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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.

Q3 2014 Ratings: CNN #2 in Primetime, Total Day

CNN rose to #2 in primetime in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo in Q3 2014, edging out MSNBC by a razor-thin 1,000 total viewers in primetime. For the second quarter in a row, CNN was second in in total day viewers, also rising to No. 2 in the total day demo.

The ratings for Q3, 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 553K Total Viewers / 185K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 447K Total Viewers / 134K A25-54

Compared to Q3 2013, CNN was up +6% in viewers and flat in the demo for total day. In primetime, the net was up +2% in viewers and down -3% in the demo. “Anderson Cooper 360” led the way for CNN’s daily programs, up +6% in total viewers and up +9% in the demo. At 9pmET, which featured both an extended hour of “AC360″ and original programming, CNN is up +3% in viewers and up +21% in the demo year-over-year. Last year, “Piers Morgan Live” ran in the timeslot.

CNN’s original series, “The Sixties,” which ended its weekly Thursday run during the quarter, was the network’s highest-rated program in total viewers, drawing 650,000 viewers. Several daytime programs were down double digits in the A25-54 demo: “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield” (down -20%), “Wolf” (down -17%), and “CNN Newsroom” (2pmET and 3pmET; down -16%, -13%, respectively).

CNN is claiming back-to-back quarterly wins over MSNBC (second to Fox News) in primetime demo viewers. They are using a blend of Nielsen data, which is explained in their press release after the jump.

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CNNgo Launches: ‘There is Nothing Else Quite Like this in the Marketplace Today’

CNNx is now CNNgo.

The digital product, which gives viewers access to live TV, 24 hours of shows, on-demand access to original programs, and more, launched yesterday and is free, without cable authentication, for the next 10 days.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker calls CNNgo “a result of the true spirit of innovation and change that drove Ted Turner to create [CNN] nearly 35 years ago.”

CNNgo is available on desktop or iPad and will soon be made available on TV through cable and satellite set-top boxes.

“The vision, the technology, the programming, the product – all of it was developed in-house through the tireless efforts of our colleagues across the company,” writes Zucker in a note to staff. “We should be very proud of what we accomplished together.”

The roll-out of CNNgo also includes a creative marketing campaign, including this spot:

CBS Speaks With ISIS Enemies; CNN With ISIS Member/Defector

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Timely interviews in Turkey and Syria as the U.S. continues airstrikes against ISIS.

Over the weekend, CBS’ Holly Williams and her crew met danger in Syria. While meeting with a small army fighting ISIS, the CBS crew came under fire, taking cover in a village with mud-covered huts. The army, led by a man, has 40 soldiers; 10 of them are women, including teenagers. “There’s no difference between the men and the women,” the army’s commander told Williams. “Some of the women are better fighters than I am.”

And in Turkey last week, CNN’s Arwa Damon spoke with Abu Omar, a former ISIS member who defected following U.S. airstrikes. Omar said ISIS depends heavily on foreign fighters, particularly from France. Damon also spoke with ISIS fighter Abu Tahla via Skype. A male besides Damon asked the questions— Tahla wouldn’t speak with a woman. “We’ve been ready for this for some time,” he said. “We know that our bases are known because they’re tracking us with radars and satellites, so we had backup locations. They [the U.S.] thought they knew everything. But thank God, they don’t know anything. And God willing, we will defeat the infidels.”


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Brian Stelter: Fareed Zakaria’s Program Made ‘Some Attribution Mistakes’

StelterThis morning on “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter gave his take on the plagiarism allegations against colleague Fareed Zakaria.

“My reporting leads me to believe that Zakaria’s program made some attribution mistakes, a small number, to be fair,” Stelter said. “They are the kind of mistakes that other journalists can learn from, and viewers too.”

Stelter went on to suggest the closer you look at the 26 plagiarism charges OurBad Media leveled against Zakaria’s “GPS” program, the “less it looks like capital P plagiarism.”  ”But when you zoom out, there’s a perception problem,” Stelter continued, noting examples of “GPS” lifting sentences from an appeals court ruling without attribution and taking raw materials from The Economist and New York Times and rewording them minimally.

Stelter told his audience he wishes he could get Zakaria’s side of things, but he declined to be interviewed. He did provide a statement from CNN.

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‘Wolf’ Joins CNN International Lineup

WolfLogoCNN International will begin simulcasting the 1pmET CNN/U.S. hour anchored by Wolf Blitzer. Airing at 6pm in London, 7pm in Paris and Berlin, “Wolf” will begin European primetime.

“Wolf is passionate about stories of global importance and relevance, so we think it’s a good fit for CNNI,” writes CNNI chief Tony Maddox in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser, and first reported by CNNCommentary.

Other upcoming changes include Robyn Curnow taking over anchor duties of the 10amET and 12:30pmET International Desk. Curnow recently relocated from Johannesburg to Atlanta. And starting Sunday, Oct. 19 at 6pmET, Michael Holmes and Amara Walker begin anchoring a new morning show, “CNN Today” for the Asia-Pacific audience. The show will originate from CNN HQ in Atlanta. “CNN Today will set the agenda for the day’s most important news, business and sport stories,” Maddox writes.

Earlier this year CNN Hong Kong underwent staffing reductions, while CNNI added new positions in Atlanta.

CNN Airs Live Firefight Between ISIS Militants and Kurdish Fighters

ISISCNNAround 11:24amET, CNN began carrying live images from the Syria-Turkey border showing what’s believed to be ISIS militants in a firefight with Kurdish fighters.

“These fighters have been on that ridge line for the better part of the afternoon, trading small arms fire with their Kurdish opponents on an opposing ridge line,” said correspondent Phil Black on the Turkish side of the border. “It appears they have been driven back slightly,” Black said of the ISIS fighters.

“They’ve just taken casualties at the top of that hill,” said Black, “that information from CNN photojournalist Claudia Otto, operating the camera.”

At one point you could hear cheering from Black’s camera location, which is made up of onlookers, mostly Turkish kurds and Syrian refugees.

CNN continues with the live images as of this writing…

Kate Bolduan Welcomes Baby Cecelia Eve

KateBabyCNN “New Day” anchor Kate Bolduan and her husband Michael Gershenson welcomed baby Cecelia Eve Gershenson Thursday. Cecelia came into the world at 10:39am, weighing 6 lbs.

Bolduan says: “While small, she’s mighty scrappy, she has a set of lungs that rival her mother’s and the world just got a whole lot sweeter.”

Bolduan’s “New Day” team threw her a baby shower last Thursday. Baby Cecelia is the third newborn to a morning news anchor in the last six weeks. “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie gave birth to a baby girl Aug. 14 and Fox News anchor Jenna Lee gave birth to a baby boy Sept. 3.

Journalists Under Close Watch at Clinton Global Initiative

Clinton GlobalThe New York Times’ Amy Chozick reports journalists haven’t been given much breathing room at this week’s Clinton Global Initiative event in New York City. Chozick, who is on the Hillary beat, was even escorted when nature called.

But, for me, perhaps the person who stands out is the friendly 20-something press aide who the Clinton Global Initiative tasked with escorting me to the restroom. She waited outside the stall in the ladies’ room at the Sheraton Hotel, where the conference is held each year.

An escort is required wherever we go, lest one of us with our yellow press badges wind up somewhere where attendants with an esteemed blue badge are milling around. When asked about the practice, Craig Minassian, a spokesman for the initiative, directed me to a press release about American Standard’s Flush for Good campaign to improve sanitation for three million people in the developing world. “Since you are so interested in bathrooms and C.G.I,” Mr. Minassian said.

Erin Burnett was among the tvnewsers to interview former Pres. Clinton at CGI this week. Last night, Burnett moderated a special CNN town hall with the 42nd president. Topics ranged from U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria, to the Ray Rice domestic violence suspension.


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In Atlanta Town Hall, Zucker Pushes Back that NYC is Becoming CNN’s ‘Creative Nucleus’

jeff-zucker-cnn-embedCNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker held another of his town hall meetings Wednesday, this time with employees at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta.

An insider tells us Zucker laid out the top strategic priorities for CNN, the highest being covering breaking news. Developing and acquiring CNN original series programming and the growth of digital are the other two top priorities.

Zucker said he hopes the Turner 2020 plan will be resolved in the next 4-6 weeks, saying there will be layoffs, but where the cuts will come from is still being determined.

Zucker pushed back when someone pointed out that CNN’s New York operations seem to be becoming the “creative nucleus” of the company. Zucker said while two CNN anchors — Brooke Baldwin and Carol Costello – were moved two New York over the summer, their shows are still produced in Atlanta. He also pointed out that CNN en Espanol, CNN International and HLN are all based in Atlanta.

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‘Fox & Friends’ Is Most-Watched Hour in the Demo Friday

FandF919The 8amET hour of “Fox & Friends” was the most watched hour of any cable news show on Friday in the A25-54 demo. Averaging 367,000 viewers, the hour topped only the 7amET hour which averaged 364,000 viewers. As usual “The O’Reilly Factor” was the most watched among total viewers for the day, with 2.287 million.

Over on CNN, a daytime hour was also the most-watched on that network: the 5pmET edition of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” drew 558,000 viewers, more than any other hour on CNN Friday. That hour was the second most-watched, after Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown at 9pmET.