Friday, December 19, 2008

Weekend Programming Reflects on a Year of News in 2008

CNN Press Release - Special year-end editions of Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, Reliable Sources and After Party will air in the final weekend of 2008, Saturday, Dec. 27 and Sunday, Dec. 28.

Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Best of 2008 will examine a remarkable year in news and look ahead at what is in store for 2009. CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will be joined by members of the “Best Political Team on Television” to look back at newsmaker interviews during the year of a historic election and a global economic crisis. Interviews with key political and business leaders including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Sen. John McCain, President-elect Barack Obama, Gov. Sarah Palin and CNN founder Ted Turner. Airing Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET), Blitzer and the panel will look ahead at the incoming Obama administration and discuss the future of the GOP.

Howard Kurtz hosts Reliable Sources: A Year in Review to examine coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign and changes in the news business. Kurtz will be joined by Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor; Bill Press, radio talk show host; Terence Smith, former PBS media correspondent; and Jessica Yellin, CNN national political correspondent. The one-hour program will air in its usual time slot, Sunday at 10 a.m. (ET).

After Party will be moderated by David Brody, CNN political contributor and correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, and will air Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. (ET). Brody will host Michelle Cottle, senior editor at The New Republic; Christopher Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation; Stephen Hayes, senior writer at The Weekly Standard and CNN political contributor; and Tara Wall, deputy editorial page editor at The Washington Times and CNN political contributor. Guests will discuss the ailing economy, President-elect Obama’s plans upon taking office, foreign policy and the conservative-progressive divide in the United States.

A transcript of the program will be available at and from the Federal Document Clearing House.

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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