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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.

Is ‘Crossfire’ Borrowing From Its Fox News, MSNBC Competitors?

Crossfire304x200CNN Commentary noticed “Crossfire” trying something new earlier this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the show had all four of its co-hosts hosting together without guests.

“It’s a very special night, we have all four of the co-hosts here tonight,” Van Jones said at the open of Monday’s show, the first time the four had hosted together in the show’s timeslot since it returned to CNN last year.

During its heyday in the 1990s, and since its return last year, the show’s format consisted of two co-hosts with different political ideologies debating, often inviting on two other guests who disagree to debate politics.

“Crossfire” experimenting with its four co-hosts on together is similar to what its cable competitors have done over the years. Fox News’ “The Five” premiered in 2011 with five co-hosts debating; MSNBC’s “The Cycle” debuted in 2012 with four co-hosts.

CNN tells us the four co-hosts will all host together again tonight, and the format change is all part of “Crossfire’s” ongoing experimentation.

‘Forensic Files’ Overnights Giving CNN’s ‘Early Start’ and ‘New Day’ a Bump

Forensic FilesFor the last few weeks, a wee-hours programming change at CNN has helped its normal morning lineup.

Starting on June 6, CNN has been airing the crime-docu series, “Forensic Files,” overnight from 2am-5amET. The crime series—which has produced ratings success on weeknights and weekends for CNN’s sister network HLN—has also given a bump to CNN’s morning shows “Early Start” and “New Day.”

Compared to the two-week time period before it started airing daily overnight (May 23-June 5), “Early Start,” which airs from 5am-6amET, is up +48% in viewers, and up +79% in A25-54 viewers. “New Day” from 6am-9amET is up +17% in viewers and +38% in demo viewers. The ratings information blends a mix of Live +7 day and Live+ same-day viewership; a combination that includes DVR viewing in its ratings measurements.

Outside of the ratings increase, the programming change has also created different viewing options based on geography. With “Forensic Files” airing from 2am-5amET on the east coast, west coast viewers are getting the crime series at 11pmPT, instead of re-airings of “Anderson Cooper 360,” which is what airs at 11pm on the east coast.

CNN Partners With Georgia Tech to Study Media Outlets’ Drone Use

CNN and Georgia Tech are launching a joint research project to evaluate the use of drones for media organizations. The research team — staffed by senior members of CNN’s newsgathering team and researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute — will share the project’s findings with the FAA, which is currently considering drone regulations for media outlets.

“Our hope is that by working cooperatively to share knowledge, we can accelerate the process for CNN and other media organizations to safely integrate this new technology into their coverage plans,” CNN senior vice president, legal David Vigilante said in a statement.

At the TVNewser Show in April, Ian Hannah from the Society of Professional Drone Journalists flew a drone around the New Yorker Hotel, saying the unmanned aircraft will eventually be “if not everywhere … very common.” Watch:

Don Lemon Wonders if Redskins is the New N-Word for Native Americans

DonLemonThe Washington Redskins’ team name has been in the news this week after the U.S. government took away the team’s trademark protection, and yesterday, CNN’s Don Lemon penned a piece asking if that team’s name is the new N-word for Native Americans.

An offensive word that many people hate and think should be banned.Others say not so fast, there’s nothing wrong with using the word, especially when we’re talking about a group of people we hold dear, like, even love. Sounds like I’m talking about the n-word, which has been debated, discussed and reported countless times, but I’m not. This time it’s the dreaded r-word, Redskins, as in the Washington football team. Redskins, Red man and Red Indian were all used by Brits and Americans to distinguish between Indians from India and so-called Indians or Native Americans. It is very similar to the way Negro became the pejorative N-I-G-G-E-R to distinguish Africans living in Africa from Africans living in the United States. Either way you cut it, no matter the origin a word, if over time it has become a slur, a dig or an insult, should you use it, even if it is the name of your favorite team? My personal opinion is no, but you decide.

Earlier this month, Lemon wrote more specifically about the N-word, suggesting that if people want pop-star Justin Bieber to stop using the word, they should do the same.

CNN Crew Roughed Up at Hamas Protest

CNN senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman and his cameraman, Joe Sheffer, were roughed up by Palestinian security forces at a Hamas demonstration in the West Bank. Wedeman said on CNN this morning that they are fine minus “a couple bruises, a few scratches.”

“The Palestinian authority does not like it when the press covers groups of protesters that are affiliated with Hamas that are protesting essentially against the Palestinian authority,” Wedeman said. “At a certain point I heard one of these plainclothes policemen saying in Arabic, ‘grab the camera, grab the cameraman.’ So I ran up to Joe Scheffer, our cameraman, and I told him, ‘They’re coming for you. Let’s go, let’s go.’” Watch:

John Berman Goes Off on World Cup Haters

CNN’s John Berman doesn’t understand all the World Cup haters, and had a message for them this morning on @ThisHour.

“You’d rather read tweets about the grilled cheese someone had for lunch, or the cable anchor who’s too conservative or too liberal, or both too conservative and too liberal…” Berman said. “You’d rather see that, than tweets about a beautiful game, played by beautiful people…let’s face it they are hot.”

Berman also noted what a huge opportunity the haters are missing: infuriating Europeans by merely calling the game soccer.

Jeff Zucker: CNNMoney Able to Bridge TV and Digital ‘Incredibly Well’

CNN MoneyTVNewser was at New York City’s Gansevoort Hotel last night as CNN officially celebrated its sole ownership of CNNMoney, which recently separated from Fortune and Money.

“We’re uniquely positioned to report on financial, money, media, and luxury news because of our prowess across both digital and television,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker told TVNewser at the event.

“CNNMoney is able to bridge both mediums incredibly well, and given our digital strength in particular, I think we’re really well positioned to increase the presence of CNNMoney across television, and blow it out even more.”

And that increase across TV is already underway. During his speech at the event, Zucker gave a shout-out to “Early Start” co-anchor Christine Romans, recognizing her as the new host of “CNN Money” Saturdays at 2pmET. The show, which was previously titled “Your Money,” premiered under its new name two weeks ago.

“Our goal is to make you fluent in money, everything that’s happening in business, but at the same time how it pertains to you and your own finances,” Romans told us.

And expect a healthy marriage between money and politics: “Nothing goes better together than money and politics,” VP of CNNMoney and Politics for digital Ed O’Keefe told us, suggesting coverage will cross-pollinate politics during the 2016 election season.

And you’ve all been waiting… who’s the mysterious hand holding the money clip above? Photo credit goes to CNN’s Senior Director of PR, Matt Dornic.

Is ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Really the Number One Show on Cable News?

BourdainWe’ve reported on TV news networks engaging in creative license through their advertising, and now CNN seems to be joining the fray.

An “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” commercial airing on CNN describes the show as “number one in miles traveled, number one in meals devoured, and now, the number one program in cable news.”

As for the third claim, as always, read the fine print. Bourdain’s just-completed third season, which ran from April 13 to June 8, averaged 386,000 A25-54 viewers over the eight Sunday premiere episodes.

The fine print (not all of it included in the ad) goes on to say that it’s a “blend” of viewer data including Live+7 day, Live+3 day and Live+ same-day viewership, in other words, a variety of DVR viewing. CNN says that’s enough to best even “The O’Reilly Factor,” the long-dominant cable news show, which averaged 356,000 A25-54 demo viewers in that period, using that same “blend.”

We’ll make our fine print, regular-size: O’Reilly’s total is for 37 programs, compared to Bourdain’s eight. And when the Live+ same-day measurement is used “O’Reilly Factor” averaged 344,000 demo viewers; the “The Kelly File” was next with 310,000, then “Parts Unknown” comes in third with 278,000. CNN reports. You decide.

That Time a Former CNN Reporter Became Queen of Spain

Most journalists don’t have a fallback plan of becoming a king or queen, but one former CNN reporter is about to do just that.

Letizia Ortiz, who over a decade ago worked as a reporter at CNN+, a 24-hour Spanish- language news channel in Spain, married Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe soon after. And this week, as her husband becomes King of Spain, Princess Letizia sits beside him as Queen of Spain.

Erin Burnett: My First Big Break

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Erin Burnett‘s first big break came in a very old school way. She wrote a letter to someone in the TV news business whom she admired. But it went beyond just letter-writing. “I was essentially a Willow Bay stalker,” Burnett tells us. But her desire to work in broadcast news began much earlier in life and involved Dan Rather. “I kissed Dan Rather every night. I’d go over and give him a peck on the lips on the TV.” Here’s Erin Burnett’s First Big Break:

Dan Rather was one of the first people we profiled in our “My First Big Break” series back in 2012. For that, and more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

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