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CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company. The 24-hour cable news channel was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner. CNN broadcasts from its headquarters at the CNN Center in Atlanta, the Time Warner Center in New York City, and studios in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. CNN is available in 98 million U.S. households, and more than 271 million worldwide. Jeff Zucker is the president of CNN Worldwide.

Jon Stewart Tasks His Audience With Programming CNN

Last night, Jon Stewart gave an update on his Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN. He also implored his audience to give their ideas for revamping the network.

After airing a montage of ideas “The Daily Show” has provided CNN over the years, Stewart turned to his audience. “We feel qualified to take this on, but we’re doing it with your money,” he said, urging his audience to go to the “Let’s Buy CNN” website to provide their own ideas for slogans and programming.

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July 2014 Ratings: CNN #2 in Total Day, Primetime Demo

Fueled by a busy news month, CNN was the #2 cable news network in total day, behind only Fox News, in July. In primetime, CNN was third in total viewers and second in the A25-54 demographic.

The ratings for July 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 514,000 Total Viewers / 164,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 402,000 Total Viewers / 124,000 A25-54

Despite posting a strong month within the cable news landscape, CNN was down across the board compared to the same month last year:  the network is down -23% in total viewers and -32% in A25-54 viewers in total day and -24% and -35%, respectively, in primetime.

Every hour of CNN programming from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. is down year-over-year. In primetime, “Anderson Cooper 360″ was down -14% in total viewers and -26% in A25-54 viewers, while “CNN Tonight” was down -29% and -37%, respectively, compared to July 2013. Cooper was #2 in the 8pmET timeslot in both total viewers and the demo.

Several CNN programs were #2 in their respective timeslots for the month, including the 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. hours of “CNN Newsroom,” “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield,” “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” “Smerconish,” “Inside Politics with John King,” “State of the Union with Candy Crowley” and “Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter.”

The network continues to see success with its original series: “The Hunt with John Walsh,” which debuted this month, has averaged 917,000 total viewers and 298,000 A25-54 viewers for its first three episodes, making it the top-rated show in its timeslot in both ratings measurements. “The Sixties,” which is seven episodes into its 10-episode run, is averaging 1,073,000 total viewers and 291,000 A25-54 viewers, ranking #2 among cable news in its timeslot.

CNN’s release, after the jump. Read more

CNN’s Karl Penhaul Ducks for Cover as Blasts Go Off During Gaza Live Shots

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Close calls for CNN’s Karl Penhaul in the last 24 hours as missile strikes struck close to his Gaza live shots.

This morning, five seconds into his “Early Start” live shot, a blast went off, causing Penhaul to duck and move off camera. He continued to report off camera, reporting the blast was caused by a missile that struck a building about 200 yards away. Last night on “Anderson Cooper 360,” Penhaul ducked another blast, jumping up seconds later to continue reporting about the missile strikes happening around him. Cooper reported the missile hit the Gaza Ministry of Finance.

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Suspect Killed in NYC Shootout Was Featured on John Walsh’s CNN Show

MozdirWalshA wild shootout in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village this afternoon left a child sex assault suspect dead and two law enforcement officers injured. The man authorities were looking to take into custody was Charles Mozdir. He was featured on John Walsh‘s new CNN show “The Hunt” just last Sunday.

“It’s a very, very shocking ending,” Walsh said to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin by phone this afternoon, “But it shows how much the public cares and how much they can help.”

Mozdir was wanted in California for abusing a 7-year-old boy. “He was on the run for almost two years,” Walsh says. “And this family was destroyed, terrified that he would come back and hurt them. They had the courage to come forward and file charges against him and now they don’t have to worry if this guy is coming back.”

Walsh explained that following the original airing of “The Hunt” on Sunday, July 20, tips started to come in that Mozdir was in New York City.

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Erin Burnett Fact-Checks Israeli Official’s Allegations that CNN Coverage is Biased

DermerCNNOn her show last night, Erin Burnett followed up on a segment from Thursday’s “OutFront,” where Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer called out CNN for biased coverage of the war in Gaza. Burnett invited Dermer to come for Friday’s show to, in part to disprove some of his assertions, but he couldn’t come on. So Burnett fact-checked his comments.

At one point, Dermer says, ”I’ve been listening to two hours of reports on CNN. I have seen split screens, horrible pictures that any decent human being would be horrified by. I think that that does a disservice to your viewers to not give them the context they need to make these judgments.”

Burnett then played a clip from part of that prior two hours during which Wolf Blitzer did report on how the U.N. demanded that Hamas stop endangering civilians “by placing weapons in U.N. schools.”

The fact-checking continued…

Who Makes Fareed Zakaria Nervous?

He hosts his own CNN show, but it was an interview with Jon Stewart that gave Fareed Zakaria jitters.

“I’m a little nervous because I realize I might be speaking to my future boss,” Zakaria jokingly said to Stewart at the beginning of an interview Thursday night. He was referring to Stewart’s “Let’s Buy CNN” campaign. “I hope that you end up getting CNN. I think it would be a fascinating challenge for you,” he continued.  And how would Stewart fill the remaining airtime left after “The Daily Show’s” two hours per week. “I’ll just let Wolf Blitzer fill in.”

Joan Rivers Isn’t Done Being Angry at CNN

Earlier this month, a CNN interview angered her so much, she stormed off set before its conclusion. And yesterday, comedian Joan Rivers had another bone to pick with the network.

In a TMZ video, Rivers rants from outside LAX airport about Hamas. “If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out. I am so bored!” After defending Israel’s right to defend themselves, Rivers took aim at media coverage, including CNN.  “BBC should be ashamed of itself, and CNN should be ashamed of itself, and everybody stop it already!”

Reporting on a Unique Tragedy, Chris Cuomo Motivated by ‘Sense of Purpose’

chis cuomo ukraineFor CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, covering Malaysia Airlines flight 17 — a passenger jet shot down by a surface-to-air missile in a conflict zone near the Ukraine/Russia border — was a unique experience in his seasoned journalism career.

“We’ve covered different types of conflict and war and we’ve covered disasters like this, plane crashes, but never together. I know they’ve happened before, [but] in recent history, we just haven’t had to deal with anything like this. And I think the compounding effect of the humanity takes you by surprise because you have to deal with so many different things at once,” he tells TVNewser.

In addition to the logistical challenges of reporting from the unstable region, an active conflict zone controlled by militants who can be hostile to Americans, Cuomo says one of the most difficult tasks of his time in eastern Ukraine was fighting the instinct to “go out there and just cover [the bodies] and try to protect them, because it was clear that nobody was going to do it.”

“The first thing I did when I got there, and I saw what was going on: I said a prayer for the dead. And it’s not because I’m particularly religious, because I’m not,” Cuomo says. Read more

Alisyn Camerota Fills in on ‘New Day’

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Alisyn Camerota pulled up an anchor chair on CNN’s “New Day” this morning. “Kate’s on assignment, we welcome Alisyn Camerota,” said Chris Cuomo who is just back from covering the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in Ukraine.

The show led off with Wolf Blitzer in Tel Aviv, who also gave a shout-out to Camerota. “Good to have you on our team,” Blitzer said. Camerota joined CNN two weeks ago, after 16 years with Fox News.

Would Michael Bloomberg Buy CNN?

cavutobloombergFollowing his fiery interview on CNN, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was interviewed by Neil Cavuto on his Fox News show. In this interview, CNN came up as a topic of discussion. As 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch looks to acquire Time Warner, in which case CNN would have to be spun off, Cavuto asked the finance and media mogul if he’d be interested in buying CNN.

“I can’t think of why we would be interested in buying CNN. We’ve got a business, we’ve got to reinvest in our business and work very hard. I just did an interview in the same building with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. A lot of people like CNN, a lot of people watch it. Ted Turner had a great concept when he started it.”

“You never say never, but in this case I can say probably never.”

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