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CNN Renews ‘Parts Unknown’ and Two Others Shows

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Now, I know that this isn’t a DC story, or even a political one. However, as a huge fan of the man and the show (as I am sure many of you are), I am thrilled to be the 3,823,159th person to announce that CNN has picked up its original program “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” for a fifth season.

From Russia to Iran, Bourdain has taken his audience to places some of us only dream, or fear, to go. His adventures have helped bridge gaps between cultures, and opened our eyes to a world much more complex than we often believe.

Good luck in your new adventures, Tony, we’ll be watching. Oh, and the more Zamir Gotta, the better.

“This is Life with Lisa Ling,” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do it with Mike Rowe were also picked up by the network, but I don’t watch those yet. Sue me.

Next episode: Jamaica. Sunday, November 16 at 9pm ET/PT

Fishbowl5 + 1 with (Now) CNN’s Maeve Reston

Another big get for CNN Digital Politics today. Maeve Reston, the LA Times political reporter and brains behind #campaignfashionreport, is joining the likes of Peter Hamby and Chris Moody at CNN Digital Politics.  In her new gig she will remain in LA, where she will write big-picture political stories, report on the intersection of Hollywood, politics and money, and contribute to both the net’s television and digital video coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.  Rather than posting another boring memo, we decided to ask Maeve a few questions for our Fishbowl5 feature.

get-attachment.aspxWhat’s it like to report on politics 3,000 miles from DC?

Incredibly refreshing. If I had my way, political reporters wouldn’t have desks – just a laptop, an aircard, and the freedom to roam the country finding the best stories.

Who gets more starstruck: politicians meeting movie stars, or movie stars meeting politicians?

Depends on the caliber of the politician and the caliber of the celebrity. Generally the politicians try to play it cool, while the celebrities are more honest about being starstruck.

How do you see Silicon Valley’s role in politics changing over the next few years? Read more

CNN Digital Politics Hires Metzler from U.S. News

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The digital hiring spree in CNN’s Washington bureau continues today with news that Rebekah Metzler will exit U.S. News & World Report for a gig at CNN. Currently a senior news editor, Metzler will take the role of breaking news editor for CNN Digital Politics.

For those of you counting, Metzler is CNN Digital Politics’ 200,698th hire in the past two months. I kid. But it seems that way, no?

Since poaching Politico‘s Rachel Smolkin and naming her executive editor this summer, the network has really been bulking up their digital team. You may recall that in addition to Smolkin, CNN snagged three more from Politico – Steven SloanJedd Rosche and Eric Bradner.  They also made big name hires like Chris Moody from Yahoo!, Ashley Codianni from Mashable and Stephen Collinson from AFP, as well as reporters and digital producers from WaPo, The Hill and C-SPAN.

Three Execs Upped at CNN

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Jeff Zucker shared with the network today news of a new leadership structure for CNN Digital — arguably the fastest growing division of the global media organization.  It seems Andrew Morse — the feisty former Bloomberg exec who joined the network last summer — will add to his full plate GM responsibilities for CNN Digital, globally.  Morse already oversees all domestic newsgathering – including CNN Digital editorial, as well as programming out of the Washington bureau.  This move solidifies Morse’s spot at the top of the network totem pole.

Meredith Artley is also getting a big bump, moving from managing editor of CNN.com to Editor-in-chief of CNN Digital.  The promotion will make Artley the worldwide edit lead for CNN’s web, mobile and  social products and platforms.  Joining Artley and Morse at the top of the Digital org chart is Alex Wellen.  The former DC bureau producer has made great strides since making the long move to Atlanta. Currently a VP in the network’s digital shop and the brains behind CNNgo – the tricked out app that launched earlier this year, Wellen has been named Chief Product Officer – the network’s first.

CNN to Cease Broadcasting in Russia

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CNN will be off the air in Russia as of January 1.

According to the Russian News Agency “TASS,” no reasons behind the move were given, but the decision comes in the wake of an advertising ban on Russian cable and satellite TV stations.

“Turner International is assessing its distribution options for CNN in Russia in light of recent changes in Russian media legislation,” a Turner spokesperson says. “We are bringing our existing distribution relationships to an end while we do that. We hope to re-enter the market in due course, and will notify our partners of any update about resuming these services.”

CNN’s Moscow bureau remains unaffected.

 

Massive Win for FOX News Channel’s Election Night Coverage

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FOX News Channel dominated primetime election night coverage as the most watched network among its broadcast and cable competition, according to Nielsen Media Research. In the 10 pm hour, FNC averaged 6,607,000 total viewers, exceeding both CNN’s 1,936,000 and MSNBC’s 1,594,000 average total viewers combined by more than 3 million. FNC also beat out CBS, NBC, and ABC in total viewers during that hour, with the highest of the three – CBS – garnering 5,408,000 average total viewers.

In the A25-54 demo during the 10 pm hour, FNC was again on top with 1,825,000 viewers, more than combining the demo numbers of CNN and MSNBC. This year also marks FNC’s first time during election night coverage of besting CBS, NBC, and ABC ratings in the A25-54 demo.

See the full 10 pm and primetime numbers after the jump. Read more

Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff to Lead PBS NewsHour’s Election Night Coverage

7907972038_f67b6c9dd0_o_slideshow-300x200“PBS NewsHour’s” Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will co-host live programming starting at 6 pm on Tuesday, November 4 of the midterm elections. Updated editions of NewsHour will air at 7 pm and 9 pm and all programming will appear both in broadcast and online.

And later at 11 pm, Ifill and Woodruff will host a 30-minute special on the latest results from Senate, House and gubernatorial races throughout the country. Joining the NewsHour co-anchors throughout the evening will be weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan, columnist Mark Shields, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush Michael Gerson, Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter, Rothenberg Political Report’s Stu Rothenberg, NewsHour’s Domenico Montanaro, and recent hire Lisa Desjardins.

Online, in addition to live streamed coverage, “PBS NewsHour” will feature an interactive election center with live election results and a live blog reporting on key races throughout the country.

FBN’s Neil Cavuto to Host ‘Special Report: 2014 Midterm Elections’

CavutoFOX Business Network anchor and managing editor of business news Neil Cavuto will host “Special Report: 2014 Midterm Elections” at 8 pm on Tuesday, November 4 with a focus on how the results may affect the economy.

At 9 pm, Lou Dobbs will join Cavuto for the network’s coverage, to include analysis from Liz MacDonaldLisa “Kennedy” MontgomeryCharles PayneMelissa Francis, Sandra SmithJo Ling KentPeter BarnesRich Edson, and David Asman.

Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly to Co-Anchor FOX News Channel’s ‘America’s Election HQ’

BUG_BUMP_SUPER_TUESDAY_2Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will co-anchor “America’s Election HQ,” FOX News Channel’s November 4 midterm election night coverage starting at 6 pm. Bill Hemmer will operate the network’s electronic “Bill-board” with Martha MacCallum focused on exit poll data.

Also slated for camera time: senior political analyst Brit Hume, “FOX News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, White House correspondent Ed Henry, chief Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel, and contributors Bob Beckel, Stephen Hayes, Charles Krauthammer, Dana Perino, Kirsten Powers, Karl Rove, Joe Trippi, George Will, and Juan Williams. Read more

Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper to Anchor CNN’s ‘Election Night in America’

best_wb_ac_10.03.12-300x168Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will lead CNN’s coverage of the Tuesday, November 4 midterm elections, being billed as “Election Night in America.” Coverage will start at 5pm and Blitzer and Cooper will be joined by “The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper for analysis and chief national correspondent John King operating the “CNN Magic Wall.”

Also slated for air time: Gloria BorgerDavid GergenDana BashCandy CrowleyMichael Smerconish, Paul Begala, Jay Carney, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, Kevin Madden, and Ana Navarro.

In addition to televised and online coverage, New Yorkers can turn their attention to the Empire State Building where CNN has affixed a “vertical LED-illuminated ‘meter’” on the top of the building’s spire. As nationwide Senate results come in, red or blue lighting on the meter will indicate which political party has gained control of the Senate.

And at 9 pm on CNN en Español, the network will broadcast “Voto Latino 2014,” to be anchored by Juan Carlos LópezPatricia Janiot and Fernando del Rincón.

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