anchor Soledad O’Brien traveling to Morehouse in Atlanta to review some of the King documents and to interview some of his colleagues. CNN’s podcasts are available at, as well as at iTunes. is also soliciting I-Reports – content submitted from viewers from their cell phones, cameras and other devices – to encourage users to describe how King’s words and actions influenced them. Such reports can be sent to at

As the first Internet site dedicated to 24-hour news coverage, ranks as a leading online news and information site, attracting an average of 23 million unique users each month. Launched in 1995, draws from the resources of CNN Worldwide to provide relevant, up-to-the minute news and information. features the latest multimedia technologies, from video streaming to audio packages to searchable archives of news features and background information.

CNN to Air First Debates for 2008 Presidential Race from New Hampshire

CNN Pressroom - Network Joins with WMUR-TV, New Hampshire Union Leader for Back-to-Back Debates in April 2007

CNN is teaming up with WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader to host “First in the Nation: Presidential Primary Debates,” two back-to-back debates to be held in America’s first primary state. Featuring Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, the debates will be held on consecutive evenings, Wednesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 5.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, anchor of the daily political newscast The Situation Room and the Sunday public affairs program Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, will moderate the debates. Union Leader political columnist John DiStaso and WMUR political director Scott Spradling will lead the panel, and WMUR anchor Jennifer Vaughn will moderate questions from the live audience.

In addition to live prime-time airings on both CNN and WMUR, a live video stream of WMUR and in-depth coverage from the Union Leader will be offered. The debates’ impact will also be enhanced by CNN’s multiple platforms. The broadcasts will be made available to all CNN Radio affiliates worldwide. In addition, there will be special coverage on; CNN Pipeline,’s premium live news video service; CNN Podcasting; Headline News and CNN en Español.

“We are thrilled to host the first debates of this landmark election,” said CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein. “With an open field in both the Republican and Democratic parties, it is going to be vital for viewers to learn as much as possible about these candidates early on – particularly in unscripted settings like debates.”

“We think it only makes sense that the state with the first-in-the-nation primary also has the first-in-the-nation presidential debate,” said Jeff Bartlett, WMUR general manager. “Many candidates and potential candidates have already made numerous trips to New Hampshire, and we felt that April would be a good time for the voters here to get their first impression about how the candidates stack up against one another.”

Joseph W. McQuaid, president and publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, said, “The issues facing the next administration are as crucial as they have ever been for this country. It is not too early for the first primary state to present a forum to explore the views and the competence of serious candidates.”'

Information on the location and exact times of the two New Hampshire debates will be forthcoming.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; four Web sites, including, the first major news and information Web site; CNN Pipeline,’s premium live news video service; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and partnerships for four television networks and one Web site.

The New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News is the largest and only state-wide newspaper in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Union Leader in independently owned.

WMUR is the leading source of television news in New Hampshire. is the most viewed web site in New Hampshire. WMUR is owned by Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. Hearst-Argyle owns 25 television stations, and manages an additional three television and two radio stations, in geographically diverse U.S. markets. The Company's television stations reach approximately 18% of U.S. TV households, making it one of America's largest television station groups. Hearst-Argyle owns 12 ABC-affiliated stations, and manages an additional ABC station owned by the Hearst Corporation, and is the largest ABC affiliate group.

Friday, January 12, 2007

CNN Announces New Polling Partner Opinion Research Corporation

CNN Pressroom - CNN political director Sam Feist announced today that Opinion Research Corporation will become CNN’s new polling partner as the network moves toward the 2008 elections. Beginning in 2007, polls released by the network will be identified as CNN/Opinion Research Corporation surveys.

“Opinion Research Corporation’s reputation for independent, objective analysis and its excellent reputation in the industry make the firm the ideal polling partner for CNN,” Feist said. “As the network gears up to offer the most in-depth and expansive coverage of the 2008 election, Opinion Research Corporation will be a key part of giving viewers the accurate and relevant information they demand.”

Opinion Research Corporation, founded in 1938, is widely known and respected for its independent, non-partisan polls. The polling firm has worked with CNN since April 2006 and in that time has conducted national polls, speech reaction polls, state polls and flash/overnight polls. The first CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll is being released today and focuses on President George W. Bush’s plan for Iraq and Democrats in Congress.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; four Web sites, including, the first major news and information Web site; CNN Pipeline, an on-demand broadband video service; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and partnerships for four television networks and one Web site.

CNN Launches New Weekly Investigative Series

CNN Pressroom - Expanding the network's commitment to investigative reporting, CNN this month launches a new long-form investigative series titled CNN: Special Investigations Unit. The new program, airing Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. (ET), will feature CNN’s top correspondents delivering in-depth hours on pressing issues currently in the news. The programs’ topical subject matter will complement CNN Presents, the acclaimed documentary series that will hone its focus on longer-lead-time, multi-hour “event” programming such as last summer’s blockbuster “In the Footsteps of bin Laden.”

CNN: Special Investigations Unit taps into the network’s worldwide resources and deep bench of top-notch journalists including chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, anchors Anderson Cooper and Soledad O’Brien, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, correspondents John Roberts, John King, Candy Crowley, Drew Griffin and others to offer a strong new brand of enterprise investigative reports.

Special Investigations Unit pulls together our unparalleled stable of reporters and our unmatched journalistic reach,” said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. “There is no better team in television news to step up and fill the gaping void in in-depth reporting on the truly important stories of the moment.”

The first CNN: Special Investigations Unit documentary will be a one-hour examination of the troubling home-grown Muslim extremism in the United Kingdom. Reported by Amanpour, The War Within examines the cultural conflicts within Britain’s Muslim communities and the alienation felt by many young Muslims living inside Western societies. The War Within premieres on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. (ET).

The new investigative series is produced by CNN Productions, the same unit that will continue to produce CNN Presents – the most honored documentary series in cable news. Four major CNN Presents documentaries are in the works for the coming year. Mark Nelson is the head of CNN Productions. A veteran producer, Nelson joined the unit six months ago as its vice president and senior executive producer.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; four Web sites, including, the first major news and information Web site; CNN Pipeline, an on-demand broadband video service; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and partnerships for four television networks and one Web site.

Glenn Beck Offers Quarterly Specials for New Year

CNN Pressroom - Headline News’ Glenn Beck, the nightly topical talk show featuring radio personality Glenn Beck, will produce a series of quarterly specials in 2007, titled “Exposed,” addressing some of the most hotly debated issues of the day, it was announced today by Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN Worldwide, to the Television Critics Association.

“When Glenn’s first special, which was on the Mideast, set a new ratings record for Headline News, we knew we were onto something,” Jautz said. “Glenn’s unique style works well for his everyday show format, but giving him a full hour on just one topic really gives him the chance to delve deeper, in a way that clearly resonates with his viewers. We look forward to hearing what Glenn has to say on these timely and provocative issues.”

“We often don’t have time to fully explore the nuances of the issues that most Americans want to hear more about,” Beck said. “I’m looking forward to having that opportunity with these specials. As we peel back the layers on these topics, we will likely be sparking a lot of dinner-table debates, which is exactly what we set out to do with our show every night.”
The first Glenn Beck special will premiere in late February or early March. Among the topics the program will examine for the specials over the coming year include:

· Myths of Global Warming. As scientists reach consensus about warming temperatures, Beck takes a provocative look at the causes and effects of global warming, particularly whether people or natural climate cycles are to blame. As he seeks answers to whether global warming can actually be stopped, Beck also asks if such efforts undermine America’s financial and military prominence.

· End of Days. Many Americans believe that an apocalypse foretold in Revelations is impending, preceded by the destruction of Israel and great floods. Beck takes an hour to examine whether current events really points to such signs.

· Islam in America. In this one-hour special, Beck attempts to put a face on the practitioners of Islam within the United States, including a Muslim cadet at West Point and an imam in Boston who told followers they should conquer America.
Since the launch of Glenn Beck on May 8, 2006, ratings in all demographics have increased double digits versus the same time a year ago. Glenn Beck has seen a 65 percent increase in total viewers and an unprecedented 86 percent increase in the advertiser-coveted P25-54 demo. Ratings gains were similar for the two youngest news demos, including a 95 percent increase in P18-49 versus a year ago.

Headline News, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, updates viewers constantly, 24 hours each day, with complete and concise national newscasts throughout the day and a compelling slate of legal, entertainment and talk programs during Headline Prime at night. The “Need to Know” network delivers fast-paced, lively and engaging news, using the best resources of CNN Worldwide. Headline News is designed especially for viewers who want relevant and comprehensive news in a way that suits the urgency of their schedules.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Chuck and Susan

Ran home for lunch and Susan Hendricks is filling in for Linda Stouffer during the "Chuck and Linda" hours on CNN Headline News.

President Bush speech coverage, scheduling

At 0705 gmt this morning, Jonathan Mann was presenting a special report live from Atlanta during CNN Today, which was coming live from London with Max Foster and Paula Newton. This was a special feature on the reaction to the announcement of Bush's new Iraq strategy.

CNNI will be repeating Bush's speech this morning at 1000 gmt, taking up half an hour of the usual Larry King replay, which will begin at 1030 gmt and will only be half an hour long.

CNN/O reader Hugo confirms that the schedule change I spotted last night has been the case all week. Insight is no longer repeated at 2300 gmt - instead we get CNN Today live from Hong Kong.

Hugo also mentions that there is an extra half hour of Your World Today, so I imagine this is taking the place of the usual live Insight at 1900 gmt.

I'd find it asounding if they have axed Insight. Obviously, checking the CNNI schedule on is pointless - that still has the summer timezones on it (ie. CET = GMT+2).

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Schedule change

I've just noticed that there is no longer a replay of Insight on CNNI at 2300 gmt Monday to Thursday. Instead, we get half an hour of CNN Today, live from Hong Kong, before World Sport at 2330 gmt.

Bush speech live, other news

CNNI will provide live coverage of President Bush's announcement regarding the new strategy for Iraq. This is due to take place at 0200 gmt Thursday (9pm ET Wednesday). It is likely that this will be a simulcast of CNN USA.

A couple of mentions regarding deployment of staff. Pentagon corresponded Barbara Starr has been filing live and recorded reports via broadband from Nairobi, Kenya. Additionally, CNNI anchor Michael Holmes is back in Baghdad for his regular stint.

CNNI's Chris Cramer Retiring In March

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Monday, January 08, 2007

New Photos

Marcela Trucios (CNN En Espanol)

Viviana Fernandez (CNN En Espanol)

Terry Baddoo (CNN International)

CNN’s David Mattingly Joins Anderson Cooper 360* as Contributor

CNN Pressroom - David Mattingly, a national correspondent for CNN, will join Anderson Cooper 360* as a regular contributor, it was announced today by David Doss, the program’s senior executive producer. A correspondent with CNN since 1992, Mattingly will remain based in the network’s Atlanta headquarters.

“We see David as an invaluable asset to the 360 team. He’s an outstanding storyteller and a fantastic journalist,” Doss said. “We look forward to seeing his contributions on AC360 on a more regularly basis in the near future.”

Mattingly has covered events across the United States and the world through some of the nation’s most trying moments, including the wrath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, first from the beaches of south Florida and then from the streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

He also contributed to the network’s award-winning coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks after he left a vacation near Shanksville, Penn., to become one of the first reporters to cover the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 from the scene. In February 2003, Mattingly was part of the team of CNN correspondents and anchors that covered the breaking news story of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Mattingly also reported and narrated No Survivors – Why TWA 800 Could Happen Again for CNN Presents.

Before joining CNN, Mattingly was a news anchor, reporter and documentary producer at WVTM in Birmingham, Ala. He earned his bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Alabama.

Anderson Cooper 360° is a wide-ranging, unconventional news program that takes a full 360-degree look at the world’s events. The program showcases CNN’s worldwide newsgathering capabilities as well as Anderson Cooper's unique sensibilities and perspective through a diverse range of live reports and interviews. Anderson Cooper 360° airs on CNN/U.S. each weekday from 10 p.m. to midnight (ET) and also airs on CNN International.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; four Web sites, including, the first major news and information Web site; CNN Pipeline, an on-demand broadband video service; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and partnerships for four television networks and one Web site.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Poor timekeeping

At 1508 gmt, Rosemary Church, live from Atlanta on World News, gave out a programming note about today's edition of Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. She gave out the following details:

"..That's coming up at 1400 gmt, that's in just under an hour from now."

An onscreen graphic also gave the time as 1400 gmt (I forget what the other timezones said, but I'm sure they were the respective hours ahead of/behind gmt)

Part correct - Late Edition IS just under an hour away, but that is 1600 gmt!

I'm quite sure I saw the same thing happen last Sunday morning, but I just assumed that Late Edition was earlier due to it being New Years Eve. However, it seems like a recurring error. Not what you'd expect from the "world's news leader", who have always worked to gmt.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

In The Money

Ali Velshi was in for Jack Cafferty today but it looks like Jennifer Westhoven was actually hosting the show. She signed off the program.

New Updates

Happy Weekend Everyone! :) If you haven't noticed already we've added a "Downloads" section to our site, just scroll down and look at the right.

Also we've added a "Shop" section with links to Amazon and so you can purchase the latest CNN related products.


Thursday, January 04, 2007

House of Representatives coverage

At 1850 gmt, CNN International were simulcasting CNN USA's coverage of theswearing in of Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House of Representatives. Thiscoverage was being fronted by Wolf Blitzer at the Situation Room set inWashington. Global Office and Insight were both cancelled.

At 1935 gmt, after the other memebers of the House were sworn in, CharlesHodson broke away from CNN USA's coverage, and kicked off World BusinessToday, live from London.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Saddam cellphone video

During Your World Today on CNNI at 1804 gmt, live from Atlanta with Jim Clancy and Hala Gorani, the main story was the furore regarding the cellphone video of the execution of Saddam Hussein.

Interestingly, an editorial decision was made to show a weblink on screen to the whole video. The link was to a .3gp file, based on an Arabic language website and was part of the black and white astons used to display information on CNNI, in the position ususally used to credit video from an external source.

New Hong Kong studio designs, new sets concept

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The designers and builders of the new CNNI sets have posted a case study document online. It explains the concept behind the sets, confirms the technology used (plasma and rear-projection screens) and shows the original plans for all three sets, including the forthcoming Hong Kong set.

You can see that some aspects of the new sets were dropped from the final end product.

See it all here!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Insight re-run

This evening's edition of Insight with Johnathan Mann, at 1900 gmt, quickly seemed rather familiar to me. A little digging revealed that, rather than being live from Atlanta, I was actually watching a re-run originally broadcast on 18 December 2006 - transcript here. Obviously it would seem that this is because of New Years Day, but otherwise the whole day on CNNI today has been pretty much like any other Monday.

World Sport end of year special

Today, 1 January 2007, sees the special annual review of the year on CNNI's World Sport. The show is hosted by Terry Baddoo at the CNN Center and he is joined there by Patrick Snell, Mark McKay, Candy Reid and Don Riddell (unusally, Don is in Atlanta rather than London). All the anchors look back at their assignments over the last 12 months.

The show makes much use of the video wall in Atlanta, with Terry standing at the wall, and the other three at CNN Center contributing their pieces via the video wall. You can see how crowded the CNNI Atlanta set is during the cut-away to the first commerical break - three round the desk, and Terry Baddoo lurking behind them!

The recently returned Pedro Pinto got a look in right at the very end, knocking on the screen behind all the anchors pleading "Hey..what about me". "Better luck next time", Terry tells him.

Incidentally, it's occured to me recently how small the Atlanta set actually is. This is evident particularly during the behind-the-anchor-desk shots towards the weather position - not much room for the cameras between these two positions.