Friday, February 12, 2010

News Veteran Tom Bettag Joins CNN as Sr. Executive Producer

CNN Press Release - Bettag to Take the Reins of State of the Union with Candy Crowley and Reliable Sources

Tom Bettag joins CNN Worldwide as senior executive producer of State of the Union with Candy Crowley and Reliable Sources, it was announced today by David Bohrman, SVP of Programming and Washington bureau chief. Bettag will oversee the Sunday public affairs programming lineup, effective immediately.

“Adding such a renowned producer as Tom to CNN’s lineup further reflects the network’s commitment to serious journalism,” said Bohrman. “Candy now will be a member of a very exclusive team of greats—such as Ted Koppel and Dan Rather—who have had the opportunity to work with Tom.”

“For years, Candy has been one of my favorite reporters. She’s not only tough and fair, but also brings a breath of fresh air to Sunday morning talk. I look forward to joining Candy and the team,” added Bettag. “And I’m thrilled to be part of, what I consider, to be the preeminent news organization in the country.”

Since launching one year ago, State of the Union has cemented its reputation as the place to hear the voices of everyday Americans, informed experts and A-list politicians. Candy Crowley took over the anchor chair earlier this month and will continue to work with her stellar team to craft a show that is relevant, interesting and informative.

In Bettag’s more than four decades in journalism, he has served as executive producer of CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, of ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel and of Koppel on Discovery on the Discovery Channel. Throughout his career he has earned six duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Awards, three Overseas Press Club Awards and 30 Emmy Awards. In 2004, Bettag was honored with Quinnipiac University’s Fred Friendly Award, which recognizes those who have shown courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights of the First Amendment.

Bettag earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

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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Anonymous Manuel said...

Is it true CNN is starting a new website for Mexicans? I read it on your forum.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

Yes, it is. launches on Monday. We'll have a preview coming up in our "Weekly Observations" post on Sunday.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Manuel said...

Cool! Thanks! It's hard to find news about the Spanish CNNs (Plus, Español and Chile). As a Mexican, I will be checking CNNMé for Mexican news from Spain.

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know if CNN will consider bringing
shows like World Report and World View to
America? I can only watch them online or
even bringing CNN International to Direct TV.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

Manuel- I sure hope this means a revamp of very soon also. Some of the show pages are outdated (Al Cierre has been cancelled for a bit, I believe.) and I think the Anchors/Correspondents section on CNNE could use an overhaul as well!

Anon 4:23- I sure wish they would. I don't think it's something that will happen on a large scale anytime soon. Some cable providers offer CNN International such as (I believe) some Time Warner Cable outlets and I know that Comcast in Atlanta offers CNNI and CNNE.

Thanks for visiting the site, guys!

8:53 AM  

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