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Christiane Amanpour Returns to CNN Monday

A tipster writes in, “We are seeing Amanpour everywhere around the TWC [Time Warner Center] getting ready for her show.”

And in fact CNN will announce this morning that Christiane Amanpour‘s new show will debut Monday at 3pmET. While Amanpour continues as ABC News Global Affairs anchor, the veteran CNN anchor and reporter returns Monday with her new 30-minute daily broadcast “Amanpour” on CNN International.

“We are delighted to have Christiane back at CNN,” said Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director for CNN International. “Christiane’s sophisticated, incisive journalism is needed now, more than ever to add context and depth to the world’s biggest news and stories,” Maddox said.

“This is an exciting time to have this unique role,” Amanpour said. “I am thrilled to come home to CNN, where I have reported for so many years – and combine this role with the reporting that I will continue for ABC News.” As we reported earlier, Liza McGuirk will EP the show.

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Liza McGuirk named EP of CNNI’s ‘Amanpour’

As Christiane Amanpour plans a return to the CNN airwaves this spring, hosting an international newscast from New York, Liza McGuirk has been named her Executive Producer.

The half-hour “Amanpour” will air weekdays at 3pmET and replay at 5pm and will be seen in more than 200 countries on CNNI. The show will be the centerpiece of a new CNN International lineup, says Tony Maddox, EVP and managing director of CNNI.

As part of a deal announced in December, Amanpour continues her reporting for ABC News. “Christiane has proven herself time and time again to be the leading international journalist in television news and with Liza’s commitment to producing compelling television, ‘Amanpour’ will showcase the very best CNN has to offer,” says Maddox in a statement.

“Amanpour” joins existing CNNI programs, and a new newscast anchored by Isha Sesay.  European primetime will look like this (all times ET):

  • 1 pm International Desk
  • 2 pm Quest Means Business
  • 3 pm Amanpour
  • 3:30 p.m. Isha Sesay
  • 4 pm Connect the World with Becky Anderson
  • 5 pm Amanpour (encore)
  • 5:30 World Sport

Like Amanpour, McGuirk is a CNN original, joining the network in 1980. In 1989 McGuirk moved to CBS News where she spent eight years. She returned to CNN and launched “Fareed Zakaria: GPS” and “Parker-Spitzer.” McGuirk is married to Kevin Magee who is the EVP of Fox Business Network.

Google’s Eric Schmidt: Cable News Host?

Well this came from out of nowhere. The New York Post reports that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt wants his own TV show, and has consulted with “Parker Spitzer” executive producer Liza McGuirk about the possibility. Schmidt supposedly filmed a pilot for CNN last August.

“Eric Schmidt has been looking for a TV job for over a year,” said a CNN insider. “But the pilot he filmed with Liza was a complete disaster.”

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Tom Goldstone Named EP of ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’

CNN has named Tom Goldstone executive producer of “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” Goldstone had been a senior producer on the program, and is succeeding, Liza McGuirk, who left to helm “Parker Spitzer.” Go0ldstone has been with CNN since 2003, whre he worked on “Paula Zahn NOW” and “Campbell Brown.” He joined CNN from ABC News, where he worked on newsmagazines “Primetime Live” and “20/20.”

Kathleen Parker Mad at Producers?

Co-host of the new CNN show “Parker Spitzer” Kathleen Parker is sick of being ignored due to the popularity and infamy of her co-host  Eliot Spitzer, according to The New York Post.

Parker was said to have stormed off the set during a pre-taping a few weeks ago over favoritism by show EP Liza McGuirk. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Parker did return to finish the show.

“CNN is standing by the show,” network spokeswoman Barbara Levin told The New York Post. “Liza’s a terrific producer, and any suggestion that she’s on her way out is patently false.”

“We love Kathleen too,” Levin said.

Liza McGuirk Named EP of Upcoming Eliot Spitzer – Kathleen Parker Show

McGuirk_7.30.jpgOne of the CNN originals, Liza McGuirk has been named executive producer of CNN’s still-unnamed 8pmET debate show with Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker. McGuirk has been EP of “Fareed Zakaria: GPS” since its launch in May 2008.

McGuirk joined CNN as one of the original staffers in 1980. She stayed until 1989 before moving on to CBS News where she worked on “60 Minutes” for four years. McGuirk is married to Kevin Magee who is the EVP of Fox Business Network.

The news was first reported last night by New York Magazine.

> Related: In a recent story on CNN’s ratings, former CNN executive Reese Schonfeld called Zakaria’s show, “by far the most intelligent news talk show on television.”

> Update: Press release after the jump. McGuirk, “After working with Fareed Zakaria, I’m delighted to be working with two people, Eliot and Kathleen, who are truly his equals at exploring the world of intelligent ideas. Most of all, I look forward to bringing that kind of elevated discussion to primetime.”

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