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CNN’s Patrick Oppmann: ‘My Cuban Friends Reacted With Joy…Some Cried Tears’

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CNN correspondent Patrick Oppmann used to cover stories like the debut of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and Occupy Seattle. But his move from the Pacific Northwest to Havana gave him a truly one-of-a-kind beat–a bureau that dates to 1997, when CNN became the first U.S.-based news organization in nearly 30 years with a bureau in Cuba.

“I have lived in Cuba for the last three years as the only American TV correspondent based here,” Oppmann told TVNewser, not long after President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro announced plans to begin talks on normalizing relations. “Despite being 90 miles away from the U.S., it is like covering a country on the other side of the world.”

In November, Oppmann–along with CNN’s Ray Sanchez and Elise Labott–reported that it was not out of the question to think of a possible break in relations between Cuba and the U.S. “Senior administration officials and Cuba observers say reforms on the island and changing attitudes in the United States have created an opening for improved relations.”

That historic process begins now. And what a story to cover. “Many Cubans have had little exposure to Americans,” Oppmann said. “Most of what they read in the Cuban state press is negative and stuck in a Cold War time warp. Still Cubans have treated me, my wife and our two young children with incredible warmth. Today my Cuban friends reacted with joy at the idea of a normalized U.S.-Cuban relationship. Some cried tears. I can only hope – despite their years of struggle – a better future awaits them.” Read more

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Flying Home From Cuba to the U.S., Alan Gross Got to Watch a Lot of CNN

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Flying home to the United States after five long years as a prisoner in Cuba, Alan Gross caught up with his wife, Judy. He also caught up on the news, and White House photos reveal his first exposure to American news after leaving Cuba was CNN–first “New Day,” and then later, “CNN Newsroom.”

16045383805_c6a487862f_zThe government jet that made the trip from Havana to Joint Base Andrews–complete with the presidential seal–appears to have had cable news on throughout the flight, but only CNN appears in photos. In the past, it’s been said that the president doesn’t watch cable news, and on one occasion he joked with voters in an Ohio bar about changing the TVs away from Fox.

In one White House photo, CNN’s Carol Costello is flat-out ignored by Gross as he spoke by phone with President Obama. So CNN was on, but there’s no guarantee anybody onboard the flight was actually watching.

Correspondent David Mattingly Leaving CNN

david_mattingly_cnn_h_2012CNN national correspondent David Mattingly has announced he is leaving the network at the end of the year. In a post on Facebook, Mattingly said he will be “walking out of the building a better journalist and better person than when I walked in.”

Mattingly, who has been with CNN since 1992–and, as he pointed out, traveled to 30 countries and all fifty states–said of his next step only that he will be leaving CNN “to try my hand at something new (more on that later).”

Read Mattingly’s message in full, after the jump. Read more

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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Cosby Accuser Says She Was Not Offended By Lemon Remarks

don-lemon-800On Wednesday night’s “CNN Tonight”, CNN’s Don Lemon again addressed the fallout from his comments on the same program one night earlier. “As a victim myself, I would never suggest any victim could have prevented a rape,” Lemon said at the top of the broadcast, making his second on-air apology of the day.

This time, however, Lemon brought back Joan Tarshis, who says she was raped by Bill Cosby, and to whom Lemon made the remark “you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.”

“If I offended you, and I don’t think I did, I’m sorry for that,” Lemon told her. Tarshis said despite the uproar over Lemon’s comments, she was not personally offended. “You didn’t offend me at all.”

But Tarshis did react to news two networks, NBC and Netflix, have pulled out of projects planned with Bill Cosby. “I’m happy. I feel like justice is being served.”

Cable News Ranker: October 2014

WebFox News was the top cable news network for the month of October, averaging 1,714,000 viewers in primetime and 1,056,000 viewers in total day. Fox News placed fourth in both primetime and total day among all ad-supported cable networks for the month.

MSNBC placed 30th in primetime and 28th in total day, averaging 502,000 viewers and 288,000 viewers, respectively. CNN placed 32nd in primetime and 22nd in total day, delivering 475,000 primetime viewers and 418,000 total day viewers.

ESPN, TBS, USA and AMC rounded out the top five primetime networks for the month. The full ranker is after the jump.  Read more

CNN’s Anchors Find Their ‘Roots’

CNNRootsAfter a year in the making, CNN’s one-week series Roots: Our Journeys Home premiers on Sunday night at 9 pm ET.

Over the next week, 13 of CNN’s most prominent hosts will set out on a journey to find their “roots.” From Anthony Bourdain’s Paraguayan ancestors, to the story of how Sanjay Gupta’s parents met, CNN is giving unique access to the background of its anchors.

To wrap up the week, Anderson Cooper and Michaela Pereira will host a two hour special featuring 12 of the stories on Monday, Oct. 20 at 9 pm ET.

The schedule goes as follows:

Sunday, Oct. 12
Anthony Bourdain – (9 pm ET)

Monday, Oct. 13
Michaela Pereira – (6 am ETy)
Anderson Cooper – (8 pm ET)

Tuesday, Oct. 14
Chris Cuomo – (6 am ET)
Jake Tapper – (4 pm ET)
Erin Burnett – (7 pm ET)
Don Lemon – (10 pm ET)

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Cable Network Ranker: Week of Sept. 15, 2014

cable news logos_304x200Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of September 15, placing fourth in both primetime and total day. FNC averaged 1,666,000 primetime viewers and and 1,034,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 32nd in primetime and 29th in total day, while CNN placed 37th in primetime and 26th in total day.

ESPN, TBS, and USA were the top three networks in primetime. The full ranker is after the jump.

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Cable Network Ranker: Week of August 11

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of August 11, placing fifth in primetime and fourth in total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,670,000 primetime viewers and and 1,047,000 total day viewers.

CNN placed 20th in primetime and 16th in total day, averaging 752,000 viewers and 547,000 viewers, respectively. MSNBC placed 27th in both primetime and total day, delivering 630,000 primetime viewers and 371,000 total day viewers.

Discovery, TNT, USA and the History Channel rounded out the top five networks in primetime for the week. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

The Scoreboard: Monday, August 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 302 | MSNBC: 129 | CNN: 356 | HLN: 130
  • Primetime: FNC: 405 | MSNBC: 194 | CNN: 423 | HLN: 150

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto/Obama:

205/251

TheFive:

349

Baier:

312

Greta:

325

O’Reilly:

409

Kelly:

411

Hannity:

394

Shep:

431

Shep:

403

MSNBC
Wagner:

156

EdShow:

128

Sharpton:

106

Matthews:

126

Hayes:

157

Maddow:

219

O’Donnell:

203

Hayes:

211

Maddow:

275

CNN
Tapper:

360

Blitzer:

315

Blitzer:

337

Burnett:

330

Cooper:

357

Cooper:

391

Tonight:

522

Tonight:

545

Tonight:

706

HLN
Now:

75

Files:

39

Files:

50

Jane:

103

Grace:

163

Dr.Drew:

146

Files:

142

Files:

213

Files:

240

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