Sunday, June 05, 2011

Weekly Observations - week ending June 4, 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 Washington bureau went dark earlier this week, forcing The Situation Room and John King, USA to broadcast on generator power.

- Candidates announced for CNN's New Hampshire GOP primary debate.

- CNN's Belief Blog marked its first birthday with its best ever month of traffic. The blog notched up over 12 million views in the month of May.

- Larry King finds the 'Real Time with Bill Maher' set too cold.

- CNN International's 'Quest Means Business' underwent a mini makeover this week. The program recieved new titles and a remixed theme.

- Piers Morgan tackles summer double duty as 'America’s Got Talent' judge and CNN host.

- Former CNN correspondent Karl Penhaul made his freelancing debut for Al Jazeera English this week. CNN Observations has learned that Karl will contribute to the Qatar-based english language network, as well as Univision. You can follow Karl on his new twitter account: @KarlPenhaul

- CNN political contributor Amy Holmes lands co-anchor gig on America's Radio News Network.

- CNN International's 'Back|Story' has teased a new set with two pictures on facebook and Twitter. The program's producers have said on their facebook page that viewers could see the new set on air by "early July". Meanwhile, CNN International's London studio added a larger touch screen to their set this week.

- Anderson Cooper celebrated his birthday on Thursday. CNN Public Relations tweeted a behind the scenes video of Cooper's birthday surprise.

Photo courtesy of The Meyer Group



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