Monday, May 30, 2011

CNNGo Expands To Seoul, Renews Partnership With Korean Air

CNNGo, CNN's online travel guide, has expanded its coverage to include Seoul, South Korea. Meanwhile, Korean Air has extended its sponsorship of the companion television program. Details from CNN below.

CNN Press Release: Seoul is now the eighth city on travel and lifestyle site, To introduce the city at, one of its top feature stories gives "50 reasons why Seoul is the world's greatest city" showcasing South Korea's capital to local Seoulites and visitors from all over the world.

Launched in September 2009, CNNGo explores life, eating, drinking, shopping, and play experiences in the most fascinating and diverse places in the world - Bangkok, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and now Seoul.

Andrew Demaria, Editor in Chief at CNNGo, says, "Seoul is one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in the world and we are honored with the chance to explore more of it with CNNGo. Right now there is so much interest in Korea, we are seeing growing numbers of international visitors and we aim to deliver to our audience - in Korea and abroad - a unique, on-the-ground insider take of this incredible city. We aim to provide the ultimate insiders' guide for Seoulites, tourists and international travellers with the help of our locally-based staff and our network of contributors."

CNNGo Seoul is created by an expanding network of dozens of Seoul-based writers, journalists, photographers, opinion-makers, bloggers, personalities and trend-setters with Frances Cha at the helm as CNNGo's Seoul Editor and Rachel Han as Korean editor.

"We will explore and expose the work-hard play-hard city from an insider's point of view. Seoul has been dictating distinctive and unusual trends in music, film, television, beauty, food, art and fashion across Asia for the past decade, and we will be examining such social phenomena and cultural movements with wit and quirky humor added to the commentary" says Cha.

The site provides a detailed, balanced, real and often gritty ‘view' of the featured cities for locals and travellers alike. It is presented as a sharp, witty, knowledgeable, concise companion produced by those with firsthand experiences in each city.

CNNGo Seoul also integrates iReport as a dedicated space for community connections, outreach and sharing, specific to travel, entertainment and lifestyle experiences and pursuits of its readers. Designed specifically for users to broadcast and share their stories and perspectives, users can comment on, recommend and share each others' iReport submissions via Twitter, Facebook and other social networks. Cha adds, "We want Seoulites to be among the first to contribute stories, submit videos and photos and share their likes and dislikes of the city with us."

A local language site in Korean will launch in mid-June.

Other launch stories on the site reveals what global and local audiences will be reading about:

Seoul's architectural wonders

Interview: Jay Park scores big after a ‘turbulent couple of years'

Seoul's coolest luxury hotels

Best Seoul Bindaetteok


CNN International announces that Korean Air is continuing its sponsorship around the network's travel, entertainment and lifestyle brand ‘CNNGo'. This renewal marks the success of a year-long partnership since May 2010 between the world's leading news network and South Korea's largest airline, one which launched with on-air advertising around CNN's monthly travel and lifestyle show ‘CNNGo'.

With the sponsorship now entering into a second year, Korean Air is committed to advertising around the ‘CNNGo' TV program which is extending from a 15-minute to a 30-minute show starting in May with Hanoi and June with Beijing. The airline's brand will also be visible when highlights from the show airs within CNN's other TV programs.

Korean Air's sponsorship also extends beyond TV to CNN's online properties. Banner ads will appear on CNNGo's TV show page at in addition to a new city section of at for Seoul.

The sponsorship comprises a TV and online campaign designed to raise awareness of the global carrier's brand credentials for "Excellence in Flight". Starting May 11th, the advertisements will play out in front of CNN's over 275-million-household audience worldwide across Asia Pacific, South Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and North America. There will also be Korean Air banner rotations and CNNGo co-branded banners running across CNN digital properties.

In June, the sponsorship rolls out further to CNNGo's mobile properties (, including banner placements across the CNN App for iPad.

"This renewal reaffirms CNN's success and leading position to bring strong brand visibility for Korean Air," said William Hsu, Vice President of News Advertising Sales, CNN Asia-Pacific. "We are thrilled that the tie-up around CNNGo has extended across CNN's diverse multi-media platforms ensuring the two brands reach an ever-growing group of consumers and travellers around the world."

Korean Air's Managing Vice President of Corporate Communications, Emily Cho, said: "'Korean Air is delighted to renew our sponsorship of CNNGo. The high-quality content that this program provides to viewers worldwide fits in perfectly with our brand and our dedication to incomparable service for our customers."

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Weekly Observations - week ending May 28, 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.

- Anderson Cooper takes you behind the scenes of his tornado reporting.

- John King catches home run ball at baseball game. Meanwhile, CNN hit back at a New York Post report suggesting network bosses were about to dump King's 7pm show in favor of new hire Erin Burnett.

- Fake Russian CNN site mocks Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

- Larry King talks Piers Morgan, Oprah and Charlie Sheen at 70th annual Peabody Awards, while Anderson Cooper misses out on collecting award due to tornado assignment.

- "Swift" exit for Nancy Grace from syndicated show.

- CNN's TJ Holmes talks about covering deadly Missouri tornadoes.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

CNN And Nokia Team Up In International Partnership

CNN today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Nokia, which will see the mobile giant provide mapping services to CNN International. Details from CNN below.

CNN Press Release: CNN’s news content to be supported by Nokia’s mapping services

CNN and Nokia today announced a multi-level international collaboration where Nokia becomes a key part of CNN's roster of mapping providers, delivering its rich mapping services to the international news network. The collaboration harnesses the companies’ strengths in global newsgathering, user-generated content, mapping technologies, and location-based services. The collaboration debuted with the use of Nokia’s 3D Maps across CNN’s platforms in its recent coverage of the British royal wedding.

"This collaboration is a great fit for us as both companies share a similar philosophy on connecting people beyond borders through the combination of compelling news content and highly sophisticated technology,” said Tony Maddox, Managing Director, CNN International. “The international scale of each of our businesses makes the scope of the collaboration particularly exciting.”

“Nokia and CNN share the belief that news is now mobile, powerfully democratic, and can immediately be shared by people around the world,” said Jerri DeVard, Chief Marketing Officer, Nokia. “We are pleased that CNN wants to use Nokia’s innovative mapping services for its international news platforms, and we are excited to work with CNN to deliver a compelling news service to users of Nokia phones.”

The collaboration also includes the CNN App for Nokia which provides mobile access to CNN's world, business, sport, entertainment and technology reporting, as well as live streaming video. The app also allows users to share CNN’s news via their own social channels, and participate in the reporting process with direct access to CNN's participatory news community, iReport. The CNN App for Nokia is available in Ovi Store.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CNN Coverage Of Obama's Address To British Parliament

CNN Domestic and CNN International will jointly produce coverage of President Obama's address to the British Parliament today.

Wolf Blitzer, Suzanne Malveaux, Richard Quest and Zain Verjee will anchor coverage, with the speech also streamed live on CNN's digital network, including and CNN's various mobile applications.

The simulcast begins at 10:00am (eastern) on CNN Domestic and CNN International.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

David McKenzie's Documentary Wins Award For CNN International

David McKenzie's 'World's Untold Stories' feature has been awarded the Amnest International Media Award in the "International Television and Radio" category. CNN's press release follows.

CNN Press Release:
CNN International has won the Amnesty International Media award in the ‘International Television and Radio’ category for its documentary, 'World’s Untold Stories: Locked Up and Forgotten', it was announced at the awards ceremony in London tonight.

The winning half-hour documentary, fronted by CNN’s Nairobi-based correspondent David McKenzie, highlights the negligence and social taboos suffered by Kenya’s mentally disabled community, who live a life hidden away in slums and remote villages across the country. Devoid of medical care and therapy an estimated three million mentally disabled individuals are ostracized by society, concealed and locked away inside their own communities, often by their own families.

When first aired on CNN International the documentary sparked widespread debate, bringing the plight of Kenya’s mentally disabled to the forefront of the world’s media. This resulted in domestic and international human rights groups calling for government intervention. The matter was brought to the attention of the Kenyan government, who have called for change.

The Amnesty International Media Award jurors praised the program for “being moving yet constructive.”

“It's fitting that the Amnesty International logo is a candle because it is an honor and a privilege to be awarded this prize for a documentary that shines a light on the shocking state of mental health in Kenya and beyond."

"David McKenzie took an unknown story and brought it to the attention of the world, testament that hard hitting journalism can incite global change,” executive vice president and managing director of CNN International Tony Maddox said of the award. "It is an honor to have your journalism recognised by Amnesty International as powerful enough to truly make a difference."

The award is the World Untold Stories documentary strand’s second win in the ‘International Television and Radio’ category since it first aired on CNN in 2009. In 2009 the strand took the award with The Forgotten People for its expose of the on-going persecution of the ethnic Rohingya people in their bid to escape terrible privation in Myanmar, formerly Burma and in neighboring countries.

About CNN correspondent David McKenzie:

Since joining CNN, David McKenzie has interviewed many high-profile personalities and leaders including Nobel Prize winners Wangari Maathai and Desmond Tutu, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. McKenzie has won international awards for his coverage of the African experience and has reported from across the continent for all of CNN’s platforms. McKenzie was one of the first foreign correspondents to uncover the threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia and gain access to Sudan’s controversial oil fields to report on alleged pollution. He was also part of CNN’s award-winning coverage of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, where he uncovered the heartbreaking effect on Haiti’s universities and the religious tensions between Voodoists and Christians. He also covered the FIFA 2010 World Cup for CNN.

About World's Untold Stories:

CNN International’s award-winning monthly documentary strand World's Untold Stories showcases the very best of CNN journalism, with intimate, revelatory storytelling from across the globe. World’s Untold Stories: Locked up and Forgotten was produced by Mike McCarthy, Sheri England, Ingrid Formanek and edited by Earl Nurse.

About the Amnesty International Media Awards:

The Amnesty International Media Awards recognizes excellence in human rights journalism that makes a significant contribution to the UK public’s understanding of human rights. The awards celebrate the breath of reporting across different media and acknowledges the risks journalists often take while reporting on the stories that otherwise may remain untold. A full list of winners can be found at:

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CNN Coverage Of Israeli PM's Address To Congress

CNN Domestic and CNN International will jointly produce special coverage of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress today.

Wolf Blitzer, Suzanne Malveaux and Hala Gorani will anchor, with Dana Bash, Elise Labott, Gloria Borger, Kevin Flower and Matthew Chance contributing reports and analysis from Washington, D.C. and Jerusalem.

In addition to television coverage, CNN will also stream Netanyahu's address on its mobile applications and, where Elise Labott will host Foreign Policy magazine's Josh Rogin and Israeli spokesman Mark Regev in a live discussion focusing on the speech, its implications on peace efforts in the Middle East, and broader security issues around the region.

CNN special coverage begins at 10:45 (eastern) on CNN Domestic and CNN International.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Weekly Observations - week ending May 21, 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.

- CNN, SRLC to host Republican Presidential Town Hall Debate.

- CNN omits Eliot Spitzer during political sex scandals report. Note: Spitzer's indiscretions were later noted in a report filed by Tom Foreman.

- What's inside Anderson Cooper's New York office?

- CNN International sport anchor Kate Giles is set to leave the network to join a new German language version of Sky Sports News.

- HLN's Nancy Grace will report live from Casey Anthony trial this week.

- CNN International announced some of its planned coverage of the International Economic Forum early next month. Emerging Markets editor for CNN, John Defterios, will co-host two editions of 'Prism', as well as contribute live coverage from St. Petersburg during 'World Business Today' and 'Quest Means Business'.

- TMZ’s Harvey Levin tweets his beef with CNN's coverage of Arnold Schwarzenegger's mistress.


CNN Presents: Acting Out – The Mel Gibson Story

CNN's Brooke Anderson hosts a special on Mel Gibson tonight. The program premieres at 8:00pm (eastern) and repeats at 11:00pm and 2:00am. CNN's press note below.

CNN Press Release: Mel Gibson’s battered public image may have hit rock bottom... But the Academy Award-winning actor and director was once better known as a family man and person of passionate faith. Brooke Anderson anchors a special that reports unique insights and images from Gibson's humble beginnings in New York, to his teenage years in Australia. Brooke Anderson interviews people who know Gibson, and follows his rise to fame as one of Hollywood’s most celebrated talents, and his stunning fall from grace.

CNN Presents: Acting Out – The Mel Gibson Story airs on CNN on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00pm, 11:00pm, and 2:00am. All Times Eastern.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

CNN Premieres New Dr. Sanjay Gupta Special

CNN will premiere a new special on Sunday night, Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Patrick Kennedy – Coming Clean. Details from CNN below.

CNN Press Release: In a CNN exclusive, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) about his decision to leave Congress, his struggles with addiction and mental illness, growing up Kennedy, his father’s legacy, and his new philanthropic mission. These themes form the core of Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Patrick Kennedy – Coming Clean, a new documentary that premieres Sunday, May 22 at 7:00p.m. ET.

Gupta, also a practicing neurosurgeon, talks extensively to Kennedy about his ambitious goal to fund research that leads to cures for a breadth of brain pathologies – including Alzheimer’s disease, chemical dependencies, mental illness, and cancers. Kennedy’s new mission is to fund a “moon shot” medical research effort – similar in its extraordinary ambition and aspiration to the successful race to space his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, inspired more than a generation ago.

During the deeply personal and wide-ranging discussion, Kennedy speaks candidly about the stigma he felt growing up with depression as a member of his famously-accomplished family. In addition, his more than 25 years of substance abuse have meant he’s spent time in rehabilitation over a half dozen times.

“I felt like a loser...I felt like...‘I’m not living up. What a shame.’ You know, ‘I’m a shame on my family by needing – treatment, for getting mental health treatment,” says Kennedy to Gupta in the documentary.

Kennedy definitively considers addiction a mental health disease. To Gupta, who asks directly if addiction is a moral failure or a disease, he responds: “It’s a disease of the brain...this is totally a neurological disorder.”

In 2009, shortly after the death of his father, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Patrick Kennedy admits his renewed depression, also renewed his life-long struggle with substance dependency, and ultimately culminated in his decision not to seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives after eight terms in office.

“That's why I chose not to run for reelection because frankly, living in the public eye and in political life was not conducive to really getting that kind of long-term steady recovery,” says Kennedy.

As he works to maintain his recovery, he thinks about his father “almost every day” and hopes to apply lessons from his and his father’s legislative experience to his new mission.

Online, will feature an opinion editorial by the former Congressman on mental health, along with video excerpts from the documentary. In addition, users will find a story about Kennedy’s reflections on Jared Loughner, a man with mental illness accused of the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz. of 20 people, including Kennedy’s friend and former colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Visitors to will also find more information about

Caleb Hellerman and Danielle Dellorto are senior producers for Coming Clean. Roni Selig is the senior executive producer for the CNN Medical, Health, and Wellness unit.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

CNN Coverage Of Obama Middle East Policy Speech

CNN Domestic and CNN International will jointly produce coverage of President Obama's speech on Middle East Policy today.

According to CNN's press note, Wolf Blitzer, Suzanne Malveaux and Hala Gorani will anchor, with contributions from Fareed Zakaria, Gloria Borger, Ed Henry and Jill Dougherty. CNN reporters currently deployed in the Middle East will also report on reaction from their respective regions, including Nic Robertson from Tunisia, Kevin Flower from Israel, Rima Maktabi in Lebanon, and Sara Sidner, Ben Wedeman and Nima Elbagir all reporting from Libya.

The CNN / CNN International simulcast begins at 11:30a (eastern). Viewers can also view a live stream of the speech on, as well as the CNN apps for smart phones.

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Q&A With CNN Mobile's Louis Gump

Sandhya Raman talks to Louis Gump, vice president of CNN Mobile.

FierceMobileContent: How does CNN profit from mobile?

Gump: Advertising is the primary financial growth provider for CNN Mobile, and it is really that simple. We did launch a paid app on the iPhone in September of 2009 and it was successful. On the other hand, one of the dynamics of the app market is that free apps tend to draw a lot more users. Because advertisers are increasingly interested in the mobile platform, we actually had a stronger revenue pace of the ad-supported app than we did for a paid app at the core product level. And so what we are seeing is that advertising is to fund products across our portfolio.

I would also say however, if I interpret your question a little more broadly and more than just financial in nature, that mobile enriches the ways that consumers can access CNN. We can do things on mobile platforms that other people can't do. And I can give you a couple examples of that. One of them is about a week ago when the news came through about [Osama] bin Laden [when he was killed]. Sunday night 10-11 o'clock at night, a lot of people had turned off their TVs and were going to bed, they got alerts on their phones and immediately checked their iPads or phones, or Android devices or they went to their TV. And they went to tune in and they got their news sooner because of the unique capabilities of phones.

And the second aspect of this is that a major portion of what we price is our iReport. IReport is our citizen journalism tool. What happens is that we are getting incredible submissions via these mobile devices which are not only becoming a part of the iReport content community, but are used extensively on air on CNN. So not only is it enriching the consumer experience but it is also contributing content that we never could have had otherwise.

You can read the full interview from Fierce Mobile Content here.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sam Feist Named CNN Washington Bureau Chief

Sam Feist has been upped to Washington Bureau Chief for CNN.

CNN Press Release: Sam Feist, political director and vice president of Washington-based programming for CNN, has been promoted to Washington, D.C. bureau chief and senior vice president, it was announced today by Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN/U.S. Feist will oversee daily operations of the bureau and lead all newsgathering and programming from the nation’s capital. Feist will assume his role effective immediately and will report to Jautz.

“For two decades at CNN, Sam has demonstrated his commitment to serious journalism and strong political programming,” said Jautz. “His experience, vision, and understanding of our nation’s capital will ensure CNN’s Washington bureau and its coverage remain second to none.”

“I couldn't be more excited to take on this new role and build on the great journalism and the tremendous expertise of the CNN Washington bureau,” said Feist. “It is not only one of the largest news bureaus in the world, it is undoubtedly one of the finest. Leading this outstanding team at a time of dynamic change in our industry is invigorating and humbling.”

Since January 2009, Feist has served CNN’s political director and vice president of Washington-based programming, overseeing Washington programming, including John King, USA, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, State of the Union with Candy Crowley, and Reliable Sources. As political director, he also coordinated all facets of CNN’s daily political coverage including the production of political specials such as primary nights, conventions, and election nights.

As political director and senior executive producer of political coverage through the 2006 midterm and 2008 presidential elections, Feist oversaw political coverage for “America Votes 2008” and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the weekday program he helped conceptualize and launch. In the 2008 election cycle, Feist coordinated and produced CNN’s nine presidential primary debates as well as the network’s record-breaking primary, caucus and convention coverage that earned the network a Peabody Award. Feist was also instrumental in the “America Votes 2006” coverage of the midterm elections that earned the network an Emmy Award.

Feist formerly managed the production of Inside Politics and Crossfire. Prior to joining Crossfire, Feist was the founding executive producer of CNN’s daily newscast Wolf Blitzer Reports. He also served as the executive producer of CNN’s weekend programs Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, The Capital Gang and Evans & Novak.

Feist has produced live programs from nations around the world including: Russia, Israel, the United Kingdom and China. He has produced interviews with such world leaders as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Yitzhak Rabin and Margaret Thatcher.

After working as a freelance producer at CNN’s London bureau in 1990, Feist joined CNN full-time at its Atlanta headquarters in 1991. During the 1992 presidential campaign, he moved to the Washington bureau where he has held a number of positions including associate producer, producer, senior producer and assignment editor.

Feist received his bachelor of arts in political science from Vanderbilt University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree with honors from the Georgetown University Law Center, which included a semester studying international law at Cambridge University. Feist is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the bar of the District of Columbia.

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New CNN International News App For Nokia

CNN today launched a new international news app for Nokia mobile devices. Details from CNN below.

CNN Press Release: Interactive app features ability to upload iReports and watch live breaking news video

CNN and Nokia today launched an international news app for Nokia E7 smarpthones, available on the Ovi Store. Free of charge to users globally at launch, the CNN App for Nokia is purpose-built and designed to provide a visually-driven news experience for Nokia E7 users who demand accessibility and convenience, as well as passion for participating in the news via iReport, CNN’s user-generated news community.

“As the world’s largest mobile handset manufacturer, Nokia has extensive reach and scale across international markets,” said Louis Gump, vice president of CNN Mobile. “Nokia users share broad interest in events around the world, and it is exciting to have the opportunity to put the power of CNN at their fingertips, and likewise, provide the chance for them to participate in the news with us through iReport.”

The CNN App for Nokia provides users with one-click access to a dynamic news experience with integrated sharing functionality, delivered through sophisticated technology. The CNN App includes user-generated content upload functionality through iReport, showcases important global news through text, video and photos; and also enables users to watch live breaking news video.

The CNN App for Nokia also will be available for free in the coming weeks for the Nokia N8, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01, with wider availability to be announced later.

CNN App for Nokia features include:

  • Provides a direct gateway to CNN’s user-generated news community, iReport.
  • Lets users browse user-generated content; register, sign-in to their account or sign on as a guest to instantly upload photos and videos.
  • Users can also browse iReport’s latest “international assignments,” asking the community to weigh in on various news stories.

Latest Headlines:
  • Easy to navigate: Users can easily flick through news stories across categories including Top Stories, U.S., Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Business, Sport, Entertainment, Tech and Travel.
  • Easy to consume: Each story features bulleted highlights above the full article, designed to satisfy mobile “snackers,” allowing them to easily scan through the latest stories.
  • Easy to share: Users can share stories via SMS, email, Twitter and Facebook directly from the CNN App.
  • Easy to view: White text on black background provides excellent viewing experience

  • Provides users with access to live, breaking news video, as well as an extensive selection of on-demand video clips across many categories, including World, Most Popular, Sport, Business, U.S., Entertainment, Tech and CNN en Español.

The CNN App is available for free from the Ovi Store on the Nokia E7 or at For more information about the CNN App, go to

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Monday, May 16, 2011

CNN In-Depth: America's Job Hunt

CNN today kicked off a week-long series of special reports analyzing the state of employment in America. Details from CNN below.

CNN Press Release: CNN kicks off its weekly “In-Depth” series Monday, May 16 with special cross-platform programming targeting the No.1 concern for many Americans—Jobs. “America’s Job Hunt” is a week-long effort investigating the state of the employment climate, said to be the worst since the Great Depression.

Featuring the unparalleled newsgathering of CNN, TIME and CNNMoney, “America’s Job Hunt” offers comprehensive analysis and reporting on where the jobs are in America and tips on how Americans can get employed—and stay that way.

Programming begins on Monday with CNN’s American Morning, hosted by Ali Velshi, Christine Romans and Kiran Chetry. It then continues on CNN Newsroom, hosted by Suzanne Malveaux and Brooke Baldwin. Further investigative pieces, interactive data, and online video will appear on and

"For all the momentous world events of recent months, the number one concern of most Americans remains getting or keeping a job." says Mark Whitaker, executive vice president and managing editor for CNN Worldwide. “‘America’s Job Hunt’ will examine the human and economic toll of the most prolonged unemployment crisis of recent times, debate its causes, but also highlight industries and regions where the hiring picture is beginning to brighten. This is the latest in CNN's new weekly "In-Depth" series across all our television and digital platforms, and we are particularly excited this week to be partnering with TIME in examining this crucial and complicated issue."

Highlights of “America’s Job Hunt” include: and Reports

Monday: “Where the Jobs Are” – TIME’s Stephen Gandel documents the unexpected U.S. manufacturing boom and a video profiles the challenges of vets re-entering the job market. CNNMoney video outlines Volkswagen’s $1 billion auto plant in Tennessee and another recounts the rise and decline of Braddock, PA. Furthermore, CNNMoney produces two exclusive surveys: one on Labor Department statistics to see which sectors are growing (healthcare, government) and a first ever CEO survey by The Buzz columnist Paul R. La Monica.

Tuesday: “Un(der)Employed in America” – TIME’s Rana Foroohar writes on the state of the “Mancession,” while CNNMoney reports on how race and education affect employment, the kinds of part-time jobs people take to make ends meet and offers a look at the “lost generation,” young graduates, hit hardest by the job crisis.

Wednesday: “The New Job Search” – TIME’s Sean Gregory reports on the new rules for job interviews and CNNMoney reports where your resume goes after you hit “send.”

Thursday: CNNMoney reports on the possibility that Detroit has hired more technology hires than Silicon Valley.

American Morning, 6 – 9 a.m. ET, Monday – Friday:

Monday: CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry reports on what more the White House can do to support job growth, anchor Poppy Harlow reports on the state of the auto industry and CNN all platform journalists John Couwels and Jim Spellman interview two job hunters attempting to re-enter the market after serving as a Navy medic and non-profit executive. Meanwhile CNN’s education contributor Steve Perry, Ph.D talks about the state of America’s vocational training.

Tuesday: Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) talks about his special Legislative session on job creation and the status of his efforts to combat unemployment, following his state’s much publicized dispute on the collective bargaining rights of labor unions.

Wednesday: Christine Romans profiles Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” about his mission to promote skilled labor in America.

Thursday: Christine Romans uncovers the challenges facing women entrepreneurs to keep up with their male counterparts, which includes a feature on “Count Me In” grant-winning company Healthbarn. Also, Rana Foroohar will discuss TIME’s coverage on jobs.

Friday: In a segment called “Who’s Hiring?,” Ali Velshi delves into the phenomenon of U.S. manufacturing companies, long known for layoffs and shipping jobs overseas, having available jobs, but nobody to fill them.

CNN Newsroom, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday

CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux identifies the “Sheconomy,” where more women are having an impact on hiring, firing and the economy.

CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin takes a look at the job landscape for “The New Graduate.”

CNN correspondent Allen Chernoff reports on Millennials in the workplace and whether these high performers are as high maintenance as they are reputed to be.

Other stories this week will include a breakdown of executive salaries and a profile of Nat Turner, who at 24, sold his start up to Google for $100 million.

In the Arena, 8 – 9 p.m. ET, Wednesday May 18

CNN host Eliot Spitzer sits down with CNN host and TIME editor-at-large and columnist Fareed Zakaria to discuss job creation.

Your Money, 1- 2 p.m. ET, Saturday May 21; 3 – 4 p.m. ET, Sunday May 2

Ali Velshi will look at who’s hiring & where. Viewers will learn about the hottest jobs & employers in different regions across the U.S.

Your Bottom Line, 9:30 – 10 a.m. ET, Saturday May 21

Christine Romans examines just how aggressive one should be when going after a job with advice on how to push it, without blowing a chance at the job.

“America’s Job Hunt” is part of CNN’s weekly “In-Depth” series that focus on the most pressing themes of our time with comprehensive and robust reporting across the entire network and These reports examine what is relevant and important to the American people, providing more discussion and analysis beyond the day’s headlines.


Don Lemon Speaks On New Book

CNN Newsroom anchor Don Lemon opens up to the New York Times' Bill Carter, speaking about his new book, and his decision to publicly reveal his sexuality. (via: ICN)
“People are going to say: ‘Oh, he was molested as a kid and now he is coming out.’ I get it,” he said.

Few national television news anchors or hosts have publicly acknowledged being gay. Rachel Maddow is perhaps the best known. Her MSNBC colleague, Thomas Roberts, has also come out as gay.

Mr. Lemon has not made a secret of his sexual orientation in his work life; many of his CNN co-workers and managers have long been aware that he is gay. But he still acknowledged that going public in his book carries certain risks.

“I’m scared,” he said in a telephone interview. “I’m talking about something that people might shun me for, ostracize me for.”
You can read the full interview on the New York Times website here.

Earlier today, Don spoke live on CNN about his personal struggles.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Weekly Observations - week ending May 14, 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.

- Fareed Zakaria this week confirmed that he had held discussions on national security with President Obama. On Saturday, Zakaria issued a clarification to what he meant, following suggestions that he had been advising the president instead. (h/t: TVNewser)

- The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer will return to CNN International next month. The 6pm (eastern) hour will be simulcast to a global audience from June 6. Blitzer tweeted the news earlier this week, but a few viewers on the forum have expressed disappointment that an hour-long international news bulletin will be dumped in favor of the simulcast.

- CNN en Español is set to debut a new program tackling issues of interest to a Mexican society.

- Anderson Cooper punk’d on his own CNN broadcast with childhood photo.

- Should CNN's competition be concerned with its recent ratings boost?

- CNN this week debuted a new weekly column on its health news and views blog, 'The Chart'.

- CNN International's 'News Stream' team celebrates "Top Gun Day".

- CNN Digital sees increased traffic in April, thanks in part to Royal Wedding coverage and editorials on CNN Opinion.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

CNN To Debut New bin Laden Special, Soledad O'Brien Education Special This Weekend

CNN will premiere two new specials this weekend, including Soledad O'Briens latest installment of the 'In America' series. Details and airtimes from CNN are below.

CNN Presents: Inside The Mission: Getting bin Laden

CNN’s Chris Lawrence reports on the inside story of the mission to get bin Laden. With debriefs from an array of CNN's most experienced reporters around the world, the special report examines the complex military and intelligence decision-making process that led to the daring capture and killing of the world's most wanted terrorist inside Pakistan on May 2, 2011. CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen, CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry, senior political analyst Gloria Borger, and senior international correspondent Nic Robertson dissect the long hunt for bin Laden from the mountains of Tora Bora to the compound where he met his end. Former CIA director Michael Hayden, military interrogators, and Former CIA officer Gary Berntsen contribute first-hand knowledge from their experiences tracking bin Laden on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.

Education In America: Don't Fail Me

CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien follows a national high school robotics competition called FIRST to answer the questions about the future of education in this country and what IS working. Tracking the progress of three teams from three different states across the country, she learns more about the success areas and the gaps in the nation’s preparation for future competitiveness. Only 31 percent of American college students actually graduate in four years, and the most recent international tests ranked U.S. high school students at 17 in the world in science and 20 in math.

Airtimes (eastern):

Saturday, May 14, 2011

8:00pm – 9:00pm: CNN Presents: Inside The Mission: Getting bin Laden
11:00pm – 12:00am: CNN Presents: Inside The Mission: Getting bin Laden

Sunday, May 15, 2011

2:00am – 3:00am: CNN Presents: Inside The Mission: Getting bin Laden
7:00pm – 8:00pm: CNN Presents: Inside The Mission: Getting bin Laden
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Education in America: Don’t Fail Me
11:00pm – 12:00am: Education in America: Don’t Fail Me

Monday, May 16, 2011

2:00am – 3:00am: Education in America: Don’t Fail Me

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Former CNN President Burt Reinhardt Has Died

Former CNN President Burt Reinhardt has died aged 91, according to CNN.

Mr Reinhardt became President of CNN in 1983, previously serving as Vice President. He remained in the role until 1990. Mr Reinhardt went on to become vice chairman of the network until his retirement in 2000.

"I tell people that in my opinion, he's probably the most important and powerful news executive you've never heard of," said nephew Harlan Reinhardt.

"I'm sure a lot of people will talk about Burt's fiscal responsibility, but I think what set Burt apart from everyone else who has been at CNN was that he was quietly strong," said Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide. "And behind the scenes, this man has integrity and he's very competitive, but he wants to do things the right way. He's fair, but firm and he treated everyone with respect."

Reinhardt helped solidify the CNN logo as a strong symbol.

The logo, now commonly known as a "bug" in broadcast jargon, is almost always on the television screen during CNN's news coverage. This idea was the brainchild of Reinhardt.

Anderson Cooper noted Mr Reinhardt's passing during his show on Tuesday night.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011



Robin Meade Has Close Ties to Country Music Community; Honored in Role to Help Raise Funds

NASHVILLE, TN (May 10, 2011)—CMT has tapped HLN anchor Robin Meade to co-host Thursday’s “Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert,” airing live from the Grand Ole Opry House stage and Studio A on Thu, May 12, 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. HLN will re-broadcast “Music Rebuilds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert” in its entirety on Sun, May 15, 9 p.m. ET/8p.m. CT, to build additional awareness and funds to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief effort in the South.

Meade will join ESPN's Erin Andrews and comedian Ron White as co-host for the evening of fundraising featuring country music superstars, including Hank Williams, Jr. and Alabama, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw and Trace Adkins to raise awareness and funds for those affected by the recent and devastating storms, flooding and tornadoes. All money raised will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts.

“Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert” will highlight a number of regions affected by recent storm, tornado and flooding damage including Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Ala.; Natchez and Vicksburg, Miss.; Vidalia, La.; Dyersburg and Tiptonville, Tenn.; and Raleigh, N.C.

Red Cross phone lines will be open for HLN's re-air on Sun. Information is as follows: Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts.

Meade has spent a lot of time in Nashville songwriting and recording her debut album, featuring a number of today’s top stars. She is passionate about the music, and a strong believer in giving back.

“When I anchor stories about the recent storms in the South, my mind isn’t on the statistics, or the footage, or the sound bites, my thoughts are with that person who looks around and wonders, ‘what am I going to do now that everything is gone?’” said Meade. “I’m so touched by the resiliency of the storm victims, and the generosity of music fans and viewers to help these folks whose lives are now in disarray, and that’s what this telethon is going to be about, lifting up storm victims, letting them know, they’re not alone.”

In addition, Meade will provide live reports from the Grand Ole Opry House and interviews with featured musicians on Thu and Fri for her popular HLN morning show, “Morning Express with Robin Meade” (6 a.m. - 12 noon, ET).


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Monday, May 09, 2011 Relaunches With New Look today launched a new design and announced new partnerships with StockTwits and SigFig. The details from CNN's press release is below.

CNN Press Release: In partnership with StockTwits, a real-time, social idea network for the investing community, CNNMoney will feature editorial content from StockTwits bloggers, sell advertising across the blog network and share revenue. The StockTwits Blog Network brings together market professionals on a real-time financial platform where they can share in-depth, actionable financial ideas.

SigFig, an upcoming portfolio tool from Wikinvest, will be featured prominently in the new CNNMoney site starting in June 2011. The tool, which will be available exclusively on CNNMoney and SigFig when it launches, will sync with readers' brokerage accounts, help them track and analyze their holdings, and recommend ways they can invest better. Readers will also be able to create and edit mock portfolios and watch lists, set alerts, track news, and view performance and fees across all their accounts.

The new CNNMoney design elevates the brands of FORTUNE and MONEY with more substantial positioning on the homepage, as well as branded content throughout the site. The new FORTUNE homepage mimics the feel of the magazine in terms of iconography and fonts. FORTUNE’s finance coverage will have a larger presence on the new site in a new channel called Term Sheet, which features rich reporting on banking, economics, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

Also for the first time, CNNMoney and FORTUNE are coming together to create a shared technology channel to display news and analysis from both brands in one place. In March, traffic to technology coverage on CNNMoney has increased 85% YOY according to Omniture.

Additional elements of the redesigned site include:

* Beta web-based tablet view offering a visual display of all content and videos
*Expanded markets coverage with a new, interactive tracker on homepage
* New article elements such as quote bubbles and ability to lead with video as main image
* Hand-curated video homepage featuring videos in larger format with faster streaming
* Increased sharing functions for Twitter and Facebook, as well as the integration of Disqus as a commenting platform.
* Ability to sort content by popularity to which stories are trending on CNNMoney and across social media platforms
* Ability to sign up for news and stock alerts, watch lists, and newsletters
* Expanded ad units and advertising opportunities

The launch sponsors for the redesign are Adobe and BMW.

Click here to read a note about the new site from Editor, Dan Roth.

Click here to read a note about the new site from Chris Peacock, CNNMoney executive editor.

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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Weekly Observations - week ending May 7, 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.

- Robin Meade co-hosts the Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert this Thursday at 9 PM ET on CMT and Robin's new album Brand New Day hit Target stores and iTunes this June. Check out the cover art below:

- Anchor and Special Correspondent Soledad O'Brien co-hosted CBS' The Talk this week. (US Only Video)

- At CNN, scrambling to prepare for an unknown story.

- Rick Sanchez hopes to be chosen person in L.A.

- TVNewser has the details of CNN disbanding their New York-based Graphics Department.

- An update on 2008 Top 10 CNN Hero Tad Agoglia.

- Luis Carlos Velez debuted as co-host on CNN International's World Business Today on Friday. You can see an aircheck of that program in the video here.

- Demi Moore contributes to CNN documentary on Nepal's stolen children.

- In a clear swipe at Fox News (who earlier got Reuters and Associated Press offside by placing restrictions on photographs and video of their debates) CNN announced it will make its Presidential Debate footage available without restrictions.


Friday, May 06, 2011

Carlos Diaz Joins HLN: Makes Wild Debut on "Morning Express"

CNN Press Release - Check out wild on-air debut:

Carlos Diaz has joined HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade team as Sports Anchor it was announced today live on Morning Express. Beginning today, Diaz anchors Morning Express (M-F, 6 a.m.–12 noon ET) sports segments, and will also contribute and serve as guest host on multiple shows across HLN.

Diaz (@carlosHLN) joins the Morning Express ensemble (@morn_eXpress) hosted by Robin Meade (@RobinMeade) with correspondent Ryan Smith (@RyanSmithTV), personal finance anchor Jennifer Westhoven and meteorologist Bob Van Dillen. HLN’s popular morning show digs deeper into the day’s top stories, while providing a daily dose of news, weather, sports, entertainment and finance.

“Carlos’s positive energy and gift for storytelling is a natural fit to round out the lively Morning Express cast,” said Bill Galvin, Senior Vice President, HLN. “Carlos has been a friend to HLN for more than a year, guest hosting programs including Showbiz Tonight and Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, and we couldn’t be happier that he is now in the family.”

“Joining HLN and the Morning Express crew is like coming home,” said Diaz. “The opportunity to bring my experiences, interests and skills to a world-class brand is both exciting and awesome.”

Diaz has sports in his blood, serving as a reporter for ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” interviewing the sports elite including Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning. He also served as an anchor for the National Basketball Association's television network, NBA TV, as well as a features writer for

Most recently, Diaz served as a correspondent for the entertainment news magazine “Extra” for eight years, and for the first three, he also hosted the syndicated show “Celebrity Justice.” During his tenure, Diaz additionally hosted “The Daily Diaz,” a nationally syndicated radio report that featured the latest on entertainment, news and sports.

Diaz began his career as a radio sports director in his hometown of Indianapolis, IN, holding a subsequent sports anchor and reporter job at WSVN-TV in Miami.

Diaz currently resides in Atlanta, GA and enjoys snowboarding, golfing, cooking and traveling the world.

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CNN Premieres Three New Specials This Weekend

CNN will premiere three new specials this weekend, as well as examine the life of al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in an updated special, 'In The Footsteps Of bin Laden'. Airtimes and descriptions from CNN below.

CNN Presents: In The Footsteps Of bin Laden

CNN’s Anderson Cooper anchors an investigation into the life of al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, killed earlier this week by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs directed by the CIA. Partially-based upon the book, The Osama bin Laden I Know, by CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen, who was among the first team of television journalists to interview bin Laden in 1997, FOOTSTEPS was filmed in 10 countries, and features interviews with 10 people with first-person knowledge of bin Laden. Former CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour’s reporting sheds light on the man who declared war on the United States and was the world’s most wanted terrorist.

CNN Presents: A Larry King Special - Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic

CNN’s Larry King hosts a special on the sixth-leading cause of death across all ages in the U.S. that afflicts 5.4 million people, about which many Americans still know relatively little. King will be joined by people who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease and will include interviews with former First Lady Laura Bush and California’s former First Lady and Alzheimer’s activist Maria Shriver; actors Seth Rogen, and Angie Dickinson; TV host Leeza Gibbons; football star Terrell Owens and son of President Ronald Reagan, Ron Reagan. Neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will explain what Alzheimer’s is and how this disease affects the human brain.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Saving Gabby Giffords

CNN chief medical correspondent and practicing neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta adds his expert medical insights to a report of how U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) survived the mass shooting in Tucson earlier this year that killed six and wounded 18 others. Describing how the frantic, life-saving efforts saved the Congresswoman’s life, Gupta interviews the EMTs who evacuated her to a trauma hospital, her surgeons, her rehabilitation doctors and other therapists. Gupta also performs a surgical demonstration of the skull surgery for the documentary so that viewers can better understand how it works.

CNN Presents: Murder Abroad – The Amanda Knox Story

American exchange student Amanda Knox was convicted nearly 18 months ago for the murder of roommate Meredith Kercher, British exchange student in Perugia, Italy. CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin traveled to Perugia, Italy, where the sexual assault and stabbing death occurred, and Seattle, WA, where Knox grew up and her parents still live, to report the truth behind the international headlines. Griffin has a rare television interview with the chief prosecutor in the case, Giuliano Mignini, and reveals a pattern of prosecutorial behavior that raises questions about the original conviction.

Friday, May 06, 2011

11:00pm – 12:00am CNN Presents: In The Footsteps Of bin Laden (LIVE with tape)

Saturday, May 07, 2011

2:00am – 3:00am CNN Presents: In The Footsteps Of bin Laden
8:00pm – 9:00pm CNN Presents: A Larry King Special - Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic
9:00pm – 10:00pm CNN Presents: In The Footsteps Of bin Laden
11:00pm – 12:00am CNN Presents: A Larry King Special - Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic

Sunday, May 08, 2011

12:00am – 1:00am CNN Presents: In The Footsteps Of bin Laden
3:00am – 4:00am CNN Presents: In The Footsteps Of bin Laden
2:00am – 3:00am CNN Presents: A Larry King Special - Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic
5:00am – 6:00am CNN Presents: In The Footsteps Of bin Laden
7:00pm – 8:00pm Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Saving Gabby Giffords (PREMIERE)
8:00pm – 9:00pm CNN Presents: Murder Abroad – The Amanda Knox Story (PREMIERE)
11:00pm – 12:00am CNN Presents: Murder Abroad – The Amanda Knox Story

Monday, May 09, 2011

2:00am – 3:00am CNN Presents: Murder Abroad – The Amanda Knox Story

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Anderson Cooper To Anchor Coverage Of Obama's Visit To Ground Zero

CNN has issued a programming note to announce Anderson Cooper will anchor live from Ground Zero in New York from 11:00am (eastern) today, part of CNN's coverage of President Obama's visit to the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Mr Obama's visit follows the death of bin Laden earlier this week, and is the President's first visit to the site since 2008.

Cooper will also continue to anchor live from Ground Zero for AC360. Former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice is among the guest lineup tonight.

CNN also notes that John King, USA will also be live from Ground Zero at 7:00pm (eastern). Former Secretary of Homeland Security and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge is scheduled to appear during the program.

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Monday, May 02, 2011

CNN Posts Big Numbers For bin Laden Coverage

CNN posted big numbers overnight with breaking news coverage on the death of Osama bin Laden. CNN's coverage peaked at 9.5 million viewers at 11:30pm (eastern). Details from CNN follows.


According Nielsen Fast National data, CNN dominated cable news coverage with the breaking news of the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday night, May 1st.

10:00 pm – 3:00 am, ET: CNN’s Coverage of the Death of Osama bin Laden vs. Cable News Competition

Coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden (10:00p-3:00a) delivered 4.142 million total viewers and 2.101 million P25-54, up 981% and 1434% over the prior 4-Sunday performance, respectively. FNC followed with 2.845 total viewers and 1.267 in the demo and MSNBC trailed with 1.584 total viewers and 800k in the demo.

CNN was top-rated in both total viewers and P25-54, topping second-place FXNC by 46% among total viewers and 66% among P25-54. CNN also out-performed third-place MSNBC by 161% among total viewers and by 163% among P25-54.

This is CNN’s best 10:00p-3:00a performance since Election Night 2008, when the network delivered 8.989 million total viewers and 4.598 million P25-54.

11 pm: The hour President Obama announced bin Laden’s death:

CNN: 7.763 million total viewers/3.904 million demo 25-54

FNC: 4.778 million total viewers/2.070 million demo

MSNBC: 2.275 million total viewers/1.126 million demo

CNN’s coverage peaked during the 11p hour averaging 7.763 million total viewers and 3.904 million P25-54.

By quarter-hour, CNN’s coverage peaked at 11:30pm (Pres. Obama Address) with 9.527 million total viewers and 4.768 million among adults 25-54.

The hour outperformed CNN’s 11 pm prior four Sunday’s average by +1080% among total viewers and +1627% among P25-54.

10 pm: Leading up to President Obama’s announcement:

CNN: 2.329 million total viewers/961k demo 25-54

FNC: 2.317 million total viewers/895k demo

MSNBC: 1.085 million total viewers/485k demo

Social Media: While news of Osama bin Laden’s death was unfolding, the terms “Wolf Blitzer” and “watching CNN” became trending topics globally on Twitter between 10p and 2a ET.


Sunday, May 01, 2011

CNN Covers bin Laden Death

CNN Domestic and CNN International are currently in continuing breaking coverage with the news that U.S. forces have killed Osama bin Laden. No word yet on overnight schedule changes from CNN, but we expect CNN Domestic and CNN International to continue simulcasting rolling coverage in the hours ahead.

A rough timeline of how events on CNN have unfolded so far on Sunday night...

- During the 10:00pm (eastern) hour, Wolf Blitzer replaces Don Lemon on air after word broke of an unscheduled announcement from President Obama. John King is in Washington with analysis and additional reporting.

- Speculation on what the announcement could be builds, with early reports from sources suggesting that the U,S. had killed Osama bin Laden.

- Announcement from Obama was timed for 10:30pm (eastern); this was delayed by almost an hourr.

- CNN receives confirmation from 3 intelligence sources that Osama bin Laden is dead.

- Shortly after 11:15pm (eastern) President Obama announced to the world that bin Laden had been killed during a U.S. operation in Pakistan.

Monday Morning...

- 12:08 am (eastern) - CNN Domestic and CNN International continue rolling coverage of the breaking news with Wolf Blitzer anchoring from Washington. Live report from Kabul, Afghanistan with CNN's Nick Paton Walsh. Ed Henry reports from the White House with scenes of crowds gathering at the White House gates and cheering.

- 12:14am (eastern) - CNN security expert Peter Bergen says the death of bin Laden is the "end of the War on Terror". Not clear if Mr. Bergen just mispoke, or whether he meant to say that. It seems to be at odds with what we've heard from his analysis in the past.

- 12:20am (eastern) - CNN Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence reports that the entire operation took only 40 minutes, with U.S. led forces practicing attack prior to launching assault.

- 12:25am (eastern) - CNN Domestic says it will continue live simulcast coverage through 1am (eastern). As of now, CNNUS will take the live CNN International broadcast after 1am.

- 12:30am (eastern) - CNN replays President Obama's announcement of bin Laden's death in full.

- 12:43am (eastern) - CNN's Jason Carroll reports live from Ground Zero in New York City where crowds have started to gather and cheer.

- 12:48am (eastern) - CNN airs first video from Geo Newsof mansion in Pakistan where bin Laden was killed.

- 01:03am (eastern) - Wolf Blitzer continues to anchor coverage on CNN Domestic / CNN International.

- 01:05am (eastern) - Chants of "U.S.A., U.S.A." break out behind Jason Carroll while he speaks with members of the crowd gathering at Ground Zero in New York City.

- 01:22am (eastern) - CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger reports new information from congressional source that bin Laden was shot in the head.

- 01:28am (eastern) - CNN takes its first commercial break since rolling coverage started during the 10:00pm (eastern) hour.

- 01:39am (eastern) - For the first time during this coverage (?) John King uses his "magic wall" to explore area where bin Laden was killed. Abbottabad, Pakistan is a city of around a million people.

- 02:00am (eastern) - CNN Domestic simulcasts continuing coverage from CNN International.


CNN's Royal Wedding/Nielsen Fast National Data for Friday, April 29, 2011

CNN News Release - CNN's Royal Wedding/Nielsen Fast National Data for Friday, April 29, 2011:

* CNN's coverage of the Royal Wedding (4:00a-10:00a) delivered 1.662 million total viewers and 714k P25-54, up 473% and 500% over the prior 4-Friday performance, respectively.

* CNN was top rated in both total viewers and P25-54, topping second-place FXNC by 7% among total viewers and 52% among P25-54. CNN also out-performed third-place MSNBC by 164% among total viewers and by 146% among P25-54 (4:00a-10:00a).

* This is CNN's best 4:00a-10:00a P2+ delivery since the day after the 2008 Presidential Election (November 5, 2008) and its best P25-54 delivery since news of the Japan earthquake hit last month (March 11, 2011).

* Piers Morgan's special coverage of the Royal Wedding (8:00p-10:00p) delivered 1.286 million total viewers and 397k P25-54, up 121% and 139% over prior 4-Friday performance, respectively. This represents CNN's best 8:00p-10:00p among both P2+ and P25-54 since March 20, 2011 (start of crisis in Libya).

* Anderson Cooper's Royal Wedding Special (10:00p-12:00m) delivered 940k total viewers and 331k P25-54, up 43% and 40%, respectively, over prior 4-Friday performance.
This is CNN's best 10:00p-12:00m P2+ and P25-54 delivery since April 8, 2011 (Congressional Budget Deal reached).

CNN's Cume Delivery (4:00a-10:00a):

*CNN registered a total audience cume delivery of 9.634 million, up 152% over its prior 4 Friday average, and 4.056 million P25-54, up 180% over cume delivery achieved the prior 4 Fridays.


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Weekly Observations - week ending April 30, 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.

- CNN's Cooper says Fox's Hannity distorted words. (via ICN)

- Pakistan takes issue with CNN-IBN.

- A royal treat: iReporter Jason Sauter.

- TVNewser recaps the 2011 Whitehouse Correspondents Dinner.