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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.

Piers Morgan: ‘CNN Should be More Resilient to Media Criticism’ About Ratings

PiersMorganIn an exclusive interview with POLITICO, former CNN host Piers Morgan says he has no hard feelings toward his former network. He’s also got advice for network President Jeff Zucker.

“I’ve never looked back, because I never feel negative,” Morgan said in his first interview since leaving the network in September. “I’ve always felt that CNN should be more resilient to media criticism about monthly or quarterly ratings,” Morgan says. “Ted Turner once described CNN to me as The New York Times of television. We don’t care about chasing ratings or chasing readers. We care about having a brand that is so trusted that whenever anything important happens in the world, people turn us on.” “If I was running CNN, if I was Jeff Zucker, I would come out and do an interview with someone like you, and I would say, ‘I’m not going to discuss ratings again,’” Morgan continues. “Our business proposition is not predicated on ratings, our global brand is not dependent on how we rate at 9 p.m. in America.”

In the interview, Morgan tells a different story about the terms of his departure.

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Anderson Cooper Reveals 2014 ‘CNN Heroes’

Cooper HeroesThis morning on “New Day,” Anderson Cooper revealed this year’s lineup of “CNN Heroes.”

Each of the 10 receives a $25,000 grant for their organization with one ultimately being selected by fans as the hero of the year.

The ceremony announcing the hero of the year will be on Sunday, December 7 at 8pmET on CNN.

Meet this year’s heroes:

Jon Burns, England: he and his volunteers help thousands of impoverished children living in World Cup and Eurogames cities.

Dr. Wendy Ross; Philadelphia, PA: her program has helped over 200 families with autistic children.

Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes, Guatemala: offered his family’s home as a refuge for young people, proving education and support for over 1,000 children.

Ned Norton; Albany, NY: For over 25 years, he’s worked with hundreds of disabled people on strength and conditioning.

Patricia Kelly; Hartford, CT: offers her farm as a resource for children, helping to keep them off the streets.

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As President Obama Goes, Here’s How Cable News Goes…



With the midterm elections approaching and President Obama three quarters of the way through his presidency, we thought we’d see how the big three cable news networks’ ratings have fared in direct comparison to the president’s popularity.

We looked at President Obama’s monthly Gallup approval ratings dating back to January 2009: from his inauguration through September’s approval ratings, which was released yesterday. The president began his first term with a 64% approval rating. As of today, he is at 42%, a 22-point drop. For the networks, we looked at the Monday-Sunday total viewership for both total day and primetime (Live +Same Day). Our chart (after the jump) breaks down the networks’ quarterly averages.

Of the three networks, Fox News’ ratings have been the most stable in comparison to fluctuations in the president’s approval rating. FNC’s high point was around the 2012 presidential election, when Obama was at 51% approval. The network’s low point came earlier this year, when Obama was at 43% approval.

CNN’s peak came at the time of President Obama’s first inauguration, when Obama sat at 64% approval. Its basement was the second quarter of 2012 when Obama had dropped to 47%. At that time, all networks were in wall-to-wall presidential campaign coverage.

Like FNC, MSNBC’s high point came at the time of the 2012 election, when Obama was at 51%. MSNBC has had the biggest drop since the 2012 election, and is at its low point right now, just as President Obama is, who’s tied for his all-time low at 42%.

Network and presidential ratings, after the jump.

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Mike Rowe: ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It,’ Isn’t Another ‘Dirty Jobs’

MikeRoweIceSculptureCNN toasted their newest host Mike Rowe at Hudson Mercantile on the far West Side of Manhattan tonight.

Next Wednesday Rowe takes his bow on the network with his new show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Rowe says it’s not a continuation of his old Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs,” but rather an extension of a segment he did on “Evening Magazine” back in the early 2000s on San Francisco station KPIX.

“‘Dirty Jobs’ focused through the lens of dirt. This show will focus through the lens of people,” Rowe says. While the show is more than a decade in the making, getting it on CNN has taken considerably less time.

On his first day in January 2013, new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker spotted Rowe dining at the Landmarc in Time Warner Center. “I sat down and I said to him, ‘We want you on CNN.’ And here we are 18 months later. It took a little while, but here we are.”

Rowe says he told Zucker all he needed was “some jet fuel and an hour a week. One hour. One single hour where there’s absolutely, positively not going to be any bad news… Unless of course something breaks, and then I get it,” Rowe jokes, recognizing CNN’s primary mission.

Rowe says CNN is a great fit for his brand of reality TV, which he says has devolved over time. “CNN has always been a non-fiction network, with an eye on news,” he says. “But what’s going on in the rest of the industry, I’m not sure. I joked with Jeff, ’The duck’s have a dynasty, the amish have a mafia and honey’s got a boo boo.”

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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…