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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.

@CNNbrk Cracks 20 Million Followers

CNNBrkRemember back in Apirl of 2009, when Ashton Kutcher and CNN were in a heated race to see who could reach 1,000,000 Twitter followers first?

At 2:13am on April 17, 2009 Kutcher hit that mark. @CNNbrk, the breaking news account of CNN, hit 1,000,000 more than 6 hours later, at 8:55am.

Three years and 9 months later @CNNbrk to hit 10,000,000 followers, hitting that milestone on January 15, 2013.

And now, one year and nine months after that, @CNNbrk has hit 20,000,000 followers.

“This is rare territory,” says CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. “No other news organization comes close. The only other brands of any type with more followers are YouTube and Twitter itself.” And, for what it’s worth, @CNNbrk has flown past Kutcher, who now has 16.5 million followers. Katy Perry still leads the Twitterverse with 58.7 million.

With 14.5 followers, @CNN is not far behind @CNNbrk. In fact, CNN’s main feed is the second-most followed news account on Twitter.

CNN’s Jake Tapper Unites Democrats and Republicans in Praise of Tough, Fair Debate

AP GOVERNOR-FLORIDA-DEBATE A ELN USA FLMaybe we should just have CNN’s Jake Tapper moderate all the debates from now on. Tonight, Tapper showed how a strong moderator can peel political candidates away from their pre-planned quips and comfortably boring talking points. Viewers got to see, well, a real debate. “We asked questions that had not been asked, and tried to knock them off their talking points,” Tapper told TVNewser shortly after the debate ended. “We wanted this, as much as possible, to be a conversation.”

It was a real conversation between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist, and like conversations between two people who clearly do not like each other, it wasn’t always comfortable to watch. But it was fascinating, and it never felt scripted. Part of the credit for that goes directly to Tapper and his producers, who decided the format would be flexible–less about timing, and more about talking. At times, Tapper sat back, ignored the clock, and let the candidates dig in to each other’s answers. At other times, Tapper interrupted, cutting off talking points in mid-sentence with a friendly but firm “thank you.”

B0gSKMeIEAMDkXGA deftly moderated debate like CNN’s can be risky for candidates, but it was wonderful for viewers and voters. To make it happen, Tapper tells TVNewser he and the debate producers (pictured, left) worked for weeks on debate prep. “We went over and over the questions.” Tapper says it was essential that the candidates understood “you’re not going to get to filibuster, but then also, we’re going to try to get them to answer questions.” As in, you know, actually answering the questions.

To make that happen, Tapper consulted with Florida political reporters, asking for suggestions on issues that needed clarification late in the campaign–but also, asking the Florida press corp for some insight into exactly how the two candidates change the topic. “How has this candidate avoided this question in the past?”
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Kate Bolduan Stops by CNN With Baby Cecelia

CNN “New Day” co-anchor Kate Bolduan has been out on maternity leave, but stopped by the set this morning to talk about her past, while also sharing a bit of her future too. Bolduan was accompanied by her new baby Cecelia, who seemed content in her TV debut.

“I’ve totally changed, I’m a little puddle of love,” Bolduan said when asked about motherhood. “New Day” also aired Bolduan’s “Roots” feature, part of a series of reports into the backgrounds of CNN anchors.

“Roots: Our Journeys Home,” hosted by Anderson Cooper and Michaela Pereira, is a compilation of the stories airing tomorrow night at 9pmET.

In other morning show baby news, “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie will return from maternity leave on November 3.

The Revolving Door: Frucci, Moody, Auriemma

  • “New Day” executive producer Matt Frucci is leaving CNN as part of the 300-person workforce reduction. Frucci, who previously worked for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” has been with “New Day” since its launch in April, 2013.

  • FishbowlNY reports Adam Auriemma is heading for Miami to join Fusion as deputy editor. Auriemma joins from the Wall Street Journal where he was a deputy bureau chief in New York.

Greta Van Susteren Slams Stelter’s Comments on Layoffs: ‘Are You Kidding? That’s Cold’

greta-300x168 copyOn Sunday, CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter described last week’s layoffs at the network as “painful,” but part of a media industry trend he called “reshaping.” Fox News Channel host Greta Van Susteren saw TVNewser’s story on Stelter and called his commentary “cold”:

This is pretty cold to call what happened to so many hard working people – who lost their jobs – “reshaping.” The truth: failed management. Those who got laid off were doing their jobs — you can’t say that for those who manage the place. If they did their jobs, there would not be so much heartache and worry for so many.

What is also cold is the way this is done. Management doesn’t manage effectively…leading to layoffs…or, code, ‘reshaping’ and then it doesn’t even have the guts to do it themselves. They have HR do it….and even worse, the reshapen employee is escorted out of the building. Go figure, right?

By the way, how does Jeff Zucker keep his job?

Stelter responded to Van Susteren’s comments on Twitter:
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CNN’s Brian Stelter Addresses Network’s Layoffs: ‘Better Word…Is Reshaping’

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CNN’s Brian Stelter took a moment at the end of Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” to address the network’s recent round of layoffs–150 jobs cut, and several of the network’s programs canceled.”This week was a very painful week here,” Stelter said. “There were about 150 layoffs, spread across CNN and our sister channel HLN and”

Stelter noted that CNN’s hardly alone among media companies cutting jobs in one part of the business, while investing–and hiring–in other areas, notably digital:

It is unfortunately happening all over the place. Conde Nast, the publisher of Vogue and Wired, is laying off 70 to 80 people this fall. My former employer the New York Times is cutting 100 from the newsroom.

And yet they, like CNN, have been hiring people, too, lots of people, mainly for online jobs. That’s for new apps, for new web sites, for new ventures.

Now, there is some overall shrinking going on. But the better word for what’s happening in media today is “reshaping.” Through layoffs, through cuts, through new investments, “reshaping” for the digital future that really feels more like the digital present. It’s already here.

Watch it in full, after the jump.
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CNN Withdraws Support of NABJ

cnn-logonabj logoNABJ president Bob Butler told the board of the black journalists’ association Friday that CNN has withdrawn its support for NABJ’s 2015 Convention & Career Fair.

The news comes after Butler publicly expressed his concern, including an interview with TVNewser, over CNN’s hiring and employee retention practices of black journalists. CNN underwent a workforce reduction last week that saw the elimination of 300 positions. One of the highest profile mangers at CNN, New York Bureau Chief/VP and NABJ member Darius Walker, was among those cut.

“I understand the company has a right to make personnel decisions,” Butler says. “There were not that many African American managers at CNN in the first place. These layoffs have hurt our members tremendously. I am severely disappointed that CNN has ended our partnership.”

Network sponsorships are a major source of funding for journalism organizations like NABJ. The loss of CNN’s financial support will likely cost the group upwards of $10,000 and will mean CNN will not be representing at the the group’s career fair in Minneapolis next August.

Conan Mocks CNN’s ‘Over The Top’ Ebola Coverage

What’s that you say, Conan O’Brien? You think cable news coverage of the Ebola outbreak has been “over the top” and even “insane”? The ginger-haired host took a well-produced shot at corporate cousin CNN’s breathless coverage following an incident that interrupted the monologue.

Gannett Editorial Accuses Cable News of Catching ‘Ebola Bug’ and ‘Transmitting Fear’

Cole-Ebola-ISIS-2-690-e1413163765212An unsigned editorial in the Asbury Park (New Jersey) Press–and carried in Gannett newspapers across the country–blasts Fox News, CNN and MSNBC of “ramping up the fear” over Ebola “in order to carve out higher ratings.”

The editorial accuses the networks of “manufacturing a bogeyman” in Ebola, and ignoring a far more real threat to Americans–flu:

When are CNN, MSNBC and FOX going to mount their round-the-clock coverage of the plague of influenza stalking our nation and particularly our senior citizens? Don’t hold your breath.

In the race for ratings and market share, the exotic, foreign killer will nearly always beat out the mundane. And speaking of exotic foreign killers, when the cable news networks take their eyes off the Ebola ball for a moment, it’s only to pick up the ISIS ball and tell us of the imminent threat of those barbarians at America’s gate.

It turns out that fear-mongering translates not only into dollars and cents for news-gathering organizations, but also allows talking heads to politicize the issue. That’s certainly true with ISIS as criticism mounts about just how badly the administration misjudged its threat.

KC Estenson Leaving CNN

estenson.kc.2013KC Estenson, SVP and GM of CNN Digital, is leaving the company as the network finalizes a workforce reduction of 300 employees.

Atlanta-based Estenson joined CNN in 2008 overseeing all aspects of CNN Digital’s business. More recently he was running the business side as editorial was re-assigned to New York-based CNN SVP Andrew Morse.

Estenson joined CNN from the Walt Disney Company where he oversaw the digital media businesses across the portfolio. Estenson, insiders tell TVNewser, is on vacation this week and was planning to announce his departure when he returned.

The news was first reported by Mashable.