Sunday, January 30, 2011

Weekly Observations - week ending January 29, 2011

This is our weekly round-up of the tidbits that didn't make it to a post of their own, but are worth noting, along with news items that we've covered that may need a second look.

- Suzanne Malveaux begins her post as anchor of the 11 AM-1 PM ET block of CNN Newsroom on CNN Domestic. She recently launched her Facebook page in support of the show. Join her there and welcome her to the new team.

- CNN International anchor Hala Gorani is en-route to Egypt for CNN's continuing coverage of anti-government protests in Egypt. She will join reporting teams already in the country which includes Ben Wedeman, Nic Robertson, Frederik Pleitgen and Ivan Watson.

- CNN photographer Mary Rogers had a close encounter with police in Egypt while covering protests on Friday. Her camera was confiscated and destroyed. Listen to Mary describe the events here.

- Piers Morgan Tonight takes a ratings hit with the Kardashian sisters.

- Cuba says 'hasta la vista' to CNN en Español.

- CNN International is just one of Turner's channels to be available at T3 of Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport, under a new deal signed this week.

- Fareed Zakaria snares exclusive interview with British Prime Miniter.

- Web fail #1: Piers Morgan still yet to be added to CNN International's primetime line-up pages - even though he airs across the network 3 times a day. Europe primetime Asia primetime (Is that Fionnuala Sweeney we still see listed on the European primetime page?)

- Web fail #2: World One has yet to be added to the CNN Domestic on-air page. World Business Today is added (at the very bottom) but World One isn't added yet. World One airs on CNN Domestic at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT. (right now the page shows weekend programming but will go back to the weekday page on Monday)

- Former CNN New Orleans and Chicago-based National Correspondent Susan Roesgen has landed back in New Orleans to anchor "News with a Twist" Monday on ABC affiliate WGNO. Roesgen left CNN in July 2009 after her contract was not renewed. In April of that year she was criticized for comments made at the tax day tea parties, when she said the Chicago event was “anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing, conservative network Fox.”



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