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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.

CNN Reports Hackers Sent Message to Sony: ‘You’ve Done the Right Thing’

InterviewCNN is reporting hackers sent emails to top executives at Sony Thursday night congratulating the company on its “very wise” decision to cancel the release of “The Interview.” Brian Stelter reports the emails included the message “you’ve done the right thing.”

The emails suggested information stolen during the hack could be released if Sony fails to ensure that the film is never seen:

The hacker message is effectively a victory lap, telling the studio, “Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy.”

The message also says, “And we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately.”

It warns the studio executives that “we still have your private and sensitive data” and claims that they will “ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble.”

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CNN’s Patrick Oppmann: ‘My Cuban Friends Reacted With Joy…Some Cried Tears’

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CNN correspondent Patrick Oppmann used to cover stories like the debut of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and Occupy Seattle. But his move from the Pacific Northwest to Havana gave him a truly one-of-a-kind beat–a bureau that dates to 1997, when CNN became the first U.S.-based news organization in nearly 30 years with a bureau in Cuba.

“I have lived in Cuba for the last three years as the only American TV correspondent based here,” Oppmann told TVNewser, not long after President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro announced plans to begin talks on normalizing relations. “Despite being 90 miles away from the U.S., it is like covering a country on the other side of the world.”

In November, Oppmann–along with CNN’s Ray Sanchez and Elise Labott–reported that it was not out of the question to think of a possible break in relations between Cuba and the U.S. “Senior administration officials and Cuba observers say reforms on the island and changing attitudes in the United States have created an opening for improved relations.”

That historic process begins now. And what a story to cover. “Many Cubans have had little exposure to Americans,” Oppmann said. “Most of what they read in the Cuban state press is negative and stuck in a Cold War time warp. Still Cubans have treated me, my wife and our two young children with incredible warmth. Today my Cuban friends reacted with joy at the idea of a normalized U.S.-Cuban relationship. Some cried tears. I can only hope – despite their years of struggle – a better future awaits them.” Read more

Flying Home From Cuba to the U.S., Alan Gross Got to Watch a Lot of CNN

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Flying home to the United States after five long years as a prisoner in Cuba, Alan Gross caught up with his wife, Judy. He also caught up on the news, and White House photos reveal his first exposure to American news after leaving Cuba was CNN–first “New Day,” and then later, “CNN Newsroom.”

16045383805_c6a487862f_zThe government jet that made the trip from Havana to Joint Base Andrews–complete with the presidential seal–appears to have had cable news on throughout the flight, but only CNN appears in photos. In the past, it’s been said that the president doesn’t watch cable news, and on one occasion he joked with voters in an Ohio bar about changing the TVs away from Fox.

In one White House photo, CNN’s Carol Costello is flat-out ignored by Gross as he spoke by phone with President Obama. So CNN was on, but there’s no guarantee anybody onboard the flight was actually watching.

CNN, ‘Frontline’ Among 2015 duPont Winners

4038v2239 (1)CNN and PBS’ “Frontline” were among the winners of 2015 duPont-Columbia awards, announced this morning by the Columbia University School of Journalism.

“Frontline” gets two duPonts: one for “United States of Secrets,” described by the judges as the “inside story of how the U.S. government collected vast quantities of Americans’ private information and then hid its actions”; the other for “Syria’s Second Front,” which was one of the first inside glimpses into ISIS through “a groundbreaking, harrowing account of the factions fighting there.”

CNN’s “Weed: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports” was honored for “parsing the science and politics of a divisive issue.”

The duPont judges noted that digital media is clearly impacting who tells stories, and how those stories are shared, with Netflix becoming the first streaming media service to win. Netflix’s feature documentary, “Virunga,” gets a duPont for being “a powerful immersive film that explores the conflict between global politics and environmentalism.”

Correspondent David Mattingly Leaving CNN

david_mattingly_cnn_h_2012CNN national correspondent David Mattingly has announced he is leaving the network at the end of the year. In a post on Facebook, Mattingly said he will be “walking out of the building a better journalist and better person than when I walked in.”

Mattingly, who has been with CNN since 1992–and, as he pointed out, traveled to 30 countries and all fifty states–said of his next step only that he will be leaving CNN “to try my hand at something new (more on that later).”

Read Mattingly’s message in full, after the jump. Read more

CNN’s #AskACop Trends, Pretty Much Exactly the Way You Could’ve Predicted

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Ahead of a “CNN Tonight” special, Cops Under Fire, the CNN show’s Twitter account asked followers to suggest questions they had about how police officers think and work: “what would you like to ask them? Send in your Q’s w #AskACop.” If your first thought is a joking–or harshly critical–response, it seems you are very much like most of the people on Twitter. “Pretty sure that #AskACop is not going exactly how CNN thought it was going to go,” said Twitter user Jim Avery.

The show bragged later–in a tweet re-tweeted by @CNN–that #AskACop was trending nationally. Well, yes. But that’s not always a good thing. Just ask the NYPD how #myNYPD worked out. Or you could check in with FSU and see how they’re feeling about the response they got with #AskJameis.
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The Scoreboard: Sunday, Dec. 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 122 | CNN: 113 | MSNBC: 86 | HLN: 101
  • Primetime: FNC: 122 | CNN: 154 | MSNBC: 96 | HLN: 75

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/HC:

60

Kurtz:

104

FNSunday:

126

Report:

128

Huckabee:

131

Kelly:

143

Stossel:

93

Huckabee:

49

Kelly:

70

CNN
Nwsroom:

85

Nwsroom:

62

Nwsroom:

91

Nwsroom:

141

Viral:

177

Dino:

118

Dino:

168

Dino:

99

Dino:

100

MSNBC
Caught:

65

Caught:

78

Caught:

121

Caught:

128

PotBarons:

104

PotBarons:

49

PotBarons:

136

Lockup:

132

Lockup:

150

HLN
Files:

51

Files:

41

Files:

60

Files:

142

Files:

95

GrowingAm.:

53

Files:

77

Files:

190

Files:

248

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CNN Looking to air ‘Political Jeopardy!’ … and Other News From Hacked Sony Emails

FrancoRogenRacially-charged emails regarding Barack Obama, criticism of mega-stars, including Angelina Jolie and Adam Sandler, and private financial documents have already been revealed as a result of the Sony Pictures hack. Now the drama is impacting the news media… and we’re not just talking about CNN possibly getting into game shows.

Academy and Emmy-award winning writer Aaron Sorkin went on the “Today” show this morning to discuss his New York Times op-ed criticizing the media for reporting on the leaks.

It’s ironic, because Sorkin’s op-ed will get anyone up-to-speed on all the leaked data, even if they’ve been living under a rock since the story broke. Now Gawker has taken it a step further, leaking the scene from “The Interview,” in which Kim Jong-un is assassinated. Gawker’s Heather Dietrick, says the less than :30 clip is “squarely protected by the First Amendment.”

Over on “Good Morning America” this morning Seth Rogen and James Franco talked about the controversial film. Both star in “The Interview.” Rogen is also co-director and has a story credit. They say the movie satirizes American culture and the news media just as much as it does North Korea’s leadership. Read more

Anderson Cooper, Robin Meade Profile ‘Extraordinary People’

peopleCNNCNN’s Anderson Cooper and HLN’s Robin Meade will take a look back at the inspiring stories of five notable people tomorrow night at 9 pm ET on CNN.

“Extraordinary People” will touch on the folks behind 2014′s most talked about events. The hour-long special will also feature Don Lemon and senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, who sit-down with the profiled.

Canada’s sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, veteran helicopter pilot Gary Dahlen, NBA player Kevin Durant and nursing student Fatu Kekula will be featured as part of the special report.

Check out a preview, after the jump… Read more

CNN Spokesman Rips MSNBC Via Twitter

CNN spokesman Matt Dornic took to Twitter this afternoon, to go after MSNBC’s new digital destination the shift. Dornic oversees the PR strategy for CNN Digital, which, earlier this month, announced it would be expanding its web series beyond covering politics.

“We’re flattered by the attention,” an MSNBC insider tells TVNewser. “Admittedly, we’re a little surprised by his defensiveness, but, hey, #shifthappens.”

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