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.



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