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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday Night on CNN: Debt Crisis Coverage


GET IT DONE! : COUNTDOWN TO DEBT CRISIS
Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00PM – 11:00PM ET

Tune in for a live, two-hour special co-anchored by Wolf Blitzer from Washington and Don Lemon from Atlanta on the latest from the debt crisis negotiations.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 7/30/11

SATURDAY, July 30, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA MD – Airs Saturday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta updates the latest on child actor Max Page, aka “Darth Vader” from this year’s Superbowl commercials, who spent time this week on Capitol Hill lobbying against cuts in Medicare. Also Dr. Gupta talks about the last days of training leading up to next week’s triathlon as he prepares to lead the CNN Fit Nation team’s participation in the Nautica NYC Triathlon.


THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs LIVE Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Live coverage of the debt crisis negotiations.

Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

CNN PRESENTS – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM
CNN’s Poppy Harlow reports an the investigation into potential civil rights abuses by bullied students in Minneapolis’ Anoka-Hennepin school district. In less than two years, seven have committed suicide. Harlow includes reporting on tensions within schools over sexual orientation across America. Investigative correspondent Kaj Larsen examines the mystery behind the bodies of four prostitutes found along a Long Island beach – and whether these are connected to other bodies in the case of the Long Island Serial Killer. Also, CNN’s Amber Lyon travels to Costa Rica to visit a refuge where poached monkeys are rehabilitated.


SUNDAY, July 31, 2011


SANJAY GUPTA MD – Airs Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta updates the latest on child actor Max Page, aka “Darth Vader” from this year’s Superbowl commercials, who spent time this week on Capitol Hill lobbying against cuts in Medicare. Also Dr. Gupta talks about the last days of training leading up to next week’s triathlon as he prepares to lead the CNN Fit Nation team’s participation in the Nautica NYC Triathlon.


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

Topic: Debt Ceiling Negotiations
Guest: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Minority Leader

Topic: Debt Ceiling Negotiations
Guest: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)

Topic: Debt Ceiling Negotiations
Guest: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Budget Committee

Topic: Debt Ceiling Negotiations
Guest: Mark Zandi, chief economist, Moody’s Analytics

Guest Anchor: Gloria Borger

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

Topic: How does the rest of the world view the American political debate over raising the debt ceiling? Is the U.S. reserve currency status at risk? What are the lessons from the Euro crisis?
Guest: Christine Lagarde, managing director, International Monetary Fund

Topic: Should the U.S. have bailed out GM? Have American auto industry recovered? How is the political debate over the debt ceiling impacting manufacturing?
Guest: Daniel Akerson, chairman and CEO, General Motors

Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE 11:00AM – NOON

Topic: Debt Ceiling Deadline Looms
Guest: Jonathan Martin, POLITICO
Guest: Nancy Cordes, CBS News
Guest: Michael Shear, The New York Times

Host: Howard Kurtz


CNN PRESENTS – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:000PM and 11:00PM
CNN investigative correspondent Kaj Larsen hits the seas for some scuba with the U.S. Navy marine mammal unit that trains dolphins to detect and intercept swimmers who could be potential terrorist divers. Other animals are trained to sweep the shoreline for mines and check ships for unintended explosives. National correspondent Gary Tuchman reveals the inside life of Warren Jeffs, the leader of the breakaway fundamentalist Mormon sect, FLDS, who is accused of polygamy and child endangerment. As attorneys prepare opening statements for the upcoming trial in San Angelo, Texas, Tuchman details the hold that Jeffs still has over his followers – even from behind prison bars. Also, correspondent Amber Lyon reports on pain pill-addicted babies who are crowding Florida hospitals as so-called ‘pill mills’ – clinics and medical practices that dispense prescriptions inappropriately – continue to flourish. Federal drug authorities consider the State of Florida among the states with the largest problem with inappropriate prescription drug use.

GET IT DONE! : COUNTDOWN TO DEBT CRISIS – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00PM – 11:00PM
A live, two-hour special co-anchored by Wolf Blitzer from Washington and Don Lemon from Atlanta on the latest from the debt crisis negotiations.

Anchors: Wolf Blitzer and Don Lemon

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Daily Show exposes Don Lemon as a NEWS guy!



The Daily Show, July 26, 2011


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Monday, July 25, 2011

Ratings for the week of July 18th - 22nd


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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Another New CNN Hire


Washington (CNN) - The CNN political team welcomed Ron Brownstein as a senior political analyst last week.

The editorial director for National Journal Group will serve as a contributor and provide political perspective to programs network-wide. His first appearance was on CNN's "American Morning."

Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Vice President Sam Feist said, "We're proud that Ron will again be joining CNN to help us cover what's shaping up to be an extraordinary campaign season."

And for Brownstein, the feeling is mutual. "I'm excited to be rejoining a great CNN political team that not only provides comprehensive and insightful coverage of politics from wire to wire, but never loses sight of the fact that campaigns are not a form of entertainment-they are the way we set our direction and settle our differences as a society," he said.

Brownstein is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and pens a weekly column for National Journal. He regularly contributes articles for both the National Journal and The Atlantic.

Brownstein is also a contributor with ABC News.


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Athena Jones Joins CNN Washington as Correspondent


Athena Jones will join CNN as a general assignment correspondent, it was announced today by Sam Feist, Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. Jones will report on a wide range of general news stories and will appear on programs across the network. Jones will be based in the Washington D.C. bureau and will begin her position with the network immediately.
“Athena will be an outstanding addition to our political team,” said Feist. “Her experience covering the White House, politics and international affairs are a perfect fit for the Washington bureau.”
“I’m excited to be joining the CNN team,” said Jones. “And look forward to getting started.”
Previously, Jones was a White House producer with NBC, where she wrote packages, produced story segments and reported on air for MSNBC and NBC News. Jones covered the Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns during the 2008 election cycle for NBC and the National Journal. Prior to NBC, Jones served as a freelance segment producer for CNN. From 2001 to 2003, Jones worked as a reporter for Reuters based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she covered the Argentine presidential elections as well as other general news stories. Prior to Reuters, Jones reported on politics and the economy in both Chile and Argentina for Bloomberg News.
Jones graduated cum laude from Harvard University and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She studied Spanish and European politics at the University of Madrid Complutense in Madrid, Spain; and studied Islamic studies at the American Research Center in Cairo, Egypt, with Duke University.


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Your Views on the News 7/23/11


Two more weeks until CNN rolls out its prime time changes. But the soon to be no more 'In The Arena' had a few guest hosts that did a really good job this past week. Do you think Tom Foreman and/or Don Lemon are ready for a prime time permanent assignment? What about a wrap up of the days news at 10 PM, AC360's old slot? Give us your opinions and suggestions.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 7/23/11

SATURDAY, July 23, 2011


SANJAY GUPTA MD – Airs Saturday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta updates the latest on a lawsuit filed this week by more than 70 professional football players against the NFL for head injuries. Child actor Max Page, aka “Darth Vader” from this year’s Super Bowl commercials, is only six-years-old, but speaks to Dr. Gupta about his upcoming trip to Congress to lobåby against cuts in Medicare. As a heart patient himself, Max is worried about health care for other families with sick kids. Also, Dr. Gupta interviews Howard Markel, author of An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine, about the complicated history of what was once thought to be a wonder drug – a potential cure for everything from morphine addiction to tuberculosis. Also Dr. Gupta catches up with his triathlon team member Anastasia Cirricione from Kansas City, MO, about their race – now just over two weeks away.


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

Topics: Debt negotiations
Guest: Ron Brownstein, editorial director for the National Journal

Topics: US-Afghanistan policy
Guest: Marvin Kalb, professor at The George Washington University

Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

CNN PRESENTS – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM; 11:00PM – 12:00AM; 2:00AM – 3:00AM
CNN correspondent Deborah Feyerick reports on the latest updates into the search, capture, arrest and investigation surrounding the former FBI Most Wanted, notorious Boston mob boss, James “Whitey” Bulger. Correspondent Kaj Larsen takes the USS Honolulu, a nuclear powered hunter-killer submarine, to the North Pole in what is designed to be a brazen display of US primacy and power in the arctic region. He treks across the ice to an outpost to check out the US presence in the region, and conduct a series of interviews to learn which country is ahead in the race to control the top of the world. Also, correspondent Sandra Endo profiles “the ultimate sport” - cheerleading.


SUNDAY, July 24, 2011


SANJAY GUPTA MD – Airs Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta updates the latest on a lawsuit filed this week by more than 70 professional football players against the NFL for head injuries. Child actor Max Page, aka “Darth Vader” from this year’s Super Bowl commercials, is only six-years-old, but speaks to Dr. Gupta about his upcoming trip to Congress to lobby against cuts in Medicare. As a heart patient himself, Max is worried about health care for other families with sick kids. Also, Dr. Gupta interviews Howard Markel, author of An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine, about the complicated history of what was once thought to be a wonder drug – a potential cure for everything from morphine addiction to tuberculosis. Also Dr. Gupta catches up with his triathlon team member Anastasia Cirricione from Kansas City, MO, about their race – now just over two weeks away.


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

Topics: Race for the White House; Debt Crisis
Guest: Tim Pawlenty (R), presidential candidate

Topics: Debt Talks; Defense of Marriage Act
Guest: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chair, Intelligence Committee

Topics: Debt negotiations; debt ceiling
Guest: Timothy Geithner, Treasury Secretary

Topics: Debt negotiations
Guest: Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Co-Chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus

Anchor: Candy Crowley


FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topic: Morocco is the first Arab nation to approve a new constitution and real reforms since the “Arab spring” – how is it going so far?
Guest: Taïb Fassi-Fihri, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Morocco
Topic: What’s being happening in REST of the world while all eyes were on a tabloid murder trial, a newspaper hacking and bribery scandal, and a couple of debt crises? Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and much more
Guest: Gideon Rose, Editor of 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. State Department of State
Topic: 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
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria


RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE 11:00AM – NOON

Topic: News Corp; Murdoch’s Testify
Guest: John Burns, The New York Times
Guest: Paul Farhi, The Washington Post
Guest: Vicky Ward, contributing editor, Vanity Fair

Topic: Coverage of Rep. Bachmann’s Migraines
Guest: Ruth Marcus, The Washington Post
Guest: Jonathan Strong, The Daily Caller

Topic: News Corp
Guest: Paul McMullen, former News of the World features editor
Guest: Cenk Uygur, former MSNBC anchor; TheYoungTurks.com

Host: Howard Kurtz


CNN PRESENTS – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM; 11:00PM – 12:00AM; 2:00AM – 3:00AM
CNN’s Poppy Harlow reports about the investigation into potential civil rights abuses by bullied students in Minneapolis’ Anoka-Hennepin school district. In less than two years, seven have committed suicide. Harlow includes reporting on tensions within schools over sexual orientation across America. Investigative correspondent Kaj Larsen examines the mystery behind the bodies of four prostitutes found along a Long Island beach – and whether these are connected to other bodies in the case of the Long Island Serial Killer. Also, CNN’s Amber Lyon travels to Costa Rica to visit a refuge where poached monkeys are rehabilitated.


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ratings For The Week of July 11th - July 15th


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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Piers on TSR


Piers Morgan talked with Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday's The Situation Room about being sucked into the hacking scandal and having his name mentioned today before Parliament.

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Me Thinks Piers Doth Protest Too Much


Mark Joyella has an interesting article posted on Mediaite about Piers Morgan's defense, via Twitter, of himself and Murdoch in the hacking scandal.

CNN’s Piers Morgan took to Twitter this afternoon, defending himself after a British member of Parliament suggested during the question of James and Rupert Murdoch that Morgan had admitted to phone hacking. “That MP just claimed I boasted in my book of using phone-hacking for a scoop,” Morgan tweeted to his 974,000 followers. “Complete nonsense. Just read the book.” Morgan’s memoir, The Insider: Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade, discusses his time as a British tabloid editor–including working as editor of Murdoch’s now-closed News of the World–and has been singled out by a UK blogger for a reference to the ease of phone hacking. Morgan says he never described actually doing so. “I’ve never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, or published any stories based on the hacking of a phone.”


Follow the link for the full read.

NOTE: Piers will be on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer today between 5 - 6 PM ET.


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Monday, July 18, 2011

CNN Streams Online and On Mobile

CNN is First to Stream 24-Hour News Network Online and On Mobile


CNN.com Unveils New Video Experience to Showcase Live CNN and HLN TV, On-Demand Video, Multi-tasking

CNN and HLN’s complete 24-hour television networks will be streamed live on CNN.com, the CNN App for iPad and the CNN App for iPhone and iPod touch beginning today, July 18. CNN Worldwide is the first news organization to stream its linear television channels online and on mobile devices to consumers who subscribe to a multi-channel video service. Simultaneous to this launch, CNN.com has debuted its new video experience, which seamlessly integrates live network TV into a larger and higher-quality video player, capable of delivering HD quality.

CNN and HLN online and mobile streaming is currently available to approximately 50 million households with subscribers to participating pay TV providers, including: AT&T, Comcast, Cox, DISH Network, Suddenlink and Verizon.

“A principle goal for CNN is to make more of our content available to more people on more platforms, and CNN’s participation in the TV Everywhere initiative is another step forward in that effort,” said Jim Walton, President of CNN Worldwide. “We have long believed that our growth depends on keeping CNN essential and relevant to consumers wherever they are."

To access CNN and HLN online, users can go to www.cnn.com/video, click on the “Live” tab and log-in through their cable, satellite or telco provider with a username and password.

For mobile devices, a user can download the CNN App for iPad or the CNN App for iPhone and iPod touch (or update their app to version 1.2 for iPhone, 1.1 for iPad), and authenticate in the same way.

“CNN is taking a significant step forward by offering live CNN and HLN TV to our audiences whether they are on their couches at home or have their toes in the sand on the beach," said KC Estenson, general manager of CNN Digital. “The 10 million users who have downloaded CNN's mobile apps and the tens of millions of people who get the latest news and information from CNN.com every day will soon be able to watch CNN TV on every device they have."

CNN.com’s new video experience offers a cinematic player that optimizes the video quality for a user based on their Internet connection, with the capability of delivering HD quality. Video can be “squeezed back” to allow a user to browse through curated CNN video collections and TV show clips without leaving the video experience.

In addition to the live streams of CNN’s networks, the video experience will continue to offer up to four live streams of breaking news and events, original video series and on-demand video clips with related CNN and HLN show information.

The CNN App for iPad and CNN App for iPhone and iPod touch are available for free from the App Store or at www.itunes.com/appstore.


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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Your Views on the News 7/16/11


It's been another interesting week for CNN. Kiran Chetry moving on, Piers Morgan getting more press for the hacking scandal and prime time ratings still in free fall. So there you have our jumping off points for a discussion. Feel free to come up with a few of your own.


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Friday, July 15, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 7/16/11

FRIDAY, July 15, 2011

CNN PRESENTS: A LARRY KING SPECIAL* – HARRY POTTER: THE FINAL CHAPTER – Airs Friday 8:00PM – 9:00PM

SATURDAY, July 16, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA MD** – Airs Saturday 7:30AM – 8:00AM

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Topics: Debt Negotiations; tax reform, spending cuts
Guest: Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform
Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

CNN PRESENTS: A LARRY KING SPECIAL – HARRY POTTER: THE FINAL CHAPTER* Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM – 12:00AM, 2:00AM – 3:00AM

SUNDAY, July 17, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA, MD** – Airs Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM


STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM
Topics: Battle Over the Budget; Race for the White House
Guest: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM on CNN/U.S. and 8:00AM – 9:00AM on CNN International
Topics: The Debt Crisis
Guest: Larry Summers, former Director of the White House National Economic Council & former U.S. Treasury Secretary
Topic: Environmental economics
Guest: Bjørn Lomborg, author & adjunct professor
Topic: The Arab Spring
Guest: Rami Khouri, Beirut-based freelance journalist
Guest: Ayman Mohyeldin, Egypt & Gaza correspondent, Al Jazeera English


RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE 11:00AM – NOON
Topic: Impact of Murdoch scandal on journalism
Guest: Sarah Smith, Channel 4/ United Kingdom
Guest: Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair
Guest: David Folkenflik, NPR
Topic: Covering the debt negotiations
Guest: Jonathan Karl, ABC News
Guest: Julie Mason, Politico
Host: Howard Kurtz

CNN PRESENTS: Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM – 12:00AM
CNN correspondent Deborah Feyerick reports on the latest updates into the search, capture, arrest and investigation surrounding the former FBI Most Wanted, notorious Boston mob boss, James “Whitey” Bulger. Correspondent Kaj Larsen takes the USS Honolulu, a nuclear powered hunter-killer submarine, to the North Pole in what is designed to be a brazen display of US primacy and power in the arctic region. He treks across the ice to an outpost to check out the US presence in the region, and conduct a series of interviews to learn which country is ahead in the race to control the top of the world. Also, correspondent Sandra Endo profiles “the ultimate sport” - cheerleading.


* King interviews Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane, and discusses never-before-seen footage from the film, just days before the film’s global premiere. James and Oliver Phelps, who play the Weasley twins, take viewers on a tour of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort and interact with fans.

**In the second of a two-part special, as the U.S. prepares for the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports with CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr on the medical breakthroughs developed on the battlefields. This special includes profiles of Dr. John Holcomb, formerly the Commander of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and Trauma Consultant for the Army Surgeon General, before joining the University of Texas Health Science Center where he oversaw the care and treatment of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Dr. Gupta also interviews USAF pilot Rob Waldman about overcoming claustrophobia, and Starr reports from the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where Maj. Joseph Dubose (USAF), Col. David Powers (former Director C-STARS Baltimore, Ret.) train doctors like Lt. Col. Allan Ward (USAF) and Maj. John Renshaw (USAF) and nurses who are headed to Afghanistan as they sharpen their trauma experience for practice in war theater. Maj. DuBose describes this exchange of knowledge as a century-old practice of battle-experienced physicians returning from war with very useful insights for civilian medical care.


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kiran Chetry Says Goodbye to CNN


Kiran Chetry's letter to staffers at CNN & American Morning:

To My American Morning Family–

July 29th will be my last day on our show and at CNN. While there are exciting things for me coming up soon, I want you to know how much I will miss spending the wee hours of the morning with you.

As journalists, together we have covered some of the most pivotal stories of our time. I will never forget your dedication and hard work toward getting it right and through it all, we always found a way to laugh and enjoy our work.

The stories we told were generational: The Virginia Tech shootings, the Gulf Oil Spill, President Obama’s inauguration, the Royal Wedding… My special reports on teen drug abuse, autism, the challenge of military families… And who can forget the 8 hour marathon shows we did on election mornings, and on and on….Together we’ve had a front row seat to history.

The “thank yous” could go on forever. But Jim Walton, Jon Klein and Joel Cheatwood made the call to give me an opportunity I will treasure forever.

The nearly 5 years here at CNN have been some of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding of my career.

It was a true honor to come to work everyday with some of the most kind, professional, hardworking and fun people in the business.

This isn’t goodbye… this is see you soon.

God Bless,

Kiran


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And the Scandal Gets Even Closer to CNN.....

Image and its editorial opinion from order-order.com


From Wednesday's TVNewser:

CNN host and former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan may be asked to appear before the inquiry investigating the hacking scandal currently engulfing U.K. media. The Guy Fawkes blog, which wrote about Morgan’s possible involvement yesterday, today posted statements from MPs suggesting that Morgan should appear to explain what he knew about hacking, either at the Mirror or elsewhere. The blog also excerpts from Morgan’s 2005 autobiography, which seems to indicate that he was at least aware of the technique used to hack into voicemails as far back as 2001.

UPDATES from Order-Order.com:

Douglas Carswell MP called for Morgan to appear before Lord Leveson’s inquiry:
“Piers Morgan needs to come and explain what he knows about the vile practice of phone hacking and if he knew it was taking place at the Mirror. No celebrity is too grand to come and answer questions.”

The State’s Business Insider says:
“It’s sounding less and less likely that CNN’s Piers Morgan is going to manage to stay free of the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal engulfing Britain…
…CNN had no comment when we reached out to them yesterday regarding the report.”



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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Could Scandal Sink Piers?


From TVNewser:

A U.K. political blog alleges that phone hacking was not contained to News Corp.’s News of the World, and that News competitor The Daily Mirror also engaged in the practice. The editor of the Mirror at the time? Piers Morgan, now a primetime host on CNN.

The Guido Fawkes blog, led by libertarian blogger Paul Staines, charges that Morgan was aware that at least one scoop was obtained by hacking a celebrity’s voicemail, but decided to publish it anyway, in an effort to revive the brand of the paper’s gossip column:


The paper’s editor at the time, one Piers Morgan, was receiving flak for the fact that his 3AM Girls gossip section was dire rubbish and lacked any bite compared to Morgan’s old Bizarre column in News International’s Sun. Morgan decided to let 3AMGirl Jessica Callan break the illegally obtained story under her byline in order to try and rid the column of its banal reputation.

The parent company of The Daily Mirror responded to the then rumors a few days ago, saying “Trinity Mirror’s position is clear. Our journalists work within the criminal law and the PCC code of conduct.”



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Monday, July 11, 2011

Ratings for the Week of July 4th - July 8th


1 - Special programming was aired on two nights during the week
2 - 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, July 9, 2011

National Association of Black Journalists Berates CNN

The National Association of Black Journalists issued a letter to CNN complaining about the same issue many of you have mentioned in ATC's comments, the lack of minorities in CNN's prime time lineup. We thought it might be a good jump off point for this weeks discussion. Take time to read the letter, it's after the bump, and give us your opinion.

Friday, July 8, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 7/8/11

FRIDAY, July 8, 2011


CNN PRESENTS: BEYOND ATLANTIS – THE NEXT FRONTIER – Airs Friday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM

CNN's John Zarrella reports on the United States Space Shuttle program after 135 missions. Among his interviews, Zarella talks with Administrator Charles Bolden about NASA’s future, and he profiles a family that traveled to Kennedy Space Center to witness the first shuttle launch more than 30 years ago and has an exclusive interview with the wife of one the Space Shuttle Challenger astronauts. Zarrella gives viewers exclusive access inside the Space Shuttle Discovery, the shuttle that has flown the most flights, and shares the astronaut’s viewpoint from inside. He travels to Promontory, Utah, to visit the site where the space shuttle boosters were built, and he takes viewers on the train ride carrying the last set of boosters to Kennedy Space Center for the final Space Shuttle mission.


SATURDAY, July 9, 2011


SANJAY GUPTA MD – BATTLEFIELD BREAKTHROUGHS (PART I) – Airs Saturday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
As the U.S. prepares for the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports with CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr on the medical breakthroughs developed on the battlefields. From amazing, long-distance robot surgeries, to extraordinary prosthetics, to creative physical rehabilitation techniques, effective pain management, and swift field evacuations, doctors are learning useful techniques they are now applying back here in the U.S. The medical lessons learned are impacting medical care at civilian rehab centers, doctor’s offices, and trauma centers – including the surgical care that saved the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Dr. Gupta also interviews Afghan War veteran, biomedical engineer, and Harvard professor Kit Parker, PhD about what he learned in war to help troops wounded by explosives, that he’s teaching others treating the wounded here in the U.S. Also, CNN Fit Nation triathlete Kas Seerla talks about how she’s meeting the challenge of training for her open water swim.


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

Topics: Economy; Jobs Report
Guest: Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics

Anchor: Wolf Blitzer


SUNDAY, July 10, 2011


SANJAY GUPTA MD – BATTLEFIELD BREAKTHROUGHS (PART I) – Airs Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
As the U.S. prepares for the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports with CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr on the medical breakthroughs developed on the battlefields. From amazing, long-distance robot surgeries, to extraordinary prosthetics, to creative physical rehabilitation techniques, effective pain management, and swift field evacuations, doctors are learning useful techniques they are now applying back here in the U.S. The medical lessons learned are impacting medical care at civilian rehab centers, doctor’s offices, and trauma centers – including the surgical care that saved the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Dr. Gupta also interviews Afghan War veteran, biomedical engineer, and Harvard professor Kit Parker, PhD about what he learned in war to help troops wounded by explosives, that he’s teaching others treating the wounded here in the U.S. Also, CNN Fit Nation triathlete Kas Seerla talks about how she’s meeting the challenge of training for her open water swim.


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

Topics: Debt Ceiling Negotiations
Guest: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Majority Whip

Topics: Debt Ceiling Negotiations
Guest: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Ranking Member, Budget Committee

Topics: 2012 Politics; Debt Talks; Economy in Crisis
Guest: Rick Santorum (R) presidential candidate; former senator of Pennsylvania

Topics: NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch; Future of Space Exploration
Guest: James Garvin, chief scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Anchor: Candy Crowley


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

Topics: Dominique Strauss-Kahn – Why has the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case been perceived so differently on the two sides of the Atlantic? What’s the sentiment overseas and in the U.S. about Greece’s economic turmoil? What are the Greek lessons for America? What’s the status of the rebels in Libya? Are we in for a long stalemate in Libya – or will one side prevail in the short-term?
Guest: Chrystia Freeland, editor, Thomson Reuters Digital; global editor-at-large, Thomson Reuters
Guest: Bernard-Henri Lévy, French journalist, author, and philosopher
Guest: Simon Schama, Professor of Art History and History, Columbia University
Guest: Bret Stephens, deputy editorial page editor – foreign affairs, The Wall Street Journal

Topic: The world’s newest nation: Will South Sudan go to war with Sudan?; The African Continent has 7 of the world’s 10 fast-growing economies – is Africa the quiet success story? What are the roadblocks standing in the way of its continued growth?
Guest: Nicholas Kristof, op/ed columnist, The New York Times
Guest: Peter Godwin, foreign affairs correspondent, The Sunday Times,

Anchor: Fareed Zakaria


RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE 11:00AM – NOON

Topic: News of the World Demise
Guest: Toby Harnden, The Guardian
Guest: Matt Frei, BBC
Guest: Emily Bell, Columbia University

Topic: Casey Anthony Verdict Coverage
Guest: Diane Dimond, The Daily Beast
Guest: Lauren Ashburn, Ashburn Media

Topic: Coverage of the Debt Ceiling Debate
Guest: Tony Blankley, conservative columnist
Guest: Katrina vanden Huevel, The Nation

Host: Howard Kurtz


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A Larry King Special: Harry Potter

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CNN Presents: A Larry King Special – Harry Potter: The Final Chapter
King has first interview with film’s stars days before final Potter movie released

Larry King sits down with the cast of Harry Potter leading up to the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. The one-hour special, airing July 10 at 8 and 11pm ET will feature interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane, as well as never before seen footage from the film days before its worldwide premiere. Additionally, James and Oliver Phelps, who play the Weasley twins, take viewers on a tour of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort and interact with fans on the eve of the final Harry Potter movie. The special will also air on CNN International.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Eliot Spitzer Signs Off for the Last Time


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Here's a transcript of Spitzer's farewell, including a passage from Roosevelt's "Citizenship in a Republic speech (sometimes referred to as "The Man In The Arena" speech) at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910:


SPITZER: That's it for tonight. This is my last program. And I thought the best way to sign off is with a quotation from Theodore Roosevelt. It is, in fact, the passage from which we took the title of the program "IN THE ARENA."

Here it is: It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood which strives valiantly, who errs, who comes up short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victor nor defeat.

Thanks for watching. Good night from New York.




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CNN at the Cape


CNN’s Special Coverage of the Final Space Shuttle Launch
Space Shuttle: Final Mission airs Friday, July 8th 10 a.m. to noon (ET)

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will lead the network’s team of reporters from Cape Canaveral, FL for the special live coverage of the final launch of the United States Space Shuttle program. Space Shuttle: Final Mission will air on CNN/U.S. and CNN International on Friday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to noon (ET). Former astronauts Cady Coleman and Senator Bill Nelson, and historian Douglas Brinkley will join CNN’s coverage.
Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch at 11:26 a.m. (ET) on Friday, July 8th.
As in the past during major news events, thousands of people in New York Times Square will be able to watch CNN's coverage of this historic moment.
More than one million spectators are expected to converge on Cape Canaveral, FL to witness the final launch. Having covered more than 80 U.S. Space Shuttle missions, correspondent John Zarrella will report from Kennedy Space Center. Anchor Ali Velshi will report for American Morning from Cape Canaveral, FL. Anchor Brooke Baldwin will be inside the Visitor Complex to gauge the excitement and nostalgia of the historic moment with spectators. Meteorologist Chad Myers will also be in the Visitor Complex providing viewers with up to the moment shuttle launch forecast. Correspondent Carol Costello will attend watch parties along the beach, capturing the celebratory mood.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

CNN's New Evening Lineup Starting this Fall


CNN has unveiled a new evening lineup with anchors Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan to launch this fall, it was announced today by Ken Jautz, executive vice president, CNN/U.S.

Beginning Aug. 8, CNN will broadcast its flagship nightly news program AC360, anchored by Anderson Cooper, live at 8pm and re-air it in its current timeslot of 10pm.

In the fall, CNN will premiere a new general news program with Erin Burnett, which will air at 7pm ET and re-air at 11pm ET. Piers Morgan Tonight will continue to air at 9pm and 12am ET.

John King USA will kick off the evening at 6pm. The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer will continue as a two-hour daily program, airing in a new time slot of 4-6pm. CNN Newsroom will now air from 9am-4pm. The full programming schedule is provided below.

“The new line-up showcases anchors who are experienced reporters in covering stories that span the globe,” said Jautz. “We created a nightly schedule that brings together the best of CNN’s journalism on a wide range of topics from politics and the economy to global and world events, as well the best newsmaker and celebrity interviews. This line-up ensures viewers access to the best of what CNN has to offer whenever they tune in at night.”

“I’m looking forward to the new time slot and am excited to share AC360 with a new audience at 8pm, while still connecting with my regular viewers at 10pm,” said Cooper.

CNN Fall Schedule (All times Eastern):

6a-9am: American Morning
9a-4pm: CNN Newsroom
4pm: Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
6pm: John King, USA
7pm: Erin Burnett
8pm: Anderson Cooper 360°
9pm: Piers Morgan Tonight
10pm: AC 360 re-air
11pm: Erin Burnett re-air
12am: Piers Morgan Tonight re-air


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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Ratings for the Week of June 27th - July 1st

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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Preliminary Numbers for Anthony Verdict on CNN

During the 2-3PM ET hour for the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial, users tuned to CNN.com for:

• Live video – with over 1 million users watching CNN.com/live, 30x higher than the prior 4-week average

• Latest news – with approximately 12 million page views to CNN.com, 4x higher than the 4-average



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Monday, July 4, 2011

CNN at Essence in NOLA this Weekend

Photo Credit: David Holloway/CNN


At the 2011 Essence Music Festival, CNN's Suzanne Malveaux moderated the panel discussions for CNN's "What Matters in our Community: A Conversation with Political Officials. Participating in the discussion was Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, Mitchell Landrieu, Mayor of the city of New Orleans, Kasim Reed, Mayor of the city of Atlanta, Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Michael Blake, Director of Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Dr. Garth Graham, Director, U.S. Office of Minority Health and Marie Johns, Dpeuty Administrator, Small Business Administration.


HLN's A.J. Hammer moderated the panel "Reel Talk: Breaking Down Images of Reality Television. Cynthia Bailey and NeNe Leakes of the Housewives of Atlanta, Shunie O'Neal, Evenlyn Lozada and Tami Roman of Basketball Wives. Hammer talks to the Reality Stars about the criticism logged at them and their respective shows.

Also at the event was CNN's Soledad O'Brien.





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Happy 4th of July


Happy 4th to our U.S. readers!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Beyond Atlantis: John Zarrella & Anderson Cooper

CNN’s John Zarrella Reports on the End of the Space Shuttle Program
Beyond Atlantis: The Next Frontier premieres Sunday, July 3, 8:00 p.m. ET

Having covered more than 80 U.S. Space Shuttle missions, CNN correspondent John Zarrella delivers a special report on the end of the Space shuttle program and the future for NASA, as the glorious and sometimes tragic era comes to end. CNN Presents – Beyond Atlantis: The Next Frontier debuts Sunday, July 3 at 8 p.m. (ET) on CNN/U.S. and it replays on Friday, July 8 at 10 p.m. (ET) after the final space shuttle launch.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will lead the network’s team of reporters from Cape Canaveral, FL for the special coverage of the final launch of the United States Space Shuttle program. Space Shuttle: Final Mission will air on CNN/U.S. and CNN International on Friday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to noon (ET).
Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch at 11:26 a.m. (ET) on Friday, July 8th.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Your Views on the News 7/2/11


If you read between the lines it looks as if not much will change with CNN's programming until September 26th. That's not surprising, major changes in CNN's lineup traditionally are rolled out in September. Rumors that Erin Burnett will be in primetime were bolstered this week when TVNewswer posted a Burnett ad for a senior writer, from the Turner website, that specifically classifies the program as 'nightly'.
If you want a good read NPR has a a look at CNN and it's Executive VP and managing editor Mark Whitaker. Whitaker acknowledges that CNN has been thrown off course but he still seems high on Morgan and Spitzer. Follow the link to read.
I'm sure you have an opinion on all this so now is your turn!


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Friday, July 1, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 7/2/11

SATURDAY, July 2, 2011


SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday and Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews CNN analyst and Constitutional scholar, Jeffrey Toobin, about the trial of accused Arizona mass murderer Jared Loughner - can prosecutors force him to take medication, to make him competent to stand trial? Also, Dr. Gupta interviews KISS band rocker Paul Stanley about overcoming a birth deformity, first-time triathlete Joaquin Vrignoni talks about his Fathers’ Day training breakthrough, Dr. Gupta reviews the week’s FDA hearings on the drug Avastin’s usage for the treatment of breast cancer, and talks to both sides of the debate over the Supreme Court’s lifting of California’s ban on violent video games for minor.

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

Topics: Clinton Global Initiative; 2012 Politics; Libya; Domestic Job Creation
Guest: President Bill Clinton, former U.S. president; founder, Clinton Global Initiative

Anchor: Wolf Blitzer


NEPAL’S STOLEN CHILDREN: A CNN FREEDOM PROJECT DOCUMENTARY– Airs Saturday 8:00PM-9:00PM, 11:00PM – 12:00AM, and 2:00AM – 3:00AM
Actress and anti-sex trafficking activist Demi Moore partners with the CNN Freedom Project to shine a light on the shocking trade of human life in Nepal. As a special contributor to the CNN Freedom Project, Moore joins up with 2010 CNN Hero of the Year Anuradha Koirala and her organization, Maiti Nepal, which has rescued more than 12,000 stolen Nepalese women and young girls from sex trafficking since 1993. Nepal’s Stolen Children follows Moore as she spends time in the Maiti Nepal shelter, hearing emotional first-hand accounts from dozens of girls who had been trafficked. Moore is a passionate advocate for victims of human trafficking and through her organization, DNA Foundation, she is outspoken about the need to address and attack the demand side of sex trafficking.


SUNDAY, July 3, 2011



SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday and Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews CNN analyst and Constitutional scholar, Jeffrey Toobin, about the trial of accused Arizona mass murderer Jared Loughner - can prosecutors force him to take medication, to make him competent to stand trial? Also, Dr. Gupta interviews KISS band rocker Paul Stanley about overcoming a birth deformity, first-time triathlete Joaquin Vrignoni talks about his Fathers’ Day training breakthrough, Dr. Gupta reviews the week’s FDA hearings on the drug Avastin’s usage for the treatment of breast cancer, and talks to both sides of the debate over the Supreme Court’s lifting of California’s ban on violent video games for minor.


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

Topics: War in Afghanistan; President’s Withdrawal Plan
Guest: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), from the Middle East

Topics: Making it in America: Examining the American Dream
Guest: Steve Case, former chairman & CEO, AOL; chair, Startup America Partnership
Guest: Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Guest: Geoffrey Canada, president & CEO, Harlem Children's Zone
Guest: Suze Orman, personal finance expert
Guest: Russell Simmons, entrepreneur; founder, Def-Jam Recordings

Anchor: Candy Crowley


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

Topics: The Arab Spring: Why is U.S. policy inconsistent regarding the nations that have had democratic movements? What did Donilon say to Saudi King Abdullah during his visit to the Kingdom? Will the U.S. join France in arming the Libyan rebels? Did elements of the Pakistani leadership protect bin Laden? Can the U.S. really negotiate with the Taliban to exit Afghanistan?
Guest: Tom Donilon, National Security Advisor (Obama Administration). A Fareed Zakaria GPS Exclusive

Topic: How have the democratic movements in the Arab World impacted the younger generations? What kinds of futures do they desire? What will be the future of relations between the West and the emerging nations of the Arab Spring?
Guest: Bruce Feiler, author of Generation Freedom: The Middle East Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World

Anchor: Fareed Zakaria


RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE 11:00AM – NOON

Topic: Media’s Fixation on Politicians’ Gaffes
Guest: Michelle Cottle, Newsweek/The Daily Beast
Guest: A.B. Stoddard, The Hill
Guest: Matthew Continetti, The Weekly Standard

Topic: Reporting on the Legalization of Gay Marriage in New York
Guest: John Aravosis, AmericaBlog.com
Guest: Maggie Gallagher, National Organization of Marriage

Topic: Glenn Beck’s Last Day at Fox News
Guest: Adam Buckman, TVHowl.com
Guest: Gail Shister, TVNewser.com

Host: Howard Kurtz


STORIES: REPORTER– Airs Sunday 7:30PM – 8:00PM
From Florida to Minnesota and Wall Street to Colorado’s Independence Pass, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman reports compelling stories from around the U.S.


CNN PRESENTS: BEYOND ATLANTIS – THE NEXT FRONTIER – Airs Sunday 8:00PM-9:00PM, 11:00PM – 12:00AM and 2:00AM – 3:00AM
CNN's John Zarrella reports on the United States Space Shuttle program after 135 missions. Among his interviews, Zarrella talks with Administrator Charles Bolden about NASA’s future, and he profiles a family that traveled to Kennedy Space Center to witness the first shuttle launch more than 30 years ago and has an exclusive interview with the wife of one the Space Shuttle Challenger astronauts. Zarrella gives viewers exclusive access inside the Space Shuttle Discovery, the shuttle that has flown the most flights, and shares the astronaut’s viewpoint from inside. He travels to Promontory, Utah, to visit the site where the space shuttle boosters were built, and he takes viewers on the train ride carrying the last set of boosters to Kennedy Space Center for the final Space Shuttle mission.



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