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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012!


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Friday, December 30, 2011

This Weekend's Programming December 31, 2011

SATURDAY, December 31, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday – 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta recaps a year of amazing medical triumphs, mysterious and blunders – and updates stories that captured viewers’ hearts and minds – including a special update with Max “Little Darth Vader” Page.

THE CONTENDERS 2012 – Airs LIVE Saturday 2:00PM – 6:00PM
CNN will launch The Contenders 2012 series on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 1 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The distinctive coverage, anchored by Candy Crowley live from Iowa, will give viewers a chance to learn more about the 2012 GOP presidential candidates by capturing unedited, uninterrupted remarks from campaign events throughout the weekend.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Countdown to the Iowa caucuses: Wolf Blitzer’s interviews with all of the GOP presidential candidates including, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman.
Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE WITH ANDERSON COOPER AND KATHY GRIFFIN – Airs LIVE 11:00pm – 1:00am (Replay 2:00AM – 4:00AM)

SUNDAY, January 1, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday – 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta recaps a year of amazing medical triumphs, mysterious and blunders – and updates stories that captured viewers’ hearts and minds – including a special update with Max “Little Darth Vader” Page.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE FROM DES MOINES, IOWA - Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM
Topic: 2012 Race; Iowa Caucuses
Guest: Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Republican presidential candidate
Topic: “The Kingmaker” on the GOP Candidates
Guest: Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
Topic: Importance of Iowa in 2012
Guest: Gov. Terry Branstad (R) Iowa
Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topics: Iran, Israel, and the ‘Arab Spring’ is the region headed toward more conflict – or, are there new opportunities for peace amidst the current turmoil? It’s the 10th anniversary of the euro bank note: can / should the euro be saved?
Guest: Ian Bremmer, PhD, president, Eurasia Group
Guest: Anne-Marie Slaughter, D.Phil, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department of State (Barack Obama Administration)
Guest: Daniel Franklin, digital editor at Random House Group - UK
Topics: Is there intelligent life beyond Earth?
Guest: Lisa Randall, theoretical physicist, Harvard University
Topics: What can we apply from learning how we think to making a better world?
Guest: Daniel Kahneman, PhD, Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences; author of Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011)
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11:00AM – NOON
Topic: Iowa Caucus Preview
Guest: Michael Shear, The New York Times
Guest: Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post
Guest: A.B. Stoddard, The Hill
Topic: Rise in Negative Coverage of Ron Paul
Guest: Debra Saunders, The San Francisco Chronicle
Guest: John Aravosis, AmericaBlog.com
Topic: Life on the Campaign Trail
Guest: Rachel Streitfeld, CNN
Guest: Sara Boxer, CBS News
Host: Howard Kurtz

THE CONTENDERS 2012 – Airs Sunday 2:00PM – 5:00PM
CNN will launch The Contenders 2012 series on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 1 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The distinctive coverage, anchored by Candy Crowley live from Iowa, will give viewers a chance to learn more about the 2012 GOP presidential candidates by capturing unedited, uninterrupted remarks from campaign events throughout the weekend.

Countdown to Iowa: Final 48 Hours – Airs LIVE Sunday 8:00PM – 10:00PM (replays 11:00PM – 1:00AM)
On Sunday, Jan. 1, CNN will kick off the network’s “America’s Choice 2012” coverage with a prime-time special Countdown to Iowa: Final 48 Hours with Wolf Blitzer anchoring live from the Election Center.

** PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE CHANGES:


BEGINNING MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012:


Early Start
with Ashleigh Banfield & Zoraida Sambolin – Weekdays, 5:00AM – 7:00AM ET
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien -- Weekdays, 7:00AM – 9:00AM ET

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012:

CNN America’s Choice 2012: Iowa Caucuses – Airs LIVE 7:00PM – Midnight ET


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Year's Eve on CNN

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Co-Host CNN’s New Years Eve Celebration



Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin will again co-host CNN’s celebration of the New Year’s Eve celebration on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (ET). The odd-couple will ring in the new year for CNN’s "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” live from NYC’s Time Square.
"Get ready, America. Pull up a chair and a box of your finest wine, because you've never seen a New Year's Eve show like this,” said Griffin. “By the time I'm done with him, Anderson's hair is going to be even more gray. In fact, the night is going to be so wild, his hair is actually going to turn brown again."
“Kathy Griffin scares me. I’ve said this often to CNN management directly and through my attorneys,” said Cooper “She continues to appear by my side on New Year’s Eve, so clearly no one is listening to me”
CNN correspondents will provide reports from celebrations across the country and around the world. Isha Sesay will join Cooper and Griffin from the crowds in Times Square and Gary Tuchman will report live from Central Park for the annual Midnight Run. Correspondent John Zarrella will be live in Key West, Florida and Brooke Baldwin from Nashville, Tennessee. The show will simulcast on CNN International. After Anderson and Griffin sign off from Times Square at 12:30a.m. (ET) CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and Marty Savidge will take over from Nashville and count down to midnight, central time.

Leading up to “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” will be “Best and Worst of 2011,” an Anderson Cooper 360° special, which will air at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.(ET). The special will count down to the new year by looking back at 2010, anchored by Tom Foreman, who will shine a spotlight on the highs and lows of the past twelve months in politics, pop culture, the economy, entertainment, and much more. A re-air of Piers Morgan Tonight will air at 9 p.m. (ET).



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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ratings for the Week of December 19 - 23



1 - Special programming was shown on one night during the week.


Rating calculations are weekly averages based on nightly ratings provided by TVNewser with data by Nielsen Media Research. Numbers reflect Live and same day (DVR) data.


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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011



Merry Christmas from the ATC Team

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Friday, December 23, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 12/23/11

SATURDAY, December 24, 2011
Please see below CNN SPECIALS PROGRAMMING NOTE


SUNDAY, December 25, 2011


STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM
Topic: Future of North Korea, congressional gridlock, Tea Party
Guest: Sen. Dick Lugar (R) ranking member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Topic: 2012 Race preview
Guest: Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst
Guest: A.B. Stoddard, columnist for The Hill
Topic: Condoleezza Rice on her time in the Bush Administration
Guest: Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state
Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topics: How will history view the rancorous cultural and political times we live in today? The President? The Congress?; Also, a look back at a time when Americans were curious about the rest of the world
Guest: David McCullough, author (most recently) The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
Topics: What does the author of Bloodmoney say about where reality meets fiction in his book? What kind of cover businesses does the CIA use? Are the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI in a never-ending game of cat-and-mouse?
Guest: David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post
Topics: Innovation, building construction, and design; Should architectural be subject to sustainability?
Guest: Frank Gehry, architect
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs Sunday 11:00AM – NOON
Topics: Scandals, Politics, and Foreign events of 2011
Guest: Jamie McIntyre, NPR Newscaster
Guest: Lauren Ashburn, former managing editor, USA Today
Guest: Fred Francis, former NBC special correspondent
Topics: Transitioning to Buzzfeed
Guest: Ben Smith, Politico
Host: Howard Kurtz

CNN SPECIALS PROGRAMMING NOTE:
Please note the following CNN schedule and program descriptions – all times below are EASTERN.

Friday, December 23, 2011
8:00pm – 9:00pm Anderson Cooper Special: CNN on the Frontlines
10:00pm – 11:00pm Anderson Cooper Special: CNN on the Frontlines

Saturday, December 24, 2011
1:00am – 2:00am Anderson Cooper Special: CNN on the Frontlines
4:00am – 5:00am Anderson Cooper Special: CNN on the Frontlines
7:30am – 8:00am SANJAY GUPTA MD (description to come)
2:00pm – 2:30pm Big Stars Big Giving
2:30pm – 3:00pm Giving in Focus
3:00pm – 4:00pm CNN Presents: Mystery of Jesus
4:00pm – 5:00pm CNN Presents: The Two Marys
5:00pm – 7:00pm CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE
7:00pm – 8:00pm AC 360’s All the Best, All the Worst 2011
8:00pm – 9:00pm Anderson Cooper Special: CNN on the Frontlines
9:00pm – 10:00pm A Piers Morgan Christmas
10:00pm – 12:00am CNN Presents After Jesus – The First Christians

Sunday, December 25, 2011
12:00am – 1:00am A Piers Morgan Christmas
1:00am – 2:00am Anderson Cooper Special: CNN on the Frontlines
2:00am – 4:00am CNN Presents After Jesus – The First Christians
4:00am – 5:00am CNN Presents: Mystery of Jesus
5:00am – 6:00am CNN Presents: The Two Marys
6:00am – 7:00am Anderson Cooper Special: CNN on the Frontlines
7:30am – 8:00am SANJAY GUPTA MD (description to come)
10:00am – 11:00am FAREED ZAKARIA GPS (description below)
1:00pm – 2:00pm FAREED ZAKARIA GPS (description below)
2:00pm – 2:30pm THE NEXT LIST (first show – please see description below)
2:30pm – 3:00pm THE NEXT LIST (second show – please see description below)
3:00pm – 4:00pm Your Money
4:00pm – 4:30pm Big Stars Big Giving
4:30pm – 5:00pm Giving in Focus
5:00pm – 7:00pm CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE
7:00pm – 8:00pm Anderson Cooper Special: CNN on the Frontlines
8:00pm - 9:00pm Piers Morgan Tonight
9:00pm – 10:00pm Piers Morgan Tonight
10:00pm – 11:00pm A Piers Morgan Christmas
11:00pm – 12:00am Anderson Cooper Special: CNN on the Frontlines

Program Descriptions:
BLACK IN AMERICA: THE NEW PROMISED LAND – SILICON VALLEY
While much of the country struggles to emerge from a recession, California’s Silicon Valley is booming, and technology companies like Facebook, Skype, and Apple are seeing their valuations soar. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien profiles a unique technology-focused “accelerator” – a collaborative of African-American start-up founders with Internet-based businesses developed to help diversify the technology sector. Eight participants – strangers – lived together for nine weeks in a modest, three-bedroom house in Mountain View, CA, were mentored, worked on their business proposals, and pitched for venture capital funding. Viewers see their journey, learn who secured funding to develop their Web-based companies – and who is still waiting.

ANDERSON COOPER SPECIAL: CNN ON THE FRONTLINES
CNN’s international correspondents Matthew Chance, Arwa Damon, Hala Gorani, Kyung Lah, Nic Robertson, Sara Sidner, Ivan Watson and Ben Wedeman join anchor Anderson Cooper for their personal reflections of the international breaking news they covered in 2011, including the fall of long-held dictatorships in Egypt and Libya, and the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

CNN PRESENTS: The Mystery of Jesus
Exploring the stories and questions surrounding Jesus, CNN Presents uses research techniques, medical modeling, and analysis from biblical scholars to try to answer: When was Jesus born – and was it in Bethlehem? What did he look like? And how did he really die? From Nazareth to Galilee to Jerusalem, this documentary, narrated by Liam Neeson, recreates Jesus’ largely unknown early life as a young Jewish boy, and then probes the mysteries of his betrayal, trial, execution, and the miracle of his resurrection.

CNN PRESENTS: The Two Marys
Sigourney Weaver narrates this documentary of the biographies of the "Founding Mothers" of Christianity – and what the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene mean to believers today. CNN Presents traveled to Galilee, the northernmost province of Israel, where Jesus, and Christianity, was born to visit archeological digs, Jerusalem, and popular shrines in Rome and Fatima, Lourdes and Vézelay to show the great influence of the two women closest to Jesus. Scholars grapple with the reality of who these women were and how their roles continue to change the world's largest faith.

A Piers Morgan Christmas
CNN’s Piers Morgan hosts a holiday special featuring his interviews with Beyoncé, Lenny Kravitz, Donny and Marie Osmond, and Tony Bennett and Mitch Winehouse remembering Amy Winehouse. Also featured are musical performances by Il Divo and 2011 America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

CNN presents: AFTER JESUS – THE FIRST CHRISTIANS
As two billion Christians worldwide prepare for the celebration of Christmas, CNN examines archeological evidence and insights from renowned authorities on the ancient church to explore how a faith challenged by the martyrdom of its earliest followers and apostles, could also survive controversy and vigorous debate over its orthodoxy, to become the world’s largest religion. Narrated by Liam Neeson, After Jesus explores the sometimes surprising early history of Christianity, and the challenges and struggles of the early church.

THE NEXT LIST (12/25/2011 – first show)
Graffiti artists take risks to tag forbidden walls and public spaces with their creations. CNN anchor Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews Tristan Eaton. Now an artist, illustrator, and toy designer, Eaton still remembers jumping fences and occasionally even having a gun pulled on him during his wilder youth. Now Eaton is sought after by rock bands, celebrities, and companies - and in 2008, he even created art for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

THE NEXT LIST (12/25/2011 – second show)
CNN anchor Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews social roboticist Heather Knight about her inspiring visions and creations for human interaction with technology. Knight describes to Dr. Gupta how people relate to technology and introduces him to “Data” – a talking robot that tells jokes, dances, and remembers human behaviors.

BIG STARS, BIG GIVING
CNN national correspondent Alina Cho interviews celebrities Jennifer Lopez, Will Ferrell, President Bill Clinton, Tony Bennett, Jeff Bridges and more about their foundations and charitable lives.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports: BIG HITS, BROKEN DREAMS
Football is a way of life at many high schools across America, and that’s true at JH Rose High School in Greenville, North Carolina, as well. But football glory has come at a cost for JH Rose. In the fall of 2008, Jaquan Waller, a JH Rose junior, died from "second impact syndrome," a fatal swelling of the brain that occurred when he took a blow to his head before his first concussion injury had healed, just weeks later Matt Gfeller, a sophomore at Reynolds High School in neighboring Winston-Salem, NC, died from a single concussion. And even last year, the J.H. Rose Rampants lost their star quarterback when his 6th concussion took him out of the game forever. Nationally, less than 40% of high schools have certified trainers – the key medical personnel who can help diagnose and treat injured players. CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with the coaches, parents and kids trying to learn how to prevent this danger in youth sports.



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Jim Walton's Memo to CNN Staffers

From DC Fishbowl:

December 22, 2011

To: CNN Staff
From: Jim Walton
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Get ready. Any minute now, columnists and pundits will decide what 2011 was the year of. As in, The Year of Regime Change or The Year of the Arab Spring. The Year of Occupations seems like a possibility. Maybe The Year of The Royal Wedding. I will not be surprised to hear someone proclaim this The Year of Tebow. I hope not to learn that it was The Year of Kardashian.

I wouldn’t want the job of choosing just one event to represent the past twelve months—not in a world as complex, diverse, challenged and changing as ours. Besides, I think most people mark time with milestones closer to home: The year we got the dog. The year we drove to the Grand Canyon. The year (or years) the Christmas tree fell over. Many of mine connect to CNN. I remember and celebrate the stories, the launches and the honors for the achievements they are, especially for the work that I know went into them and the people who made them happen.

I think I’ll remember 2011 as the year that CNN’s international reporting reasserted its dominance on the media landscape. Through an extraordinary news cycle, we told global stories of natural disaster, political upheaval, war and human failing with breadth, authority and timeliness. We worked together and across our platforms. Our journalism set us apart. Our work made a difference to millions who count on us.

It was the year that the CNN/U.S. prime time schedule regained its footing and became the only news network to post growth in prime - with a significant increase of 30%; that our signature In America franchise distinguished itself and our brand with thoughtful, provocative new chapters; that CNN’s Freedom Project shone light in the dark corners of slavery and human trafficking; and that CNN Heroes reminded us that service, selflessness and humility are quietly and profoundly at work all around us.

I’ll look back on 2011 as a great year for CNN.com, highlighted by the acquisition of Zite and content enhancements that brought interesting new characters and voices to the site. It was a runway year for our colleagues covering the U.S. Presidential race. As the only cable news network whose reporting doesn’t take sides, our election coverage is poised for leadership and respect as political journalism without agenda. And it was a year of high-fives for our technology colleagues and becoming the first to simulcast our domestic networks on the Web.

No doubt about it: 2011 was The Year of the Trial at HLN and In Session, with their wall-to-wall coverage of courtroom drama and the record-setting ratings it delivered. HLN also provided powerful and moving reporting on the struggles of military families and on communities across America recovering and rebuilding in the wake of disaster.

I’m pleased that this was our eighth consecutive year of profit growth, and more so since that period covers the worst recession in 80 years. It’s been a true team effort to grow our business in this economy, and it would not have happened without creativity, commitment and, sometimes, sacrifice. We didn’t do it on our own; Turner Broadcasting and our sister networks and businesses are unfailing in their support of and pride in CNN.

This was the year that many of us took on new assignments. We welcomed colleagues whose energy and ideas are the future of CNN, and we said goodbye to some on whose shoulders we stand. We are who, what and where we are because Burt Reinhardt, Jon Petrovich, Nick Charles and Stan Case were here.

Those are some of the ways I’ll remember this year. Here’s one more: I marked my 30th anniversary as part of CNN, doing work I love in a place unlike any other. My wish for each of you is a run as enjoyable as mine has been and continues to be. And I hope that when you look back on 2011, it’s with pride, satisfaction and good memories of this Year of CNN.

We asked a lot of you this year and I am grateful to each of you for working so hard and delivering in so many ways. Thank you.

Jim

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

‘CNN On The Frontlines’ Premieres Dec. 23


CNN’s International Correspondents Reflect on the Biggest Stories of 2011 ‘CNN On The Frontlines’ Premieres Globally on Friday, Dec. 23 at 8p.m. ET

CNN’s international correspondents join Anderson Cooper for a one-hour special presentation of their personal reflections of the international breaking news they covered in 2011, including the fall of long-held dictatorships in Egypt and Libya, and the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. CNN On The Frontlines will broadcast on CNN and CNN International on Friday, December 23, at 8p.m. (ET), with Matthew Chance, Arwa Damon, Hala Gorani, Kyung Lah, Nic Robertson, Sara Sidner, Ivan Watson and Ben Wedeman.


In a rare studio gathering of CNN’s international correspondents, Cooper interviews them about life reporting on the frontlines, as well as the latest developments and challenges for media in covering current stories overseas. CNN’s correspondents reflect on some of the memorable moments of 2011, including: Chance’s reporting while held hostage inside the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli by regime forces; Damon eluding government minders in Syria to cover the underground Syrian resistance movement; Gorani’s reporting from Cairo as the regime released camels into crowds of democracy protesters in Tahrir Square; Sidner’s reporting from Tripoli as rebels advanced on the city; Lah’s reporting live from Japan on the earthquake and tsunami; Robertson’s exclusive discovery of the Lockerbie bomber ailing with an oxygen mask in a villa in Tripoli; Watson’s report from Egypt’s Tahrir Square as the uprisings became dangerous for journalists; and Wedeman’s reports as the first Western television journalist to enter Libya after the uprisings.


When Cooper asked if stories stay with them, Robertson answered, “I’ve experienced on several occasions, I will sit on the plane on the way home and it’s the first time when you can stop and you’re not focusing on the next story and you’re beginning to disconnect and disengage and the tears are rolling down my face and I can’t stop it, and I don’t want to stop it because that’s part of the release. I’m lucky when I go home. I walk in the front door and I’m dad, I have two girls and a lovely wife, and I like running and that dissipates some of it. But why do we go out again? Because ultimately, we believe it does make a difference.”



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Monday, December 19, 2011

Ratings for the Week of December 12-16th



1 - Special programming was aired on one night during the week


Rating calculations are weekly averages based on nightly ratings provided by TVNewser with data by Nielsen Media Research. Numbers reflect Live and same day (DVR) data.


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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Your Views on the News 12/17/11



It's a busy time of year but if you have time to share your opinions we're listening.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 12/16/11

SATURDAY, December 17, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday – 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Beirut correspondent Arwa Damon update a heartrending story that has engaged viewers since 2007. While playing outside his Baghdad home, a five-year-old Youssif was horribly burned by masked men that drenched him in kerosene and set him on fire. Damon visited Youssif recently and spoke with him and his family about their lives in Los Angeles and his continuing recovery. Also, Jonathan Gruber (Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works, 2011), MIT economics professor, not only helped design the Obama health care law, but also helped Mitt Romney draft his health care plan in Massachusetts. Dr. Gupta speaks with him about both, interviews Sarah Werner about conception after cancer, and talks about beating the seasonal blues with Dr. Andrew Weil.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
The best of The Situation Room from the week of Dec. 12.
Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

SUNDAY, December 18, 2011


SANJAY GUPTA MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday – 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Beirut correspondent Arwa Damon update a heartrending story that has engaged viewers since 2007. While playing outside his Baghdad home, a five-year-old Youssif was horribly burned by masked men that drenched him in kerosene and set him on fire. Damon visited Youssif recently and spoke with him and his family about their lives in Los Angeles and his continuing recovery. Also, Jonathan Gruber (Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works, 2011), MIT economics professor, not only helped design the Obama health care law, but also helped Mitt Romney draft his health care plan in Massachusetts. Dr. Gupta speaks with him about both, interviews Sarah Werner about conception after cancer, and talks about beating the seasonal blues with Dr. Andrew Weil.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM
Topic: Politics of a Payroll Tax Cut
Guest: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Guest: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Topic: New Hampshire; 2012 Rivals
Guest: Jon Huntsman (R), presidential candidate
Topic: End of the U.S. War in Iraq
Guest: Paul Bremer, Former Presidential Envoy to Iraq
Guest: Gen. James Cartwright (Ret.), Former Vice-Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff
Guest: Robin Wright, Joint Fellow at the US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson Center
Guest anchor: Joe Johns, CNN political correspondent

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Topic: Are the US & NATO “winning” the war in Afghanistan? Have they broken some of the Taliban’s momentum? Does President Karzai want coalition troops to remain beyond the current timetable? Will human rights violations like rape victim Gulnaz’s sentencing to 12 years in jail increase when international forces withdraw? Has President Karzai succeeded in trying to stop the U.S. “night raids” in Afghanistan? Is the recent sectarian terror attack a portent of worse things to come in Afghanistan?
Guest: Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
Topics: What’s behind Newt Gingrich’s rise in the GOP field? Are Republican candidates right to attack President Obama’s foreign policy? Will the Euro survive? What made 2011 the year of protests – and are they all inter-connected?
Guest: Kurt Andersen, columnist, New York magazine, author Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America (2009)
Guest: Peggy Noonan, author and Wall Street Journal columnist
Guest: David Remnick, editor, The New Yorker
Guest: Gillian Tett, managing editor for U.S. news, Financial Times
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11:00AM – NOON

Topics: Romney’s Changing Media Strategy
Guest: Julie Mason, host, Sirius XM Radio
Guest: Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
Guest: Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor, National Review
Topics: Christiane Amanpour Exits “This Week”
Guest: David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun
Guest: Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter
Topics: Media Reaction to Tebow’s Open Display of Faith
Guest: Dave Zirin, sports, The Nation
Guest: Gregg Doyel, columnist, CBS Sportsline
Topics: TIME Person of the Year
Guest: Richard Stengel, TIME managing editor
Host: Howard Kurtz

THE NEXT LIST – Airs Sunday – 2:00PM – 3:00PM
CNN anchor Dr. Sanjay Gupta will interview computer applications developer, Scott Snibbe, about how he transforms surfaces like floors, ceilings, tables into fully interactive canvases for digital artistic displays. With installations in airports and museums Snibbe recently collaborated to develop the first-ever “app album” in Biophilia, combining music and technology for an all-sensory music experience. Snibbe next hopes to create a feature-length movie in which the audience movements will actually change storylines.

BLACK IN AMERICA: THE NEW PROMISED LAND – SILICON VALLEY - Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM – 12:00AM, 2:00AM-3:00AM
While much of the country struggles to emerge from a recession, California’s Silicon Valley is booming, and technology companies like Facebook, Skype, and Apple are seeing their valuations soar. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien profiles a unique technology-focused “accelerator” – a collaborative of African-American start-up founders with Internet-based businesses developed to help diversify the technology sector. Eight participants – strangers – lived together for nine weeks in a modest, three-bedroom house in Mountain View, CA, were mentored, worked on their business proposals, and pitched for venture capital funding. Viewers see their journey, learn who secured funding to develop their Web-based companies – and who is still waiting.


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

CNN's Year End Numbers




CNN HAS SIGNIFICANT RATINGS GAINS IN 2011, UP +30% IN PRIMETIME 
 
Anderson Cooper 360 Tops MSNBC at 10p and Grows +37% At 8p AC 360 is Up +40%; while FNC and MSNBC are Down 
 
Piers Morgan Tonight is Up +26% vs. Larry King a Year Ago CNN Tops MSNBC in Total Day and Daytime
 
Highlights: Nielsen YTD-December 11, 2011 vs. same time period a year ago (12/27/10-12/11/11 vs. 12/28/09-12/12/10)
Primetime: CNN is up +30% (FNC down -16%, MSNBC up 2%)
Total Day: CNN is up +22%, topping MSNBC (a year ago MSNBC topped CNN)
Dayside: CNN outperforms MSNBC by +71%
Since AC 360 moved to 8pm, the program is up +40% AC 360 at 10 pm tops MSNBC and is also up +37%
Piers Morgan Tonight is up +26% vs. Larry King a year ago
Erin Burnett OutFront is up in total viewers vs. same time period a year ago
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer tops MSNBC’s Hardball at 5p

Fueled by program line-up changes throughout CNN’s schedule and the successful leveraging of breaking news stories – CNN had significant double-digit ratings growth across all dayparts in 2011 – while FNC lost viewers and MSNBC had very modest gains. CNN grew an impressive +30% in M-F primetime in 2011 and topped MSNBC in total day this year.  

Daypart Highlights: In M-F primetime, CNN increased +30% (242k vs. 186k) in the target demo 25-54 and +16% in total viewers (743k vs. 641k) vs. the same time period a year ago. FNC is down -16% (527k vs. 627k) in the demo and lost -10% among total viewers (2.23m vs. 2.47m) and MSNBC had slight gains in 2011, increasing just 2% (255k vs. 251k) in 25-54 and 4% in total viewers (914k vs. 881k).

In 2011, CNN topped MSNBC in total day (6a-6a) in both the demo (163k vs. 149k) and in total viewers (485k vs. 437k). Last year MSNBC topped CNN in the total day/demo (142k vs. 134k). CNN also had the most growth in 2011, increasing +22% in the key demo vs. 2010 (163k vs. 134k), FNC was down -9% (277k vs. 304k) and MSNBC increased just 5% (149k vs. 142k).

During dayside (9a-5p), CNN had a +71% advantage over MSNBC in the demo (161k vs. 94k) and +55% more total viewers (552k vs. 355k).  

Show Highlights:
• Since Anderson Cooper 360 moved to 8p in August, the program has shown impressive growth, up +40% in the demo (196k vs. 140k) and +31% in total viewers (623k vs. 476k) vs. same time period a year ago. Last year, MSNBC had an 86% advantage over CNN, now CNN has erased that gap and has a +5% advantage over MSNBC. Rolling up CNN’s 8p programming from the beginning of the year, CNN was the only program to show growth in 2011 -- increasing +27% in the key demo (185k vs. 146k) and +17% in total viewers (599k vs. 511k); while FNC was down -15% in the demo (676k vs. 799k) and lost -7% in total viewers (2.99m vs. 3.23m). MSNBC was also down 8p this year, decreasing -19% in 25-54 (221k vs. 272k) and was down -12% in total viewers (922k vs. 1.05m).

• AC 360 at 10p topped MSNBC in both the demo (283k vs. 237k) and in total viewers (783k vs. 774k). Last year, MSNBC topped CNN at 10p in the demo. The 10p show delivered solid gains in 2011, increasing +37% among 25-54 (283k vs. 207k) and +18% in total viewers (783k vs. 666k). FNC was down -17% (401k vs. 486k) in the demo and off -12% in total viewers (1.68m vs. 1.91m) and MSNBC was up 12% in the demo (237k vs. 211k) and increased 24% among total viewers (774k vs. 624k).

• Since launching at 9p on January 17, 2011 Piers Morgan Tonight improved substantially over Larry King a year ago -- increasing +26% in the key demo (222k vs. 176k) and growing +9% in total viewers (735k vs. 672k). FNC declined at 9p, losing -13% of its audience in the demo (521k vs. 597k) and is down -10% in total viewers (2.09m vs. 2.32m). This year, MSNBC is up 12% in the key demo (288k vs. 258k) and grew just 4% in total viewers (1.01m vs. 964k).

• CNN’s 7p programming this year (roll up of John King, USA and Erin Burnett OutFront) is also up vs. a year ago – increasing 22% in the key demo (174k vs. 143k) and +13% in total viewers (538k vs. 478k). Since Erin Burnett OutFront launched in October the 7p time period has registered gains of +9% among total viewers (502k vs. 460k) and +1% in the demo (142k vs. 141k) compared to the same time period a year ago.

• The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer topped MSNBC’s Hardball at 5p (177k vs. 158k) in the target demo this year and has grown +16% (177k vs. 152k) vs. a year ago.

• CNN’s Sunday morning programming has also seen solid gains in the key demo this year with State of the Union with Candy Crowley (9a) increasing +19% (162k vs. 136k), Fareed Zakaria GPS (10a) growing +24% (154k vs. 124k), and Reliable Sources is up +37% (175k vs. 128k).

• CNN Presents, home of CNN’s long-form documentary programming (Sunday at 8p) has also seen significant gains this year, increasing +38% in the target demo (174k vs. 126k) vs. the same time period a year ago.  

Audience Reach: Throughout 2011, CNN held a consistently strong advantage over its competitors in cumulative audience. On an average monthly basis for 2011 to date (Jan-November) CNN reached 99.4m viewers, 20% ahead of FNC (82.8m) and 23% in front of MSNBC (80.7m).




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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christiane Amanpour Back at CNN Part Time

Jim Walton statement: Christiane Amanpour has been synonymous with international reporting and with CNN for many years. We could not be happier that through this unique arrangement with ABC News her experience and global perspective are returning to a nightly news broadcast for our international audience. Jim Walton President, CNN Worldwide  

Christiane Amanpour statement: This is an exciting and unique opportunity for me to take my love of story telling to primetime at ABC News with multiple specials, as well as becoming a roving Global Affairs anchor across all ABC platforms. I am looking forward to getting back into the field to report stories on global issues that matter greatly to the American people. At the same time, I will be broadcasting once again to hundreds of millions of people across the world with a weekday show on CNN International. This role is groundbreaking, bold and very different! I am thrilled and honored. It's been an incredible experience to have had a ringside seat to democracy in action at This Week. It's been an incredible honor to anchor such a prestigious program and I thank all of you who have helped me on that journey.




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Monday, December 12, 2011

Ratings for the Week of December 5th - December 9th




1 - Special programming was aired on one night during the week.


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Sunday, December 11, 2011

CNN’S FIFTH ANNUAL CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE

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ROBIN LIM NAMED 2011 CNN “HERO OF THE YEAR” AT
CNN’S FIFTH ANNUAL CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE

December 11, 2011 - In a star-studded ceremony Sunday night at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Robin Lim was named the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year.

Christy Turlington Burns introduced Lim as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes while host Anderson Cooper announced her name as the CNN Hero of the Year at the end of the evening. Each of the Top 10 CNN Heroes received $50,000, and Lim’s nonprofit, Bumi Sehat Foundation, will receive an additional $250,000 grant.

In Indonesia, women are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications than women in developed countries. After Lim’s younger sister died from pregnancy complications, she became a professional midwife and dedicated her life to offering free prenatal and birthing services to low-income Indonesian women. Since 2003, Lim’s“Yayasan Bumi Sehat” (Healthy Mother Earth) clinic has provided medical assistance to thousands of women in Bali and Aceh, Indonesia.

The star-studded ceremony included celebrity participants Jerry Seinfeld, Sofia Vergara, Mary-Louise Parker, Ice Cube, Laura Dern, J.R. Martinez, will.i.am, Christy Turlington Burns, George Lopez and Kurt Warner. Miley Cyrus, Chris Colfer and Emma Roberts presented to youths who were recognized and honored by CNN as “Young Wonders.” Miley Cyrus also performed her triple platinum hit “The Climb”, while Kid Rock performed a powerful version of "Care" from his platinum selling album, “Born Free.”

Now in its fifth year, CNN Heroes is a multi-platform campaign that shines a spotlight on individuals who go to extraordinary lengths to serve others. This year, the campaign received over 10,000 submissions from more than 100 countries.

For more information, including photos and video highlights from the CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, as well as information on all the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2011, please visit CNNHeroes.com.



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Saturday, December 10, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 12/9/11

SATURDAY, December 10, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews Joan Gagliardi, who was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease that caused scarring on her insides, breathing difficulties, and more. Treatments at the University of Miami have saved her life, but she now faces medical bills totaling more than a million dollars. Also, Don Wright, 70, was recently diagnosed with cancer and has a goal to run marathons in all 50 states before his final days.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
The best of The Situation Room from the week of Dec. 5.
Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

LARRY KING SPECIAL: DINNER WITH THE KINGS – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM (Sunday 2:00AM)
CNN’s Larry King and wife Shawn King invite viewers to join their dinner party with some of the biggest names in Hollywood to discuss life, love, finding success and coping with insecurities and failure. With dinner prepared by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, the Kings host Tyra Banks, Russell Brand, Twitter / Square founder Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones, Seth MacFarlane, Conan O’Brien, and Shaquille O’Neal.


SUNDAY, December 11, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews Joan Gagliardi, who was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease that caused scarring on her insides, breathing difficulties, and more. Treatments at the University of Miami have saved her life, but she now faces medical bills totaling more than a million dollars. Also, Don Wright, 70, was recently diagnosed with cancer and has a goal to run marathons in all 50 states before his final days.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM
Topic: Retail Politics in Iowa
Guest: Rick Santorum (R) presidential candidate
Topic: Newt vs. Mitt: Surrogates Weigh In
Guest: Bob Walker, former U.S. Congressman; Newt Gingrich surrogate
Guest: John Sununu, former New Hampshire Governor; Mitt Romney surrogate
Topic: Election 2012
Guest: Anita Dunn, former White House communications director
Guest: Tom Davis, former U.S. Congressman
Topic: Future of the Postal Service
Guest: Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General, USPS
Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Topic: Does Huntsman have the temperament to run against Gingrich and Romney et al? What are his plans for controlling the deficit? How would he change the way the banks do business? What does he think we should do with Iran? Is an attack on Iran the right move? How would he deal with China? Has he “gone native” after his time as ambassador to China? What to do about China’s currency manipulation? Is Huntsman really running for Secretary of State in a potential GOP administration?
Guest: Jon Huntsman, GOP presidential candidate, former U.S. Ambassador to China (2009-2011), former Gov. of Utah (2005-2009)
Topics: Update on Egypt after the 1st round of elections: Who were the big winners? Do we need to fear the Salafis and the Muslim Brotherhood?
Guest: Tarek Masoud, PhD, assistant professor of public policy, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government
Topic: Is the world headed for a shale gas rush? Would that be a good or bad thing? What’s the truth about hydraulic fracturing?
Guest: Daniel Yergin, PhD, chairman and founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Authority; author, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World (2011)
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11:00AM – NOON
Topics: Spotlight on Gingrich; Trump to Moderate GOP Debate
Guest: Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg
Guest: John Harris, POLITICO
Guest: Matt Lewis, The Daily Caller
Topic: Politico E-Book
Guest: John Harris, POLITICO
Topic: Political Parodies and their Role
Guest: Rachel Sklar, Mediaite
Guest: Robert Thompson, Syracuse University
Host: Howard Kurtz

THE NEXT LIST – Airs Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM
Graffiti artists take risks to tag forbidden walls and public spaces with their creations. Anchor Dr. Sanjay Gupta profiles Tristan Eaton, artist and illustrator, who remembers jumping fences and occasionally having a gun pulled on him during his youth. Now, Eaton is commercially successful and even created art in 2008 for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.


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Friday, December 9, 2011

Your Views on the News 12/9/11


Since people were leaving comments on the TJ Holmes posts totally unrelated to TJ we felt it was time to start a new topic post. So here's the place to post those complaints and complements about CNN.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

TJ Holmes to BET


Award-Winning Journalist T.J. Holmes Signs Multi-Platform Talent Deal With BET Networks

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BET Networks announced today a multi-platform talent agreement with award-winning journalist and television personality, T.J. Holmes. The deal with Holmes includes a new show on BET as well as content on BET.com in which he can bring his many talents to some of the most important and interesting stories to BET's audience.

"We are of course ecstatic to have T.J. Holmes coming to our fold. He's been an outstanding news anchor and we look forward to making him shine. He's been an outstanding news anchor and we look forward to working with him in a variety of new ways on BET," said Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials at BET Networks. "We look forward to weaving T.J.'s mixture of credibility and charisma into our fabric."

An award-winning journalist and respected television personality within the African American community, T.J. Holmes was formerly a news anchor for various CNN programs and has anchored numerous major breaking news stories and human interest pieces ranging from the devastating tornadoes across the Midwest and Southeast to the Gulf oil spill in 2010 to Saddam Hussein's execution in 2006. Holmes came to CNN from NBC11 in the San Francisco Bay Area. While with NBC, he covered the 2004 Olympics, the first Summer Games held since the September 11th terrorist attacks. Before that, Holmes served as a weekend anchor and reporter for KTHV-TV in Little Rock, Ark. He began his career at KSNF-TV in Joplin, Mo. Holmes contributed to CNN's 2010 coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill that garnered a Peabody Award. In 2007, he was honored with the Young Alumni Award by the University of Arkansas. Holmes graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. He is a board member of the Emory University Board of Visitors, a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. and serves on the Chancellor's Board of Advisors at the University of Arkansas.

Source: BET Networks

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

TJ Holmes Leaving CNN

According to the Maynard Institute:
T.J. Holmes, who anchors the weekend edition of "CNN Newsroom" on Saturday and Sunday mornings, told colleagues on Sunday that he is leaving the network at the end of the year for another job. He did not disclose the new position. Holmes joined CNN in October 2006.

TVNewser published CNN's memo to staff:

From: Rodriguez, Janelle
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 3:24 PM
Subject: Staff Announcement

Please join me in congratulating TJ Holmes who will be leaving the company at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities. Since 2006, we’ve had pleasure to work alongside him as he anchored CNN Newsroom and reported stories from throughout the world. We wish him well in his future endeavors.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Ratings For The Week of November 28th - December 2nd




1 - Special programming was aired on one night during the week.

Rating calculations are weekly averages based on nightly ratings provided by TVNewser with data by Nielsen Media Research. Numbers reflect Live and same day (DVR) data.


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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Your Views on the News 12/3/11


The Colbert Report did a segment this week on CNN's recent firings and layoffs. (If you missed that news it was reported by TVNewers on November 11th.) We thought it might make a good jumping off point for this week's discussion.

"Bravo CNN for getting rid of all those pesky professionals. Hopefully this bold move will help you get rid of your remaining viewers." ~ Stephen Colbert


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Friday, December 2, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 12/2/11

SATURDAY, December 3, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
Thirty years ago, five men in Los Angeles died from a mysterious disease later classified as HIV/AIDS by the CDC. Now, 25 million people have died from and 33 million people are currently living with the disease. In reflection of World AIDS Day, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, visits Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Clinic to talk with Angelle Vuchetich, RN, founder of Grady Infectious Disease Program (IDP), one of the largest AIDS clinics. Also, Dr. Gupta speaks with a man that may have actually been cured from HIV/AIDS. Dr. Erin Carr-Jordan is banned from McDonald’s because of the “McGerms” she found in various play areas – now she is working on legislation to give local health departments jurisdiction forcing big corporations to clean up their acts. Also, Barry Estabrook, author of “Tomatoland”, will discuss newfangled fruit and how modern industrial agriculture is destroying our most alluring fruit.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
The best of The Situation Room from the week of Nov. 28.
Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

COMMON DREAMS – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM (Sunday 2:00AM)
Actor and Grammy-winning artist Common travels to Haiti to see the hardened forced child labor practice rooted deep within the culture. He learns of the noble premise on which the “restavek” system began and comes to understand how a devastating earthquake and decades of despotic rule have eroded the restavek ideal. Common meets the children, their ‘guardians’ and a team of dedicated people determined to change cultural perceptions and provide them with a better life. In the process, his team helps convince a family to give a little girl what she so desperately wants: the chance to go to school and dream of a better future.

SUNDAY, December 4, 2011


SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
Thirty years ago, five men in Los Angeles died from a mysterious disease later classified as HIV/AIDS by the CDC. Now, 25 million people have died from and 33 million people are currently living with the disease. In reflection of World AIDS Day, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, visits Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Clinic to talk with Angelle Vuchetich, RN, founder of Grady Infectious Disease Program (IDP), one of the largest AIDS clinics. Also, Dr. Gupta speaks with a man that may have actually been cured from HIV/AIDS. Dr. Erin Carr-Jordan is banned from McDonald’s because of the “McGerms” she found in various play areas – now she is working on legislation to give local health departments jurisdiction forcing big corporations to clean up their acts. Also, Barry Estabrook, author of “Tomatoland”, will discuss newfangled fruit and how modern industrial agriculture is destroying our most alluring fruit.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM
Topic: Campaign 2012; Jobs; Economy
Guest: Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), GOP presidential candidate
Topic: Campaign 2012; Jobs; Economy
Guest: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), GOP presidential candidate
Topic: Global Hot Spots; Campaign 2012; Payroll Tax and Unemployment Benefits
Guest: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), ranking member, Armed Services Committee
Topic: Jobs Numbers; Payroll Tax and Unemployment Benefits
Guest: Alice Rivlin, former Director, Office of Management and Budget
Guest: Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Director, Congressional Budget Office
Guest: Ron Brownstein, editorial director, National Journal; CNN political contributor
Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topic: Greece’s economic crisis – what’s next? What’s the solution? Should Germany be doing more? Should Greece just default?
Guest: George Α. Papandreou, former Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic of Greece
A FAREED ZAKARIA GPS exclusive
Topics: What to do about the Pakistan problem? How quickly can we/should we drawdown from Afghanistan? Will we strike Iran? How did President Obama’s Asia trip effect US-China relations?
Guest: Ian Bremmer, PhD, president, Eurasia Group
Guest: Nile Gardiner, director, The Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom
Guest: Gideon Rose, editor, Foreign Affairs magazine
Guest: Anne-Marie Slaughter, D.Phil, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State (Obama Administration)
Topic: Why does Ijaz think a branch of Pakistan’s ISI should be labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S.? What does the “S Branch” of the ISI do?
Guest: Mansoor Ijaz, venture capitalist; middleman of “Memogate”
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11:00AM – NOON
Topics: Coverage of Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain; Greta’s Tie to Cain’s Campaign
Guest: Steve Roberts, professor, The George Washington University
Guest: Jennifer Rubin, “Right Turn” blogger, The Washington Post
Guest: Bill Press, syndicated talk radio host
Topics: Scandal at Syracuse
Guest: Mike Wise, sports columnist, The Washington Post
Guest: Jason Whitlock, FoxSports.com
Topics: Allegations against Syracuse’s Bernie Fine
EXCLUSIVE Guest: Vince Doria, vice president and director of news, ESPN
Host: Howard Kurtz

THE NEXT LIST – Airs Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM
Anchor Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews engineer Heather Knight, who studies social charisma between humans and technology. Knight discusses how socially-intelligent robots can interact with humans through humor, gestures, language and even performance art in order to ultimately make technology more useful and user-friendly.

LARRY KING SPECIAL: DINNER WITH THE KINGS – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM
CNN’s Larry King and wife Shawn King invite viewers to join their dinner party with some of the biggest names in Hollywood to discuss life, love, finding success and coping with insecurities and failure. With dinner prepared by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, the Kings host Tyra Banks, Russell Brand, Twitter / Square founder Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones, Seth MacFarlane, Conan O’Brien, and Shaquille O’Neal.

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A Dinner with the Kings to Air Sunday, Dec. 4th


For his fourth hour-long special for CNN, Larry King and his wife Shawn hosted a dinner part with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and invited viewers in to join. The one hour special titled “Larry King Special: A Dinner with Kings” will air Sunday, December 4th at 8 and 11pm ET.

The dinner prepared by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck includes Tyra Banks, Russell Brand, Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones, Seth MacFarlane, Conan O’Brien, and Shaquille O’Neal. Join Larry and his guests as they discuss life, love, insecurities, success and failures at this dinner party like no other.

Conan O’Brien on insecurities: “There's a tendency for people to look at a table like some of the people that are here and say they’ve made it. They have it. And what they don't understand is the amount of insecurity that drives you when you're 15. But it's still there when you're 48”.

Tyra Banks on her looks: “I'm so not sexy. I know how to turn it on for a picture, but I'm not sexy in real life”

Russell Brand on his success: “How I deal with my personal, material success is guiltily”

Seth MacFarlane: “I'm still working on my hiding my insecurity 100 percent”

Jack Dorsey on success: “I've made hundreds and hundreds of mistakes and -- and learned from 'em. And -- and that's what makes a successful company, that's what makes a successful creative endeavor, is learning from your mistakes”.

The special will re-air December 10th at 8 and 10pm ET and on CNN international on Saturday, December 10th at 9pm and Sunday December 11th at 6am.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Some Numbers & Rankings From CNN

CNN ONLY CABLE NEWS NETWORK TO POST DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH, UP +30% IN 2011

CNN GAINS VIEWERS IN NOVEMBER; MSNBC DOWN -23% AND FNC DECLINES -32% IN PRIMETIME

ANDERSON COOPER 360 UP +49%; ONLY SHOW TO GROW AT 8p; FNC DOWN -23%, MSNBC -36%



Highlights:
• CNN grows in primetime in Nov. while MSNBC and FNC experience double-digit declines, -23% and -32%, respectively.
• AC 360 (8p) up +49%; FNC declines -23%, MSNBC down -36%.
• CNN tops MSNBC in daytime (9a-5p).
• In 2011, CNN up +30% in primetime while FNC looses -16% of its audience and MSNBC holds only 3%; beating MSNBC in total day.
• Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p up vs. CNN programming a year ago.

In M-F prime (8-11p), CNN increased +4% (211k vs. 203k) among P25-54 vs. Nov 10; MSNBC and FNC posted significant double-digit declines, down -23% (229k vs. 298k) and -32% (461k vs. 680k), respectively. In addition, Nov marks CNN’s 5th straight month of year-over-year growth in prime among the key demo.

YTD (through Nov 27), CNN is up +30% in M-F prime among P25-54 vs. same time period a year ago; MSNBC virtually flat (+3%) and FNC down -16%. In addition, CNN is outperforming MSNBC in total day (6a-6a) among P2+ (488k vs. 437k) and P25-54 (165k vs. 150k) 2011 to-date.

CNN tops MSNBC in daytime (9a-5p) in Nov, averaging 134k in P25-54 vs. MSNBC’s 95k.

Show Highlights (Nov 11 vs. Nov 10):

• 7p, ET: Erin Burnett OutFront continues to post increases vs. CNN programming a year ago, up +3% in the key demo (140k vs. 136k) and +16% in total viewers (510k vs. 440k).

• 8p, ET: Anderson Cooper 360 is the only program at 8p to post growth vs. a year ago–increasing a substantial +49% (192k vs. 129k) in the key demo; MSNBC down a staggering -36% and FNC declined -23%.

• 10p, ET: Anderson Cooper 360 grew +20% (221k vs. 184k) in the key demo, MSNBC down -11% and FNC declined -18%.

• 4p, ET: The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer topped MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan handily in both total viewers (691k vs. 480k) and P25-54 (173k vs. 103k). Sit Room also grew vs. a year ago, increasing +30% in the key demo.

Reach:

CNN reached a cumulative audience of 85.7 million viewers in Nov, MSNBC followed with 74.6 million, while FNC was third with 71.7 million.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ratings For The Week of November 21st - 25th



1 - Special programming aired on one night during the week.
2 - Special programming aired on two nights during the week.


Rating calculations are weekly averages based on nightly ratings provided by TVNewser with data by Nielsen Media Research. Numbers reflect Live and same day (DVR) data.



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Friday, November 25, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 11/26/11

SATURDAY, November 26, 2011

DR SANJAY GUPTA REPORTS: THE LAST HEART ATTACK – Airs Saturday 2:00AM – 3:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates whether diet and modern medicine are enough to prevent every heart attack -- and if living a healthier lifestyle could save more than 100,000 lives every year in the U.S. alone. Dr. Gupta interviews former President Bill Clinton, who credits his vegan diet with his improved heart disease, and doctors researching the latest treatments. Dr. Gupta also puts his own heart under the microscope as to offer practical advice and hard science to show how healthy living could reduce heart disease. Includes interviews with Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Arthur Agatston (author of The South Beach Diet), for insights on how diet impacts heart disease – and how heart disease may be reversible with better nutrition.

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates whether diet and modern medicine are enough to prevent every heart attack -- and if living a healthier lifestyle could save more than 100,000 lives every year in the U.S. alone. Dr. Gupta interviews former President Bill Clinton, who credits his vegan diet with his improved heart disease, and doctors researching the latest treatments. Dr. Gupta also puts his own heart under the microscope as to offer practical advice and hard science to show how healthy living could reduce heart disease. Includes interviews with Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Arthur Agatston (author of The South Beach Diet), for insights on how diet impacts heart disease – and how heart disease may be reversible with better nutrition.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
The best of The Situation Room from the week of Nov. 21.
Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

GERRY-RIGGED: WHY YOUR VOTE FOR CONGRESS MIGHT NOT MATTER – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM and Sunday 2:00AM
In the last decade, almost 4 out of every 5 seats in Congress remained in the same party’s hands. The consequence is gridlock with little reason for compromise on either side as long as voters have no realistic say on who stays in office. CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin describes how political parties engage in “gerrymandering,” drawing odd-shaped districts – with voters from one party or the other, essentially designed to retain incumbents. Redistricting happens once a decade—this is the year. Will the system change? Probably not. Who loses? Voters.

SUNDAY, November 27, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates whether diet and modern medicine are enough to prevent every heart attack -- and if living a healthier lifestyle could save more than 100,000 lives every year in the U.S. alone. Dr. Gupta interviews former President Bill Clinton, who credits his vegan diet with his improved heart disease, and doctors researching the latest treatments. Dr. Gupta also puts his own heart under the microscope as to offer practical advice and hard science to show how healthy living could reduce heart disease. Includes interviews with Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Arthur Agatston (author of The South Beach Diet), for insights on how diet impacts heart disease – and how heart disease may be reversible with better nutrition.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM
Topic: 2012 Election; Immigration; Race for the White House
EXCLUSIVE GUEST: Herman Cain, presidential candidate
Topic: U.S. Foreign Policy; 2012; Her Book
Guest: Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State
Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topics: Steve Jobs, also what can we learn from the California of Steve Jobs’ youth in the 1950s to inspire innovation, invention, better education, and jobs?
Guest: Walter Issacson, president and CEO, Aspen Institute
Topics: What is innovation? How did Dyson invent his revolutionary vacuum? What can we learn from that? What can we do to help encourage and incubate innovation?
Guest: Sir James Dyson, industrial inventor and designer, founder and managing director of Dyson, Inc.
Topics: Prospects for the US and the global economy; What is Prof. Spence’s prescription for economic growth in the short and long term?
Guest: Michael Spence, PhD, professor of economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business, senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, author of The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World (2011)
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11:00AM – NOON
Topics: Coverage of Newt Gingrich; Super Committee Deadline
Guest: Jackie Kucinich, USA Today
Guest: Danielle Crittenden, The Huffington Post
Guest: Eleanor Clift, Newsweek/The Daily Beast
Topics: Criticism of GOP Candidates
Guest: Andrew Sullivan, conservative blogger
Host: Howard Kurtz

COMMON DREAMS – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM
Actor and Grammy-winning artist Common travels to Haiti to see the hardened forced child labor practice rooted deep within the culture. He learns of the noble premise on which the “restavek” system began and comes to understand how a devastating earthquake and decades of despotic rule have eroded the restavek ideal. Common meets the children, their ‘guardians’ and a team of dedicated people determined to change cultural perceptions and provide them with a better life. In the process, his team helps convince a family to give a little girl what she so desperately wants: the chance to go to school and dream of a better future.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


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CNN's GOP Debate was #1 Last Night

CNN’S GOP NATIONAL SECURITY DEBATE WAS #1 LAST NIGHT

DRAWS 3.6 MILLION VIEWERS AND ONE MILLION IN KEY DEMO 25-54

AC 360 Top-Rated at 10 pm

According to Nielsen Fast National data, CNN’s GOP National Security Debate (8:00-10:00pm*), moderated by Wolf Blitzer, delivered 3.599 million total viewers and 1.041 million in the key demo 25-54 last night, Tuesday, November 22. This debate topped CNBC’s 11/09 debate (993k), CNN’s 6/13 debate (918k) and FNC’s 5/5 debate (854k) in the key demo 25-54. CNN was, by far, #1 during the 8-10pm time period last night among cable news networks.

From 8-10pm, CNN topped FNC by +93% among total viewers (3.599 million vs. 1.862 million) and +152% among 25-54 (1.041 million vs. 413k). CNN also topped MSNBC by +343% among total viewers (3.599 million vs. 812k) and by +413% among 25-54 (1.041 million vs. 203k).

Following the debate, CNN’s AC 360 ranked first in cable news at 10pm in total viewers averaging 1.427 million, FNC followed with 1.298m and MSNBC posted 723k. In the key demographic 25-54 CNN delivered 405k at 10pm, while FNC trailed with 365k and MSNBC averaged 209k.


*Fast National Data is representative of 8:00p-10:00p. Final Data will reflect actual debate time of 8:00p-9:59p.

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COMMON DREAMS: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary



COMMON Partners with the CNN Freedom Project for the Global Broadcast of COMMON DREAMS: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary

Grammy Award-winning artist and actor COMMON (@common) has partnered with the CNN Freedom Project to make a journey of discovery deep into the dangerous slums of Haiti where 300,000 children are forced to work in conditions the United Nations calls a ‘form of modern-day slavery.’ COMMON DREAMS: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary will broadcast globally on CNN on Sunday, November 27, at 8 p.m. (ET).
Haiti is a nation with a dramatic beginning and a disturbing secret. The world’s first black republic was created by slaves who rebelled against their masters in order to create a better future for themselves and their descendants. But 200 years later, that promise of freedom still eludes many Haitian children, who are today living in a form of abuse and exploitation known as ‘restavek.’ A French word meaning ‘to stay with,’ restavek began with the intention to educate children from rural villages. Unfortunately, many restavek children today are forced to work long hours in other people’s homes, cooking, cleaning dishes, doing laundry and fetching water. Worse yet, many of these children are not even allowed to go to school.
COMMON travels to Haiti to see this hardened practice rooted deep within the culture. He learns of the premise on which the system began and comes to understand how a devastating earthquake and decades of despotic rule have eroded the restavek concept. COMMON meets the children, their ‘guardians’ and a team of dedicated people determined to change cultural perceptions and provide them with a better life. In the process, his team helps convince a family to give a little girl what she so desperately wants: the chance to go to school and dream of a better future.
Earlier this year, CNN announced it was marshaling its global resources to take on human trafficking with the launch of ‘The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery.’ Through this multi-platform initiative, CNN’s reporting aims to expose the horrors of modern-day slavery, highlight the growing efforts to stop the trade and exploitation of human beings and amplify the voices of the victims.
The Freedom Project blog will be the online hub for special coverage of COMMON Dreams. Users will also be able to check for updates across social media on the Freedom Project Facebook page or @CNNFreedom.

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