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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.

Another CNN Original Departs

AndyParsonsAnother CNN original is leaving the network, as the company finalizes an 8% workforce reduction, or about 300 positions. Andy Parsons, currently director of technical projects, has been with the network since before it went on the air in 1980.

Parsons, based in Atlanta, accepted the company’s buyout package. His last day is Dec 19. After Parsons’ departure, there will be four original CNN employees left on staff.

CNN Heroes Airs Tonight

24079_012_1072_sv“CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” airs tonight at 8pmET. The event, now in its eighth year, happened two weeks ago, and was recorded for broadcast tonight. During the first few years, CNN Heroes aired live, and, while a noble cause, was not a ratings hit. As we wrote in Dec., 2007 about the first CNN Heroes, which aired on a Thursday night:

The almost three-hour broadcast rated poorly in both the A25-54 demo and total viewers. The event caused CNN to slide significantly into third place behind MSNBC during primetime in both categories. The show itself placed fourth in the A25-54 demo at 9pmET behind a Deal or No Deal repeat on CNBC.

But by 2011, “CNN Heroes” had finished first in the demo in its original Sunday night airing. This year’s event includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Nick Jonas, Kelly Ripa, Taye Diggs, Quvenzhané Wallis, and John Leguizamo, celebrating 10 Heroes and honoring the “CNN Hero of the Year.”

CNN’s Martin Savidge Choked, Several Times, for Chokehold Story

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CNN correspondent Martin Savidge may be sounding a bit more raspy than usual after being choked–repeatedly–for a story on police chokeholds that aired on “AC360″.

With a lawyer’s arm around his neck, Savidge said “it’s very difficult to talk, or get a strong breath.”

It wasn’t comfortable to watch either, and was reminiscent of former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez‘ oft-mocked experience as a taser subject.

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Candy Crowley Leaving CNN

candy_crowley_defends_her_debate_moderation_october_17_2012Candy Crowley, a 27-year CNN veteran, is leaving the network. TVNewser just obtained an email about the departure from CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. “[I]t is with mixed emotions, that I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career,” Zucker writes.

Crowley joined CNN in 1987, covering politics and politicians. She’s covered the presidential campaigns of the last five presidents, and many candidates who wanted to be president: Pat Buchanan, Hillary Clinton, Bob Dole, and Jesse Jackson among them.

In 2012 she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years.

For the last four years she has anchored “State of the Union,” which is CNN’s Sunday public affairs program.

Says Crowley: “My mixed emotions are these:  I am leaving colleagues and viewers who over many years have become dear friends and faithful fans …but I have for sometime wanted to try something new in someplace new.  I have several weeks for good-byes, which are sad, but I am eager and excited to begin what comes next.  More later. ”

“There will be more time in the weeks ahead for all of you who have been lucky enough to work with Candy to share your own thanks for all she has done,” Zucker writes. “But for now, on behalf of everyone at CNN, I want to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation.”

Zucker’s note to staff after the jump…

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CNN’s Dana Bash Is a Serious Fan of Donny and Marie: ‘I’m Not Afraid to Admit It’


CNN congressional correspondent Dana Bash, who you might imagine relaxes by reading the Congressional Quarterly, has a far, far more geeky was of kicking back–she’s a massive fan of Donny and Marie Osmond. Yep.

The story was first reported by New York Times chief Washington correspondent Carl Hulse, who described standing next to Bash outside the Senate on Tuesday when “she got the news that she had scored backstage passes to that night’s Donny and Marie show at the National Theater. You would have thought the Beatles were back.”

Hulse obtained the above photographs of Bash as an eight-year-old girl with her brother, Donny and Marie, and then again this week. “I’ve interviewed presidents and other politicians and have met my fair share of celebs, but seeing Donny and Marie again as an adult was a natural high,” Bash told TVNewser. “They hold a special place in my heart. I’m not afraid to admit it. I own it. Their talent is unmatched.”

November 2014 Ratings: CNN Shows Most Growth in Cable News

Spurred on by coverage from Ferguson, MO and, to a lesser extent, the midterm elections, CNN was the No. 2 cable news network in November. CNN showed the most growth of the cable news networks: up +34% in total day viewers and up +55% in the demo compared to November 2013.

The ratings for November 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 653K Total Viewers / 263K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 449K Total Viewers / 155K A25-54

This is the fifth consecutive month that CNN finished ahead of MSNBC in total day vieweing. CNN also posted its highest primetime demo in more than 18 months and, after “The Kelly File” and “O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, had the third-most watched show on cable news with “CNN Tonight.”

Other highlights include “New Day” beating MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in both total viewers and the demo and CNN’s program rotation at 9pmET beat MSNBC’s No. 1 program “The Rachel Maddow Show” in the A25-54 demo.

See the full CNN press release, after the jump…

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Exclusive: CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh on His ‘Complicated and Dangerous’ Entry into Syria

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For CNN’s senior international correspondent Nick Paton Walsh, the most striking sight in the Syrian city of Kobani wasn’t the ruins–most of the city reduced to rubble by months of ISIS shelling–but rather, a small group of children. “Our producer Raja Razek and cameraman Scott McWhinnie filmed as they asked them where they hid from the bombs,” Paton Walsh told us. “They ran into a room and dived onto some cushions – both playful and helpless at the same time, in the face of ISIS homemade mortars crafted from gas canisters and lobbed indiscriminately into civilian areas.”

Being on the ground–and seeing those kids, their families, and the fighters defending their city–is why Paton Walsh worked for months to develop a plan to cross the border into Syria. Those plans began to come together over the last few weeks, and Kurdish fighters ultimately played a key role. ”They did their utmost to ensure our safe entry and exit, for which we are truly grateful after months of assessing how we might get in,” Paton Walsh told TVNewser in his first interview since crossing safely back into Turkey yesterday. “The Kurds are themselves quite anxious about the safety of journalists. They insist on escorting you, and keeping you away from the more volatile areas. That can slow down reporting, but it’s the price of their hospitality.”
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CNN Explores Synthetic Drugs and the Impact on America’s Youth


CNN’s special report “Deadly High: How Synthetic Drugs Are Killing Kids,” airs tonight at 9 pm ET.

Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin will examine the world of synthetic drugs, focusing on the deaths of two teenagers in North Dakota.

“Molly,” “N-Bomb,” “Bath Salts,” and “Spice” are a few of the synthetic drugs wreaking havoc in America that will be examined in the special. Griffin will interview family members who lost loved ones because of the dangerous drugs, as well as law enforcement officials, scientists and a man imprisoned for importing the deadly chemicals.

See the full press release and a preview, after the jump.

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Anderson Cooper Set to Return After Emergency Appendectomy

anderson_cooperAnderson Cooper is returning to the air tonight after undergoing an emergency appendectomy over the weekend.

The CNN newser had stomach pains starting last Tuesday when he was in Ferguson covering the protests. He traveled to France for Thanksgiving and the stomach pains got worse while overseas, but Cooper thought it was simply food poisoning. When Cooper landed back in NYC, his doctor told him over the phone that the symptoms appeared to be appendicitis. He immediately went to the doctor’s office and landed in the Emergency Room after a quick exam.

Cooper had successful surgery on Sunday and stayed overnight at New York hospital. He was sent home on Monday. Following a speedy recovery, Cooper will be back on AC360 tonight.

“I am very thankful for the efforts of my doctor and the doctors and nurses at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center,” Cooper said.

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Is the Journalist Most World Leaders Follow on Twitter

Amanpour If you ask the world’s leaders which journalists they follow on Twitter, the name you’ll hear more than any other is CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

The PR firm Burson-Marsteller analyzed the most followed Twitter accounts by 647 heads of state and government and ministers of foreign affairs and their institutions. Amanpour was first, followed by 69. Amanpour reacted with surprise on Twitter, saying “Really? Cool!”

Amanpour’s CNN colleague Fareed Zakaria was second in the world leaders survey, with 43. Anderson Cooper had 24, Wolf Blitzer had 22, and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was followed by 20.

When it comes to most-followed news organizations, The New York Times (@NYTimes) took top honors, which is followed by 22 percent of world leaders, followed by @Reuters, @CNNbrk, @theeconomist and @BBCworld.