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Programming, Staffing Changes at CNN International

cnn international logoCNN International is making significant programming changes to its lineup, adding new primetime shows and expanding live programming. With the changes, the network is eliminating some jobs in Hong Kong and adding positions in other bureaus.

Among the major changes: the launch of “The World Right Now with Hala Gorani” and “The Business View with Nina dos Santos,” a new time slot and show format for “Connect the World with Becky Anderson,” and an expansion of live news programming for viewers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (more details are in CNN’s announcement, after the jump). CNN senior international correspondent Ivan Watson will also be relocating to Hong Kong.

TVNewser hears that about 20 off-air editorial positions have been cut in Hong Kong. A CNNI spokesperson tells us about two dozen positions will be added across the London, Atlanta and Hong Kong bureaus, and those jobs will be posted as early as today.

In a note to staffers announcing the changes, CNNI EVP and managing editor Tony Maddox said the network is committed to keeping the impact on Hong Kong roles “to a minimum.” 

The majority of jobs will be added in Atlanta, where the new CNNI programming will be produced. As we reported yesterday, CNN’s domestic daytime programming will be broadcast entirely from New York and DC beginning in August as Brooke Baldwin and Carol Costello move to NYC.

Maddox’s note and CNNI’s official release, after the jump. Read more

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The Morning Ticker: Madrigal, Gorani, Huddy

  • Actor, comedian, and “Daily Show” Latino correspondent Al Madrigal will host and report a one-hour primetime special for Fusion on the power and influence of the booming Latino community in America. The special will air this fall.

  • Hala Gorani has returned to CNN London, where she will host a new hour-long news show starting this June on CNN International. Gorani has been based at CNN headquarters in Atlanta.

  • John Huddy, currently a reporter for WNYW the FOX O&O in New York City, will be joining Fox News Channel’s Jerusalem bureau. Huddy is the brother of Juliet Huddy, who has had several stints with Fox News and is currently an anchor at WNYW.

CNN’s Hala Gorani Interviews Brother of Jailed Al Jazeera Journalist

In an interview with CNN’s Hala Gorani, Adel Fahmy, the brother of one of Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt, disputed claims that his brother is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

“These are extremely false accusations, could not be further from the truth. He’s a very objective journalist, producer, reporter, and he’s always taken pride in his job,” Famhy said of his brother, Al Jazeera producer Mohamed Fahmy, who has also worked for CNN in the past. Watch:

CNNI Blocked In China During Report Critical Of Country

Once again, China has blocked CNN International’s live feed within the country, as the network reports on a story that paints the government there in a bad light. This afternoon CNNI Hala Gorani conducted an interview about the revelation that the New York Times was hacked by Chinese hackers over a period of months.

The entire six-minute segment was blocked in the country, as CNNI’s feed went dark:

Last year China censored a segment on Anderson Cooper‘s program about blind activist Chen Guanchcheng.

CNN Switches Up 12 PM Format, Launches ‘Newsroom International’

During the work day (9am-4pmET), CNN has long relied on “CNN Newsroom” to bridge the gap between its morning shows and “The Situation Room.” Now the network seems to be switching it up a little bit, tweaking the long-running format. At NoonET today, CNN launched a new hour of “CNN Newsroom” called “Newsroom International.”

The hour looks a lot like the typical “CNN Newsroom” programming, but instead of talking U.S. politics or business, the hour focuses on international news and events. Given what is happening in Syria, and the elections in Egypt and Greece, the timing for the new format couldn’t have been better.

Suzanne Malveaux, who anchors “CNN Newsroom” from 12-2pmET, also handles “International Newsroom.” She will be joined by CNN International anchors Richard Quest, Michael Holmes and Hala Gorani.

CNN has been making tweaks to its programming lineup over the last few weeks, most notably canceling “John King USA” and adding an extra hour of “Situation Room.”

The logline for the new hour is after the jump.

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What if Michelle Obama Had a Political TV Talk Show?

France’s new first lady is familiar to many in France, but not because she’s been on the arm of France’s incoming president for 7 years, it’s because she’s been on television at least that long. The New York Times catches up with Valérie Trierweiler, the twice divorced companion of Pres. François Hollande. Trierweiler has worked as a political journalist for Paris Match and, later, on TV on the privately-owned network Direct 8. And she plans to be the first French first lady to keep her day job. Which means covering the Hollande presidency, which seems to be just fine in France.

Ms. Trierweiler stopped covering politics for Paris Match in 2005 but continued her political programs on Direct 8, something that is not widely regarded in France as posing a potential conflict of interest.

“We need rules, they exist, but hypocrisy reigns,” she told Le Journal du Dimanche in 2010. “All journalists have opinions, they all vote, they all have sympathy, friendships. But they’re not asked to justify them. We believe in their integrity, we trust them and we’re right to do so.”

CNN’s Hala Gorani reported on Trierweiler. Her story after the jump…

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Special Live ‘Your Money’ to Cover French and Greek Elections

Normally on tape, CNN’s “Your Money will be live Sunday at 3pmET focusing on the second round of the French presidential election as well as the election in Greece tomorrow. Ali Velshi and Christine Romans host, along with Paris-based correspondent Jim Bitterman and Hala Gorani from Paris, Matthew Chance from Athens, Al Goodman from Madrid and John Defterios from Abu Dhabi.

CNN Correspondents Talk Life and Death on the Frontlines


CNN correspondents (l-r) Sara Sidner, Ben Wedeman, Kyung Lah, Nic Robertson, Arwa Damon, Anderson Cooper, Matthew Chance, Hala Gorani, and Ivan Watson gathered at the Time Warner Center Dec. 2 for a taping of “CNN on the Frontlines”

Earlier this month, just for a matter of hours really, CNN’s intrepid foreign correspondents left their beats covering the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, gathering at the Time Warner Center in New York. TVNewser was there as the correspondents recounted the year that was: from the Arab Spring, to the civil war in Libya and the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe in Japan.

Naturally, the cameras were rolling and tonight Anderson Cooper hosts a one hour special called “CNN on the Frontlines.” The broadcast airs at 8pmET and 10pmET/PT and will reair tomorrow at 8pmET and Christmas Day at 7pmET and 11pmET.

> Related: Sara Sidner talks with TVGuide Magazine’s Stephen Battaglio about her move from local TV news to foreign correspondent: “I’m a different person. The way I react to stories has changed. The level of what is an amazing moment or what is stressful has gone beyond anything I can ever imagine.”

(Photo: David Holloway / CNN)

Cable Nets Go Live as Final U.S. Convoy Leaves Iraq

At 11:28pmET, U.S. cable news networks broke into coverage as the final U.S. combat troops crossed from Iraq into Kuwait, creating a lasting image for the end to the 8-and-a-half-year war, which was officially declared over on Thursday. CNN/U.S. and CNNI simulcast coverage with Hala Gorani and Don Lemon co-anchoring. Michael Holmes reported from Kuwait, Arwa Damon from Baghdad and Martin Savidge, who traveled the 5-and-a-half hours with the American convoy, reported by phone (and later, around 12:27amET, via livestream from inside an MRAP vehicle) after crossing into Kuwait. CNN/U.S. stayed live until MidnightET (CNNI until 12:30amET) and included interviews with soldiers at Camp Virginia, Kuwait.

On Fox News Geraldo Rivera and Greg Palkot reported live from Kuwait, with the final MRAP truck crossing over at 11:38pmET / 7:38am along the Kuwait/Iraq border. “I have tears in my eyes, so emotional,” said Rivera, who is on his 11th trip to the region. Fox News wrapped coverage at 11:46pm.

MSNBC produced a 4-minute special report with Richard Engel live in Kuwait. Engel too, traveled with the U.S. convoy. “So much has transpired when they crossed this berm in 2003 going North,” said Engel. “They were on their way to topple a dictator. Now they are crossing this berm again. The dictator has been toppled and the troops are going home.”

Rare Get-together for CNN’s Foreign Correspondents as They Reflect on 2011

CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosts a year end special with CNN’s foreign correspondents, including (l-r) Ben Wedeman, Arwa Damon and Nic Robertson

It’s a good thing today was a relatively quite international news day because most of CNN’s foreign correspondents were gathered in New York talking about about the incredible year that was. From the Arab Spring to the triple tragedy in Japan, reporters Nic Robertson, Ben Wedeman, Arwa Damon, Hala Gorani, Matthew Chance, Sara Sidner, Kyung Lah and Ivan Watson crowded into Piers Morgan‘s studio at Time Warner Center where Anderson Cooper, who’s also reported from many of the world’s hotspots this year, lead the discussion.

CNN International EVP Tony Maddox tells TVNewser the get-together, which happens once every few years, “was the greatest gathering of foreign journalists on the planet.”

Before the taping we asked Robertson what is his most remarkable moment of this remarkable year. Robertson, who started as an engineer with CNN in 1990, says it was the uprising in Bahrain in February. “We were approaching Pearl Square and all hell was breaking loose.” Robertson used his iPhone to report live on CNN. Later, as he was rushed out of the area, he used the phone to record more video and his audio for a package that was edited in Atlanta. “That’s a far cry from 36 boxes of equipment we used to use,” added CNN EVP Ken Jautz

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