Friday, August 22, 2008

Black In America Available On DVD

The CNN Presents Special, Black In America is coming to DVD on August 26th. Amazon has it available for Pre-order:

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Do You Twitter?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

CNN Doubles U.S. Newsgathering Presence with Expansion into 10 Cities

CNN Pressroom - CNN plans to double its domestic newsgathering presence with new operations in 10 U.S. cities, resulting in an aggressive expansion of its newsgathering in the United States, it was announced today by Nancy Lane, senior vice president of newsgathering for CNN/U.S.

The new operations will be based in Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Houston; Las Vegas; Minneapolis, Minn.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Seattle. This expansion will also allow CNN to build stronger partnerships with affiliates in new and existing locations across the country. CNN already has bureaus in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The newly expanded newsgathering operation will be staffed with a mix of traditional general assignment reporters with CNN’s current roster of “show-based correspondents,” who are attached to many of CNN’s daytime and prime-time programs, and newly designated “all-platform journalists.” All-platform journalists will combine new technologies with traditional journalism skills to gather news from the heart of America for all CNN’s networks and services, especially CNN’s growing digital platforms.

“CNN’s rapid adoption of new technology over the years put us in the enviable position to be able to expand at a time when others are cutting back,” Lane said. “Our technological innovations allow our reporters to be at the center of more breaking news events and developing stories across the United States, with greater independence and mobility than ever before. This expansion is a critical component of CNN Worldwide’s overall strategy for increased content ownership.”

By creating and harnessing the latest award-winning newsgathering and broadcast technology, CNN has consistently outpaced its rivals domestically and overseas. CNN’s most recent development of technology in newsgathering includes the use of lightweight kits that combine cameras, editing tools and advanced satellite and Internet communications technology into a laptop-based system. This suite of technologies enable CNN’s journalists to employ immediate live and video FTP submissions, real-time content monitoring, editing and voice communication from anywhere in the field.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source 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; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Musical Anchor Chairs This Weekend

• Melissa Long in for Betty Nguyen on CNN Saturday Morning and CNN Newsroom.

• Christine Romans is back on Your$$$$$ after being gone on Maternity Leave.

• Brooke Baldwin is in for Linda Stouffer's Headline News segments on Sunday.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

CNN Newsroom Changes

CNN Newsroom is going the way of Headine News and changing to a single anchor format. TVNewser has more details. Here is the new lineup, beginning September 8th.

9:00-11:00 AM ET - Heidi Collins
11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET - Tony Harris
1:00-3:00 PM ET - Kyra Phillips
3:00-4:00 PM ET - Rick Sanchez

Don Lemon moves to the weekend evening broadcasts.

I guess this answers our questions about what is happening with Your World Today on CNN Domestic.

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Brian Ellis Martin Joins as Executive Creative Director

As it expands upon its unrivaled reporting and multimedia storytelling, has hired Brian Ellis Martin as its new executive creative director.

Martin comes to as an experienced executive in interactive multimedia features, brand strategy and online marketing. He will provide strategic visual, technical and conceptual guidance to CNN’s digital properties as he leads the design and user-experience team. Based in Atlanta, Martin will oversee the site’s design and functionality and will bring his skills and expertise in programming, technology, sales and marketing to help enhance the site’s look and feel.

“Brian’s strong background in visual communications and brand development will help us continue to evolve our presence across the online and mobile news and information spectrum,” said Mitch Gelman, senior vice president and senior executive producer for “His talent, vision and experience will help to further develop the quality, style and reputation that users attribute to”

Martin served as principal and executive creative director for the4 [creative network] in New York City, where he created branded visual communications experiences in interactive, print and marketing communications. Clients included The New York Times, AOL, Spiegel, Nike and NPR. Before that, he was executive creative director for Think New Ideas Inc., an integrated strategic marketing and technology solutions provider, where he partnered with clients such as IBM, Gillette, Proctor & Gamble and Time Inc.

Previously, Martin worked at Microsoft as an art director and senior designer with a focus on interactive music and multimedia technologies and also held various designer positions at Marquand Books in Seattle and The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash.

Martin graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree with a minor in graphic design. is the world's No. 1 destination for online and wireless news, garnering the greatest audience share among current events and global news sites. Launched in 1995, draws from the resources of CNN Worldwide and its many partners to provide consumers with the most enriching, immediate interaction with news anywhere, seamlessly combining articles, videos, images, interactive features and user-generated content.’s news video offering – both live and on-demand – is unparalleled on the Web.’s recent awards include an Edward R. Murrow award, a National Headliner award and three EPpy awards.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Todd Benjamin Leaves CNN International

First on CNN Observations: CNN International Financial Editor Todd Benjamin is no longer with the network, a spokesperson confirmed to us this morning. His left the network a couple of weeks ago.

Benjamin joined CNN in 1982 convering the US Federal Reserve in Washington, DC before moving to New York, Tokyo, and ultimately London.

He joined CNN from a local television station in Phoenix, Arizona.

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CNN International loses Stephen Frazier

CNN confirmed to us today that Stephen Frazier is no longer with CNN International.

Since joining CNN Worldwide in 1993, he served as Senior Correspondent for CNN Presents, Senior Correspondent and co-anchor of Impact, weekend anchor for CNN Domestic, anchor for Headline News, and most recently anchor for CNN International's Your World Today and World News programs.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

This Weekend's Musical Anchor Chairs

Saturday: Headline News' Richard Lui is in for Fredricka Whitfield and Chicago Bureau Correspondent Susan Roesgen is in for Rick Sanchez on CNN Newsroom.

Rick Sanchez filled in for Ali Velshi and Christine Romans on Your$$$$$ this weekend also.

Sunday: Richard Lui is back in for Fredricka and Susan Roesgen will be in for Rick Sanchez tonight.

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Erica Hill on CBS Saturday Early Show

Anderson Cooper 360°'s Erica Hill co-hosted the CBS Saturday Early Show this morning. You can view a clip of her hosting a segment here.

She will be back next weekend.

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Nicole Lapin in Eliza Magazine

Check out the latest issue of Eliza Magazine with Live anchor Nicole Lapin.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

CNN Creates Global ‘Fan Zone,’ Teams with Sports Illustrated for Olympics

CNN will use its unparalleled international newsgathering and production resources to cover the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. On as well as on CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN en Español, CNN Radio, Headline News and in a multiplatform partnership with The Sports Illustrated Group, CNN will report on the world’s largest sporting event from every angle to more than 300 million households worldwide.

Operating from CNN’s Beijing bureau, World Sport correspondent Mark McKay and Headline News sports anchor Larry Smith will bring the latest developments in the quest for gold while international correspondents Jaime FlorCruz, Anjali Rao and John Vause will contribute on the events surrounding the Olympics in China. will offer expanded coverage of the Olympics through reporting on results from the Games; the economic impact and influence held by the Olympics; and the challenges facing China and its people as the hosts of the 20th Olympiad. The site’s special section, located at, offers users a wide range of exclusive video, text stories, interactive timelines and a detailed explainer on the history and tradition of the Olympics. Live, the site’s live, multi-stream video news service, will feature exclusive interviews with athletes and experts throughout the games.

Additionally, has launched a special section called “Fan Zone” at, where users can access a variety of video, quizzes, interactive games, polls and in-depth reports to feed their curiosity about anything and everything related to the 2008 Olympic Games. Users can take a quiz to identify their inner Olympian and register as a member of the CNN Olympic Fan Zone, where they can share how they will follow the action by submitting their own video, photos and audio to, CNN’s uncensored, unfiltered, unedited, user-generated community Web site. Contributors also may gain recognition by having the material they submit to the site – once vetted and approved for use – appear on a CNN network or

In a multiplatform partnership with CNN, Sports Illustrated writers and editors covering the Olympics will provide CNN’s global audience with expert analysis and opinion on the events as they unfold. Daily video sports

reports will appear across multiple channels of CNN and The two companies also co-produced a series of video features including profiles on Olympians such as Michael Phelps, Ian Crocker, Allyson Felix and also “SI Flashbacks” – vignettes of iconic moments from previous Olympiads. These features will debut on CNN networks, including, and beginning Thursday, July 24.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source 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; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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