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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.

My First Big Break: Keith Olbermann

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As a kid, Keith Olbermann would daydream of being a TV broadcaster. The only question was: sports or news? After nearly 40 years in the business, Olbermann has done both, with gigs at CNN, Fox Sports, MSNBC, twice, and ESPN, twice. As it turns out, the guy who gave Olbermann his “First Big Break” in TV would give him another break later on.

‘CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute’ Up Double Digits in Demo

CNNH“CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” delivered 509,000 total viewers and 158,000 in the key A25-54 demo Sunday night, coming in second to repeats of both “Huckabee” and “Hannity” on Fox News.

The show was up +36% in the key A25-54 demo vs. the 2013 “Heroes” telecast, but down -4% in viewers.

The star-studded affair featured Benedict CumberbatchJohn LeguizamoTaye DiggsChristina HendricksMorgan SpurlockQuestloveKelly Ripa and Kathy Griffin 

The 2014 CNN Hero of the Year is Pen Farthing, who founded a nonprofit company that reunites soldiers with stray dogs and cats they took in during combat. Farthing will be awarded $100,000 for his cause.

“CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” will be re-broadcast this Saturday at 8pmET.

HLN Extends Protest-Focused ‘Naked Justice’

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HLN executives were pleased with Monday night’s special report, “Naked Justice: A Matter of Trust”, and have decided to extend the show for at least another week. The show was created quickly as a response to protests that have spread across the country in the wake of the chokehold death of Eric Garner, and the rise of hashtags like #ICantBreathe.

The 7 p.m. ET hour, hosted by CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin and HLN legal analyst Joey Jackson, dealt with race, the justice system, and the role of social media. “The protests have been orchestrated and sustained through social media,” Hostin told TVNewser. “From my Twitter feed and Instagram accounts, it is so clear to me that social media has provided access to real time reactions and emotions from people at the heart of the stories and those it touches.”
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SVP Parisa Khosravi Leaving CNN Worldwide

Parisa KhosraviSenior Vice President for CNN Worldwide Parisa Khosravi has informed the network that she is retiring. TVNewser has obtained the following memo that CNN International executive vice president and managing director Tony Maddox sent to CNN staffers.

In an outstanding career that reaches across nearly three decades, Parisa has been a true eye witness to history. She has been at the heart of our coverage of all key world events since CNN recruited Parisa straight out of school, and she joined the company as a VJ. Her talent was quickly recognized and Parisa has played a key leadership role in CNN’s reporting of the stories that have shaped our world.

CNN does not have a more committed champion. Parisa has been devoted to the brand she has played a pivotal role in helping to build. From the day she started, Parisa has dealt with the folks who put everything on the line to get great stories. Those field teams are always in her thoughts, and no effort has ever been spared by her to keep them safe and well.

No one has played a greater role in the emergence and then dominance of CNN International Newsgathering than Parisa. She has so many friends and fans throughout the company.

We are deeply grateful to Parisa for her remarkable service and wish her the very best for the future.

Check out the email that Khosravi sent to her colleagues, after the jump…

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CNN’s Drew Griffin Talks About Tonight’s ‘Hired Guns’ Special Investigative Report

newHiredGuns_promoPart one of CNN’s special investigative report “Hired Guns” premiers tonight at 8 pm ET during Anderson Cooper 360. The two-part series will conclude tomorrow night, also during AC360. The special report is the result of a yearlong investigation by CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) that found armed security guards are often a threat to public safety due to a combination of lax laws, minimal oversight and a lack of accountability.

During tonight’s special, CNN’s Drew Griffin investigates the case of an armed guard with a history of alcohol abuse who is charged with murder in the shooting death outside a Miami nightclub.

“Amid all the discussion on the use of excessive force concerning our trained and sworn officers of the law, I think the average person will be stunned at the absolute lack of training that it takes to carry a gun as an armed guard in this country,” Griffin told TVNewser in an exclusive interview. ”In one state you can simply become an armed guard by putting on a uniform, buying a badge and a gun and calling yourself one”  Read more

Janelle Rodriguez Bolts CNN for NBC News

janelle rodriguez cnnJanelle Rodriguez, who has been been VP of Programming at CNN for the last three years, is joining NBC News as SVP of Editorial, reporting to NBC News president Deborah Turness.

Rodriguez will coordinate enterprise and original storytelling and breaking news coverage. She will oversee the Investigations and Medical units as well as the Booking team and lead the division-wide editorial planning meetings.

“In this role her job is to focus on one thing – journalism – and to bring together the great talent, assets and experience at NBC News to better serve the entire organization,” writes Turness in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

Early next year, NBC News will unveil an integrated digital and broadcast newsgathering Hub. Rodriguez, who joins next month, will play a central role at the Hub.

“To know Janelle is to see her deep passion for news, and her keen ability to find the sharpest angle in every story,” writes Turness. “It’s that sensibility, along with her experience bringing together various platforms to best tell those stories, that will position her for success here.”

Turness says she’s been searching for the right candidate for six months. The news division is still looking to hire an SVP of the “Today” show following the disastrous hiring/dismissal of Jamie Horowitz last month.

Megyn Kelly Welcomes Piers Morgan: ‘Thanks For Being Such a Gracious Loser’

KellyMorganWhen Fox News announced Megyn Kelly would take the 9 p.m. hour, launching “The Kelly File,” CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” host Piers Morgan welcomed his new timeslot competitor with a challenging tweet: “Bring it on, @megynkelly”. Monday night, now former CNN host Morgan appeared on Kelly’s show, and conceded defeat. “The mere fact that I’m now a guest on your show indicates that you ‘brought it’,” he said.

There was a handshake, and then, the moment. Kelly, who had said earlier that she was too polite to bring up Morgan’s cancellation at CNN, said “thank you very much for being such a gracious loser.”

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‘Dave and Lois’: Cable’s First Anchors Look Back at CNN’s First Newscast

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Back in 1980, Dave Walker and Lois Hart didn’t know exactly what CNN would become, but they were there–not just on day one, but newscast number one. They sat side by side, co-anchors of CNN’s very first newscast. “We were both very nervous, and I’m told that we looked very calm, so that’s good,” said Hart in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek.

The husband-and-wife team–”Dave and Lois”–had anchored together at a station in Sacramento, and took a leap on CNN, even though the idea of 24-hour cable news was untested and risky. “Ted Turner had a reputation as a maverick, and so that was exciting,” Walker told Bloomberg Businessweek. It was an adventure, and we were young and we don’t have kids, and it seemed like something that would be interesting, a lark, perhaps.”

CNN has survived, and evolved. Wagner and Hart left the network and later helped launch CNBC. But CNN–that adventure, that lark–clearly remains special to them. “I think I closed the newscast by saying it would go forever, and I hope that’s true,” said Hart.

CNN’s Don Lemon Speaks With Six Bill Cosby Accusers Tonight

The CNN special “The Cosby Show: A Legend Under Fire” airs tonight at 9 pm ET. Don Lemon, who recently made headlines when interviewing a Cosby accuser, will host the program that explores the controversy surrounding comedian Bill Cosby.

Alisyn Camerota and Lemon talk to five of Bill Cosby’s accusers, who essentially say they want Cosby to suffer for what he allegedly put them through. Lemon will also speak with Janice Dickinson, who has also accused Cosby of sexual assault.

Is Al Sharpton Having a Show on MSNBC the Same as Jesse Jackson’s Show on CNN?

SharptonObamaOn “Reliable Sources” Sunday Brian Stelter and his guests debated the many hats worn by Al Sharpton: preacher, news host, fundraiser, media consultant.

“He wants to pick and choose issues that can keep himself relevant,” Sharpton critic Minister Jonathan Gentry told Stelter. “This man wants to come in and perpetuate hate. When he comes into the equation he makes it about race.”

As for how his activism plays into his MSNBC show, Sharpton tells Stelter it’s no different than when the Rev. Jesse Jackson had a show on CNN in the 1990s. “I wear the same hats he wore,” Sharpton says. A major difference, however, is that Sharpton’s show is on five nights a week. Jackson’s show “Both Sides” was on once a week, on Saturdays.

“I think for the first time it’s probably gotten a little bit sticky,” NY1 anchor Erroll Lewis says of Sharpton’s many hats. “When you see him interviewing somebody who he’s also representing and then he goes to the Justice Department or to the White House, you have to wonder, who in all of this is he really speaking to and for?”

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