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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the News


Dr. Sanjay Gupta was guest on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Tuesday night this week. Larry King was Craig's first guest and stuck around for Sanjay's segment, take a look:

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Dr. Gupta is featured in the April 2011 Guideposts magazine.

CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta shares his real life story about the family medical emergency that inspired him to become a doctor.

By Sanjay Gupta, M.D., Atlanta, Georgia

I’m a medical correspondent and for 10 years now I’ve been reporting from all over the world for CNN.

I’m often in the midst of disaster, drawing on my years of training as a neurosurgeon. I hope my work gives people a context in which they can view medicine and health on a broader scale. Inevitably people ask: Which is more important to you? Are you a doctor or a reporter?

The best way to answer is to tell you how I got into this line of work. I grew up in Michigan, in the town of Novi outside of Detroit. My parents were immigrants from India, working for Ford Motor Company. My mother was the first female engineer ever hired by Ford, a fact that is presented with great pride in the Indian and engineering communities.

I was a bookish kid. I spent long hours in the library reading everything I could find, histories, biographies, science fiction, fantasy, mysteries. I was curious about the world and there’s no better way to find things out than through the pages of a book. Even today if some kid asks me what’s the first step to take to become a doctor, I answer, “Read, read, read.”

I was in my teens when our family faced a medical crisis. My grandfather, with whom I was very close, had a stroke and landed in the hospital. Sitting anxiously at his bedside, I watched nurses come and go, checking his vitals and looking at the monitors attached to his body. I remember sitting there wondering what could I do to make him feel better—to bring back the warm, thoughtful man I knew.


To read the rest of the article follow the link.

In addition to the cover story they have posted three video snippets with Sanjay on their website.

Patients bless his hands:

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His mother's best advice:

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Favorite books:

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Royal Wedding Details

CNN To Provide Global, Multi-Platform Coverage of the
Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton



Piers Morgan, Anderson Cooper, Richard Quest, Kiran Chetry, joined by Cat Deeley, Will Host CNN Coverage


Live from London, CNN will globally televise the biggest royal wedding event since Charles married Diana – from the ceremonial to the personal, from what is happening at Westminster Abbey to the reactions of those around the world.

On the day of the wedding, Friday, April 29, beginning at 4 a.m. ET, CNN’s special live program will be anchored by Piers Morgan, Richard Quest, Anderson Cooper, Kiran Chetry and special contributor Cat Deeley, noted British broadcaster and fashion expert, across CNN/U.S. and CNN International. CNN will live stream various angles of the day’s events on CNN.com, including views from inside the Abbey as well as the parade, via the CNN Apps for iPhone and iPod touch, iPad and Android tablet.

Leading up to the big day, Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper will anchor their nightly programs from London. CNN will also broadcast a documentary on Catherine Middleton anchored by Soledad O’Brien, as well as weekly special reports from Richard Quest, among others.

Highlights of CNN’s Royal Wedding coverage include:
• Premiering Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET: Richard Quest will anchor four half hour specials throughout the month of April. A Royal Wedding will air Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.
• Sunday, April 24 at 8 p.m., 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET: CNN/U.S. will premiere The Women Who Would be Queen, a look at the life of Catherine Middleton, the woman who will someday become Queen of the United Kingdom. Featured in the documentary are Jules Knight, close friend of the couple from the origins of their fairytale romance during their university days at St. Andrews, and Arthur Edwards, longtime royal photographer, who has chronicled the princes' entire lives during his 30-year career at England’s The Sun newspaper. Edwards has captured the princes’ childhoods, how they’ve coped with the tragic loss of their mother, and their transition into manhood. The documentary also explores the ways in which the future King and Queen have honored the life and legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales. CNN Presents: The Women Who Would be Queen is reported by anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien. The documentary will debut on CNN International on Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m. ET and replay on CNN/U.S. on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m., 11 p.m., and 2 a.m. ET.
• Monday, April 25 – Friday, April 29: Piers Morgan will broadcast his nightly show Piers Morgan Tonight at 9 p.m. ET from London with a mix of topical guests and newsmakers on both CNN/U.S. and CNN International.
• Monday, April 25 – Friday, April 29: Kiran Chetry will co-anchor American Morning 6-9 a.m. ET live from London for CNN/U.S.
• Wednesday, April 27 – Friday, April 29: Anderson Cooper will anchor Anderson Cooper 360, also live from London, at 10 p.m. ET on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ratings for the week of March 21, 2011

Ratings for the week March 21, 2011 - March 25, 2011

8PM^
Adults 25-54
FOX727200
CNN240600
MSNBC215600
HLN157400
9PM^
Adults 25-54
FOX568400
CNN294400
MSNBC315600
HLN83800
10PM^
Adults 25-54
FOX541000 1
CNN403000
MSNBC286000 1
HLN114800

1 4 night average used. FOX and MSNBC did not air regular programming on Friday night.

^ Courtesy Nielsen Media Research; Demographics where noted; Live + Same Day (LS) Fast Track Nationals.



A few ratings related articles appeared over the past week...


CNN sent 11 crews to cover Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, including headliners Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta. Anchors Wolf Blitzer and Piers Morgan were elsewhere last week: Mr. Blitzer hosting his evening newscast from France, Egypt and Tunisia and Mr. Morgan heading to Israel to interview Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The deployment was the most visible example yet of new domestic chief Ken Jautz’s vision of CNN as a substantive news network that takes full advantage of its company’s newsgathering heft to concentrate more on journalism and a wide range of stories and less on political debate.

The abundance of news from Japan, Egypt and Libya makes this a particularly well-timed strategy. CNN is leading MSNBC in prime-time viewership in March. If that holds up, it will be the network’s first time in second place, behind Fox News Channel, in the cable-news ratings since January 2010, the Nielsen Co. said. CNN’s weekday prime-time audience is up 28 percent this year compared with the last three months of 2010. MSNBC is up 5 percent and Fox down 8 percent in the same period.

During the past few difficult years, CNN seemed more defined by what it took pains to say it wasn’t — a partisan talk network — than what it was.

“It’s important to stand out by being different,” says Mr. Jautz, a longtime CNN executive who replaced Jon Klein in the fall at the helm of the domestic network. “If much of the cable space is politically oriented and partisan politically oriented, the way to be different is … to talk about different subject matters and approach it differently.”

...

To continue reading... Washington Times, CNN steers to straightaway



For CNN, another international crisis means another opportunity -- until, of course, it doesn't.

Turmoil in the Middle East and a devastating earthquake in Japan have once again ratcheted up U.S. interest in what's happening overseas, triggering a related flurry of stories about how CNN has been the beneficiary. Once again, CNN is talking about how to parlay its temporary ratings surge into renewed vigor and an improved competitive standing.

If that sounds familiar, it should. Top CNN execs probably don't want to hear that they sound like Jonathan Klein, but in early 2005 their predecessor at the channel was saying a lot of the same things after ratings spiked in response to the Indonesian tsunami. "CNN Demonstrates Global Strength With Tsunami Coverage," read one press release at the time.

Yet CNN's strength has also consistently turned out to be its glass jaw -- a function not merely of missteps by the channel (though there have certainly been plenty of those), but a short U.S. attention span when it comes to sustaining focus on crises abroad.

In November, CNN put out another press release touting how over the course of a month, the third-place cable news network -- behind Fox News Channel and MSNBC -- actually reached far more people overall than either of its competitors: 95 million tuned to CNN, per Nielsen data, compared with 83 million and 79 million for Fox and MSNBC, respectively.

Those numbers have long demonstrated the radio-like dilemma CNN faces: Its cumulative audience, or "cume," is generally higher, in much the way more motorists listen to news radio -- for traffic, weather, scores -- a few minutes at a time. But its average audience at any given moment is significantly lower, due to lengthier tune-in for Fox and MSNBC's opinion hosts, where the format approximates talkradio.

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To continue reading... Variety, Feast or famine for CNN: Thriving in times of crisis isn't a good business model



... and from CNN:

CNN TOPS MSNBC IN PRIMETIME IN THE KEY DEMO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX QUARTERS

ALSO BESTS MSNBC IN TOTAL DAY AND DAYSIDE AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS AND THE DEMO 25-54 DURING FIRST QUARTER 2011

‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ Has Most Growth of Any Cable News Program this Quarter; Increasing 52% in the Demo 25-54 vs. a year Ago Programming; Also Tops Rachel Maddow in the Demo

PRIMETIME:

For the first quarter 2011, CNN outperformed MSNBC in the key demo among adults 25-54 in M-F primetime for the first time in six quarters (Q3 2009), averaging 276k vs. 269k. In M-F primetime, CNN grew +28% compared to Q1 2010, while MSNBC’s growth was much less substantial (+9%) and Fox News actually lost -21% of its primetime audience during the quarter.

TOTAL DAY AND DAYSIDE:

CNN topped MSNBC in total day (6a-6a) in both the key demo and among total viewers with CNN averaging 190k adults 25-54, a 24% advantage over MSNBC’s 153k, and had 548k total viewers, 20% more than MSNBC’s 456k. CNN grew +28% in the key demo compared to first quarter a year ago, while MSNBC was up only +12% Fox News was down -18%.

During dayside programming (9a– 5p) CNN Newsroom easily outperformed MSNBC each hour, with MSNBC placing either 3rd or 4th throughout the day during the first quarter. For the quarter among adults 25-54, CNN averaged 181k vs. MSNBC’s 83k and in total viewers, CNN posted 601k vs. MSNBC’s 347k. In addition, CNN increased +30% in the demo during the daytime, while MSNBC increased +12% and FNC was down -20%.

FIRST QUARTER 2011 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight grew the most of any cable news program this quarter, increasing 52% in the key demo compared to CNN programming a year ago (308k vs. 202k). In total viewers, Morgan is also up +23%, Maddow increased +15% and Hannity is down -20% vs. Q1 2010. In addition, Morgan topped MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in the key demo (308k vs. 297k) for the quarter.

CNN’s AC 360 outperformed MSNBC at 10p in both the demo (318k vs. 241k) and total viewers (859k vs. 789k) – with AC 360 growing +40% in the demo while MSNBC increased +22% and FNC was down -28% compared to a year ago.

CNN’s 8 pm program was the only show to grow in the key demo compared to last quarter, increasing +14% (202k vs. 177k), while MSNBC declined -6% (248k vs. 263k) and The O’Reilly Factor lost -18% of its 25-54 audience (770k vs. 937k).

John King, USA at 7 pm bested MSNBC’s Hardball for the quarter in the key demo (201k vs. 193k) and grew +16% compared to a year ago.

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer also topped MSNBC at 6 pm, increasing its demo audience by +38% (215k vs. 156k) and growing its total viewer audience by +10% (677k vs. 618k) vs. first quarter 2010. And at 5 pm, the Sit Room also topped MSNBC and increased +38% in the demo/+10% in total viewers, while FNC’s Glenn Beck lost -38% of its demo 25-54 audience (481k vs. 776k) this quarter vs. a year ago and is down -31% in total viewers (1.980m vs. 2.851m).

CUMULATIVE AUDIENCE:

CNN reached a cumulative Q1 2011 average monthly audience of 103.9 million, Fox News followed with 86.6 million and MSNBC trailed with 83.2 million.


CNN’S ANDERSON COOPER 360 IS #1 CABLE NEWS PROGRAM AT 10 PM IN MARCH; FNC’S ON THE RECORD SLIPS TO SECOND IN KEY DEMO 25-54 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER TWO YEARS;

CNN Overtakes MSNBC in Primetime for the First Time in 14 Months;

CNN Records Triple-Digit Growth in Primetime and Total Day; while MSNBC Loses Viewers at 8 pm and FNC Loses Viewers in Primetime in vs. a Year Ago

In March, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 was the #1 cable news program at 10 pm in the key demo adults 25-54, overtaking FNC’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren for the first time in 26 months (January, 2009). For the month, AC 360 averaged 496k among adults 25-54, while FNC slipped into second place with 480k and MSNBC’s The Ed Show was a distant third with 266k. Compared to a year ago, the CNN 10 pm program had significant growth, increasing +153% in the key demo (496k vs. 196k) and +66% in total viewers (1.165m vs. 702k). During the heightened news cycle, FNC actually lost viewers at 10 pm, decreasing -13% in the demo (480k vs. 552k) and losing -16% in total viewers (1.802m vs. 2.154m) vs. a year ago.

PRIMETIME:

CNN surpassed MSNBC in M-F primetime for the first time in 14 months (January 2010), averaging 393k in the demo, a 40% advantage over MSNBC’s 280k. CNN also topped MSNBC in total viewers in M-F primetime with 1.013m vs. 992k total viewers. Compared to last year, CNN grew by triple digits in M-F prime, increasing +126% (393k vs. 174k) in the demo and +56% in total viewers (1.013k vs. 648k), while Fox News lost -11% of their demo primetime audience (629k vs. 705k) and was down -13% in total viewers (2.398m vs. 2.751m). MSNBC grew only slightly in primetime during the news-fueled month, increasing +12% in the key demo (280k vs. 250k) and just +8% in total viewers (992k vs. 921k) vs. a year ago.

CNN’s 9 pm program Piers Morgan Tonight outperformed MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show in the demo (380k vs. 338k) in March, growing an impressive +118% vs. CNN programming a year ago and significantly more than Maddow’s increase of +24%, while FNC’s Hannity lost -4% of his demo 25-54 audience. This represents the first time in 14 months that CNN topped Maddow. At 8 pm, In the Arena topped MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (308k vs. 246k) for the month in the demo – this is the first time that CNN has topped MSNBC at 8 pm in over three years (February, 2008). In addition, In the Arena was the only cable news network to grow vs. a year ago at 8 pm – in both the demo and total viewers, increasing +103% in the demo/+51% in total viewers, while Lawrence O’Donnell was down -7%/-9% and The O’Reilly Factor decreased -13%/-11%.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING:

At 7 pm, John King, USA easily topped MSNBC’s Hardball in both total viewers (850k vs. 722k) and in the demo 25-54 (315k vs. 207k), growing +132% in adults 25-54 and +64% in total viewers vs. a year ago. This represents JK, USA’s best month since launching a year ago among both total viewers and the demo.

CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer at 5 pm also topped MSNBC, increasing +162% in the demo (306k vs. 117k) and +80% in total viewers (972k vs. 539k) compared to last year. FNC’s Glenn Beck continues to experience declines at 5 pm – decreasing 33% in the key demo (514k vs. 763k) and losing one quarter (-25%) of his total viewer audience (2.061m vs. 2.748m) compared to March, 2010. In addition, the Situation Room at 6 pm grew +157% in the demo (332k vs. 129k) and +82% in total viewers (932k vs. 513k).

On Sundays, State of the Union with Candy Crowley at 9 am grew +105% in the key demo (287k vs. 140k) and by +48% in total viewers (711k vs. 479k), and Fareed Zakaria: GPS at 10 am increased +103% in the demo (240k vs. 118k) and +60% in total viewers (597k vs. 372k) vs. last March.

TOTAL DAY:

In total day (6 am-6 am), CNN also had the most growth of all the cable news networks vs. a year ago, increasing +125% in the key demo 25-54 (295k vs. 131k), while MSNBC grew only +20% (159k vs. 133k) and Fox News was down by -2% (345k vs. 353k). In total viewers, CNN was up +67% (766k vs. 459k), MSNBC grew +16% (463k vs. 400k) and FNC decreased -4% (1.234m vs. 1.289m).

MORNING AND DAYSIDE:

CNN’s American Morning placed second for the month of March in both total viewers (473k) and the demo 25-54 (224k), with MSNBC’s Morning Joe slipping to 3rd in total viewers (445k) and dropping to 4th place in the demo (136k).

During dayside programming, CNN Newsroom topped MSNBC each hour (9am-5pm) in both the key demo 25-54 and among total viewers. At 12 noon, CNN Newsroom was #1, topping both Fox News and MSNBC in the demo with 254k vs. 238k/105k respectively. At 3 pm, CNN Newsroom also easily topped MSNBC’s Martin Bashir -- 262k vs. 89k in the key demo 25-54. In head-to-head comparisons with MSNBC’s daytime non-opinion programming CNN almost tripled MSNBC in the key demo (261k vs. 92k) and held a 123% advantage among total viewers (793k vs. 356k).

CUMULATIVE AUDIENCE:

CNN reached a cumulative audience of 114.6 million viewers in March, FNC lagged behind with 89.4 million and MSNBC averaged 84.8 million.

CNN DIGITAL:

CNN.com Sets Global traffic, video and mobile usage records in March.

Traffic:

CNN.com served 67 million global page views on Sat., March 12th, making it the highest weekend day (Sat. or Sun.) in CNN.com’s history.

CNN.com averaged 75 million page views per day, an increase of 66% over last March from Friday, March 11-Sun., March 20.

In March to date, CNN.com has averaged 60 million page views per day, a double-digit increase over Feb. by 25% and over March 2010 by 34%.

Video:

CNN.com served 60 million global video starts on Friday, March 11, the highest level of video usage for a single day in CNN.com’s history (prior high: Obama inauguration).

During the first week of Japan coverage, CNN.com served more than 134 million global video starts, more than the previous 43 days combined.

Mobile:

CNN’s mobile site achieved 13.9 million page views globally on Fri., March 11, the highest single day to date since tracking began in May 2010.



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Monday, March 28, 2011

Tonight on CNN


Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper to anchor coverage of the Presidential address
followed by a special edition of Piers Morgan Tonight


CNN will provide complete coverage of President Obama’s address to the nation on Libya beginning at 7 p.m. ET with a special edition of John King, USA. The president’s remarks—from the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington—will begin at 7:30 p.m. After the president’s remarks, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will anchor special coverage along with John King, Eliot Spitzer, Fareed Zakaria, and members of the Best Political Team on Television to provide reports and analysis on the mission and conflict in Libya. CNN International correspondents Nic Robertson and Arwa Damon also will provide updates live from the region. A special edition of Piers Morgan Tonight will air at 9 p.m. with further analysis and coverage of the president’s address.

AC360 will air live after Piers Morgan Tonight. CNN International to simulcast special coverage.


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 3/26/11

SATURDAY, March 26, 2011


SANJAY GUPTA MD – Airs Saturday at 7:30AM – 8:00AM; Sunday at 7:30AM – 8:00AM
In the context of the continuing nuclear worries in Japan, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with a photographer who’s visited the communities around Chernobyl more than 20 times. Dr. Gupta interviews Dr. Ritsuiko Komaki, who survived the bombing of Hiroshima as a child. Determined to use radiation as a force for good, she is a renown cancer specialist oncologist in Houston. And Dr. Gupta looks back at the legacy of actress Elizabeth Taylor as an HIV/AIDS activist.


THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Topic: Unrest in the Middle East
Guest: Gen. George A. Joulwan, former NATO commander

Topic: Libya
Guest: Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times

Anchor: Wolf Blitzer


STALKER: THE REAGAN SHOOTING – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 2:00AM – 3:00AM
CNN’s Drew Griffin reports on the dark events of March 30, 1991 – 30 years ago – the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan. Griffin dissects the events of that day and speaks to Jerry Parr, one of the U.S. Secret Service agents who saved Reagan’s life, and others, about the evasive measures and “fluke” shot that added up to avoided tragedy.


TRIANGLE: REMEMBERING – Airs Saturday 11:00PM – 12:00AM
An HBO Documentary. On March 25, 1911, a catastrophic fire broke out at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City. Trapped inside the upper floors of a ten-story building, 146 workers – mostly young immigrant women and teenage girls – were burned alive or forced to jump to their deaths to escape an inferno that consumed the factory in just 18 minutes. It was the worst disaster at a workplace in New York State until 9/11. The tragedy changed the course of history, paving the way for government to represent working people, not just business, for the first time, and helped an emerging American middle class to live the American Dream.



SUNDAY, March 27, 2011



SANJAY GUPTA MD – Airs Saturday at 7:30AM – 8:00AM; Sunday at 7:30AM – 8:00AM
In the context of the continuing nuclear worries in Japan, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with a photographer who’s visited the communities around Chernobyl more than 20 times. Dr. Gupta interviews Dr. Ritsuiko Komaki, who survived the bombing of Hiroshima as a child. Determined to use radiation as a force for good, she is a renown cancer specialist oncologist in Houston. And Dr. Gupta looks back at the legacy of actress Elizabeth Taylor as an HIV/AIDS activist.


STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM

Topic: War in Libya; Unrest in the Middle East
Guest: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)

Topic: War in Libya; Unrest in the Middle East
Guest: Stephen Hadley, former National Security Adviser
Guest: Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.), former CIA Director

Topic: Latest on Nuclear Containment Efforts in Japan
Guest: Joe Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund

Topic: Rising Price of Oil; Economic Outlook
Guest: Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Director, Congressional Budget Office
Guest: Alice Rivlin, former Director, Office of Management and Budget

Anchor: Candy Crowley



FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM on CNN/U.S. and 8:00AM – 9:00AM on CNN International
*hosted separately by Fareed Zakaria with interviews moderated by CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger this weekend.

Moderated by Gloria Borger
Topic: Crisis in Libya: What is the U.S. role in the Middle East? Who are the rebels? Who makes up the opposition? How is President Obama doing?
Guest: Richard N. Haass, PhD, president of the Council on Foreign Relations
Guest: Jane Harman, former U.S. Rep. (D-CA); President, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Guest: Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe for The Brookings Institution
Guest: John Negroponte, former Ambassador to the United Nations; former Director of National Intelligence

Interviewed by Fareed Zakaria
Topic: Innovation and education in America
Guest: Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers: The Story of Success, staff writer for The New Yorker

Host: Fareed Zakaria


RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE 11:00AM – NOON

Topic: Media Coverage of Military Action in Libya
Guest: Jane Hall, American University
Guest: Bill Press, Host, The Bill Press Show
Guest: Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Topic: Media’s Short Attention Span
Guest: Ted Koppel, former anchor, “Nightline,” ABC News

Host: Howard Kurtz


UNWELCOME: THE MUSLIMS NEXT DOOR - Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM – 12:00AM, 2:00AM – 3:00AM
Murfreesboro, Tennessee (pop. 100,000) is home to 190 churches… and one mosque. Five times a day members of the Muslim community gather in Islamic Center of Murfreesboro to pray… men in one room, women and children in another. Muslims have lived in Murfreesboro for decades, yet when plans to build a new mosque were approved this summer, questions were raised and the resulting backlash and acts of vandalism revealed a community divided by deep-rooted suspicions about Muslims, and Islam. Ten years after 9/11, CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports the story of Muslims and non-Muslims, from Murfreesboro to Manhattan, struggling to find common ground in America.





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Friday, March 25, 2011

Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door


CNN In America presents…
Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door
Reported by Soledad O’Brien
Sunday, March 27 at 8p ET

It’s been said if Tennessee is part of America’s Bible belt, Middle Tennessee is the belt buckle. Murfreesboro, Tennessee (pop. 100,000) is home to 140+ churches… and one mosque. Just off Middle Tennessee Boulevard, hidden behind a dingy auto repair shop is where you’ll find the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. A small sign outside a non-descript office building is the only thing identifying the 2,200 sq. ft mosque. Five times a day members of the Muslim community gather in Islamic Center of Murfreesboro to pray. Muslims have lived in Murfreesboro for decades, yet when plans to build a new mosque were approved this past summer, questions were raised and the resulting backlash and acts of vandalism revealed a community divided by deep-rooted suspicions about Muslims and Islam. Ten years after 9/11, this is the story of Muslims and non-Muslims, struggling to find common ground in America.








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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Get Well Wishes for Aaron Brown

TVNewser has news that former CNN'er Aaron Brown is having heart surgery today in Phoenix, AZ. Brown spoke with TVN about the television news industry and his former employer:



On the subject of television, Brown says the abundance of international breaking news over the last month plays to CNN’s institutional strengths, but at the same time “masks its underlying weaknesses.”

“CNN can’t succeed in a world where people want news to be entertaining,” he says. "Bill O'Reilly is inherently more entertaining than anything CNN does. It’s more fun to see an action movie than read a book.”

What CNN does have, however, “is a world-class brand that would be the envy of any news organization in the world except, perhaps, the New York Times. It doesn’t win [the ratings], but maybe that’s not the most important thing.”

To Brown, journalism is the most important thing. And on that point, he doesn’t hold much respect for Fox News’ O’Reilly, ex-MSNBC star Keith Olbermann and others, labeling them as “skilled entertainers who use journalism as a canvas on which to perform.”

O’Reilly is “the least self-conscious guy in the world. He makes 30 million dollars a year and talks about himself as a populist. The only one better than O’Reilly is [Stephen] Colbert. He’s a better O’Reilly than O’Reilly.”

Fox News colleague Glenn Beck “sits around with a blackboard and says profoundly stupid things, and he gets two million people to watch him.”

At Brown’s alma mater, Elliott Spitzer bullied Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker off their fledging 8 p.m. show, Brown says.

“She’s an adult. He’s a child. He wasn’t interested in sharing the space. The weight of his personality blew her off the screen. He’s a big, bombastic cable person, but he gets his ass kicked by O’Reilly from here to the moon.”

Brown, a Parker fan, says he would have advised her against taking the gig. “It was dumb for her. She’s really smart and talented. She didn’t need it. Someone probably dropped a million dollars on her. I don’t think much of how CNN handled it.”

As for Anderson Cooper, Brown’s successor at CNN, he saves his best brickbat for last.

“I know the difference between journalism and a slogan. ‘Keeping them honest’ [tagline for Cooper’s ‘360’] is a slogan.”

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UPDATE: CNN issued an response to Aaron's perceived criticism of AC360:

From a CNN spokesperson:

We wish Aaron well in his upcoming surgery, and we think viewer response to CNN’s recent coverage of historic events around the world on “Anderson Cooper 360″ and the rest of our TV and digital platforms speaks for itself.




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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ratings For the Week of March 14th - March 18th


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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CNN vs. Fox, Colbert Style


Last night Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert took a closer look at this week's war of words between CNN's Nic Robertson and Fox News Steve Harrigan. Enjoy!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Your Views on the News



It's been a while since we opened a discussion post. Tell us what you're thinking and what CNN is doing right or could improve on.


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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dr. Gupta on 60 Minutes, Counterfeit Drugs

Because of the breaking news in Japan and Libya this week we neglected posting Dr. Sanjay Gupta's appearance on 60 Minutes. He did an excellent job on the very interesting topic of counterfeit drugs.



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Sunday's Programming Updates


Sunday's programming changes:

9AM-1PM State of the Union with Candy Crowley live
1-3PM CNN-US/CNNI simulcast with co-anchors
3-4PM CNN Newsroom live
4-6PM CNN-US/CNNI simulcast with co-anchors
7-8PM CNN Newsroom live
8-10PM CNN-US/CNNI simulcast of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer live

All times are Eastern, schedule subject to change

Reporters covering Libya:
Arwa Damon is in Libya (@arwaCNN)
Nic Robertson is in Tripoli (@nicrobertsonCNN)
Reza Sayah is in Cairo (@sayahCNN)
Jim Bitterman and Jill Dougherty (@cnnjill) are in Paris
Ed Henry (@edhenrycnn)& Juan Carlos Lopez (CNN en Espanol) are with President Obama
Richard Roth is in New York at the United Nations (@richardrothcnn)
Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzercnn), John King (@johnkingcnn), Barbara Starr (@barbarastarrcnn) & Chris Lawrence report
Mohammed Jamjoom(@jamjoomcnn) is in Abu Dhabi
Leone Lakhani (@leonecnn) is in Bahrain
Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgencnn) is in Berlin
Diana Magnay (@dimagnaycnn) is in Sicily
Atika Shubert (@atika_cnn) is in London



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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Special Overnight Coverage


CNN-US will go live Saturday night into Sunday morning, pre-empting replays in the overnight hours. All times are Eastern.

8PM CNN Newsroom live with Don Lemon

9PM The Situation Room live with Wolf Blitzer

10PM-12AM CNN Newsroom live with Don Lemon

12AM-6AM CNNUS will simulcast CNN International live

6AM-9AM CNNUS/CNNI will simulcast together

9AM State of the Union live/CNNI will simulcast State of the Union


Programming is subject to change. We will keep you posted on updated programming changes throughout the weekend.




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"We Are Intervening"


CNN-US and CNN International are in simulcast with the breaking news of French President Sarkozy: “We are intervening” in Libya.

CNN's journalists covering the story:

Arwa Damon is in Libya (@arwaCNN)
Nic Robertson is in Tripoli (@nicrobertsonCNN)
Reza Sayah is in Cairo (@sayahCNN)
Jim Bitterman and Jill Dougherty (w/Sec. of State Clinton) are in Paris (@cnnjill)
Ed Henry is with President Obama in Brazil (@edhenrycnn)
Richard Roth is in New York at the United Nations (@richardrothcnn)
Mohammed Jamjoom is in Abu Dhabi (@jamjooncnn)
Leone Lakhani is in Bahrain (@leonecnn)
Fred Pleitgen is in Berlin (@fpleitgencnn)
Diana Magnay is in Rome (@dimagnaycnn)
Atika Shubert is in London (@atika_cnn)
Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzercnn), John King (@johnkingcnn), & Barbara Starr (barbarastarrcnn) reporting


We will update this post with information on reporters and programming as it becomes available throughout the weekend.



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This Weekend's Programming 3/19/11

(All times Eastern)

SATURDAY, March 19, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA MD – Airs Saturday at 7:30AM – 8:00AM; Sunday at 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the tragic events in Japan since March 11, 2011. He describes the human impact of the earthquake and, tsunami, and details what he saw at hospitals, shelters, and the ruins left by the disasters. He also describes what may be facing the workers inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station and what viewers need to know about radiation exposure.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Topic: Radiation Fallout
Guest: Dr. Timothy Jorgensen, associate professor, radiation medicine, Georgetown University

Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

JAPAN: WHEN DISASTER STRUCK – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM – 12:00AM, 2:00AM – 3:00AM
CNN’s Don Lemon anchors a live broadcast with CNN contributors about the layered disasters that have struck Japan.


SUNDAY, March 20, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA MD – Airs Saturday at 7:30AM – 8:00AM; Sunday at 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the tragic events in Japan since March 11, 2011. He describes the human impact of the earthquake and, tsunami, and details what he saw at hospitals, shelters, and the ruins left by the disasters. He also describes what may be facing the workers inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station and what viewers need to know about radiation exposure.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM

Topic: Crisis in Japan
Guest: Steven Chu, Energy Secretary

Topic: Emergency Preparedness in the U.S.; Unrest in the Middle East
Guest: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Guest: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

Topics: Crisis in Libya and the Middle East
Guest: Adm. William Fallon (Ret.), former U.S. Centcom Commander
Guest: Gen. Richard Myers (Ret.), former Joint Chiefs Chairman

Topic: Crisis in Japan; Nuclear Energy
Guest: John Boice, professor, Vanderbilt University; Radiation Epidemiologist
Guest: Sharon Squassoni, director and senior fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM on CNN/U.S. and 8:00AM – 9:00AM on CNN International

Topic: The human and economic impact of layered disasters in Japan; Japanese people’s response to the disasters; the character traits of the Japanese people; what Japan needs from its government; Japanese business; character traits of Japanese workers.
Guest: Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer / President, Sony Corporation

Topic: Crisis in Pakistan ratchets up; political/religious assassination in Pakistan; religious extremism gaining ground in Pakistan
Guest: Ahmed Rashid, author of Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation-Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia and Taliban

Host: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE 11:00AM – NOON

Topic: Coverage of the Crisis in Japan
Guest: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent; anchor, Sanjay Gupta, MD

Topic: Media’s Short Attention Span
Guest: Ted Koppel, former anchor, “Nightline,” ABC News

Host: Howard Kurtz

STALKER: THE REAGAN SHOOTING – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM – 12:00AM
CNN’s Drew Griffin reports on the dark events of March 30, 1991 – 30 years ago – the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan. Griffin dissects the events of that day and speaks to Jerry Parr, one of the U.S. Secret Service agents who saved Reagan’s life, and others, about the evasive measures and “fluke” shot that added up to avoided tragedy.



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