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CNN’s Martin Savidge Goes From Flight Simulator to Submarine

The search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 continued in the Indian Ocean this week. With an unmanned U.S. Navy submarine joining the search this week, CNN’s Martin Savidge switched his focus from the air search to the underwater search, reporting live from inside a submarine 50 feet below the water’s surface in Canada. Watch:

The company that CNN used for the flight simulator reports, uFly, fired the instructor assigned to Savidge this week, saying he ““shamed Canadians” with the way he dressed during his television appearances.

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Canadian Company Fires Flight Instructor Who Appeared Frequently on CNN

CNN flight simulatoruFly, a Canadian flight simulator company, has fired one of its employees who appeared frequently on CNN during the network’s coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The company said the employee, Mitchell Casado, “shamed Canadians” with the way he dressed during his television appearances, the Associated Press reports:

uFly company owner Claudio Teixeira said he fired Mitchell Casado on Wednesday in part for refusing to dress professionally and making Canadians “look very bad all over the world.”

Casado’s relaxed style of jeans and plaid shirts attracted wide attention during CNN’s constant coverage of the search for the missing flight. CNN’s Martin Savidge and Casado logged many hours reporting from the fake cockpit located at the company’s office in near the Toronto airport, which has a simulator that is the same model of the lost plane.

[...] Teixeira says he received many email complaints about the instructor’s way of dressing during the time he appeared on CNN. “Even though I let him be on TV he shamed us Canadians and shamed my company with the way he was dressing like he was 15 years old,” he said. “People were complaining that it wasn’t professional at all … If you go to any plane you don’t see them in shorts and sandals.”

CNN Hits New Digital Heights in March

CNN MalaysiaWhen March cable news ratings come out tomorrow, CNN will show a vast improvement over last March, likely finishing second to Fox News Channel in several measures. This morning, CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker is taking an early victory lap and thanking his team.

In a note to staff obtained by TVNewser, Zucker writes, “Your work, from Malaysia, Australia and Beijing, to Ukraine, Crimea and Moscow, to Pretoria and Washington state (and yes, Mississauga, Ontario, too), has once again shown the global power of CNN.” Mississauga is where CNN’s Martin Savidge has been holed up for the better part of three weeks in a Boeing 777 flight simulator.

March is expected to be the best month ever in page views and video streams across the CNN sites. “We will likely have more unique users across our global sites than any month in our history,” Zucker adds.

Zucker’s full note, after the jump…

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Georgia Gov. Talks with CNN, After Saying He Won’t Go on CNN

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Following a news conference yesterday which included an apology about the lack of preparation for Tuesday’s snow and ice storm, CNN’s Martin Savidge asked Gov. Nathan Deal if he would grant the network an interview. “No” was the short answer.

“If they don’t get their predictions correct about the facts still saying we had children in school overnight — they have to show some credibility on their part,” said Deal of the network which has called Atlanta home for more nearly 35 years. “I just want them to get their facts and apologize for telling the world we had children in school for two nights when we did not,” he said.

Politico has the video.

Following the news conference, Atlanta-based anchor Brooke Baldwin was even less confident of getting a one-on-one. “CNN has been trying to get Gov. Deal to do an interview,” said Baldwin. “His office is just a couple of blocks away from me here at the world headquarters of CNN. Thus far, no dice.”

A few hours later, the Governor did sit for an interview with Washington-based anchor Wolf Blitzer, a soundbite of which ran in Blitzer’s 6pm “Situation Room.”

George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty in Shooting Death of Trayvon Martin

The broadcast news divisions and cable news channels had been waiting all day for a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. It finally came just before 10pmET, leading the broadcast networks to produce rare, live, primetime special reports for the not guilty verdict. But one network, ABC News, began their special report too late and missed the verdict. ABC joined as the jurors were being polled. The network was showing the canceled “666 Park Avenue,” and even promoted the live verdict in a crawl.

On NBC, Lester Holt anchored a special report, interrupting the final seconds of a made-for-TV movie based on the American Girl doll Saige. Holt took viewers to the verdict, seconds before it was being read. NBC’s report lasted until 10:08.

CBS was first on the air at 9:58, joining during the closing credits of “48 Hours” in the Eastern and Central time zones. The Jim Axelrod-anchored special also went off the air at 10:08.

Despite missing the verdict live, the timing for ABC could not have been better. The network already had “20/20″ on the schedule. The live special report anchored by David Muir began with the verdict then recounted the 16-month long case through the 10pm hour.

The cable news channels had been on verdict watch all day, following 15 hours of deliberation by the six female jurors. By the time the verdict came Don Lemon anchored for CNN, Harris Faulkner on Fox News, Chris Jansing anchored on MSNBC and Nancy Grace was on HLN. “It’s a stunner, Nancy!” said a breathless Jane Velez-Mitchell. “Shock and awe… It’s just…uh.”

Coverage continues on the cablers with news conferences, live chopper shots and other remote cameras on the lookout for verdict reaction.

> More: CNN’s Martin Savidgewho was in the courtroom, said the notice of a verdict came less than 10 minutes before it was read. “It was a race to get to the elevators. Probably 36 reporters and on top of that the legal teams and family members that had to get into place. We barely got into the courtroom.”

Will we hear from the jurors? Here’s what the judge said to them following the verdict:

The law gives you a unique privilege not to speak about the jury’s work. Although you are at liberty to speak with anyone about your deliberations, you are also at liberty to refuse to speak to anyone. A request to discuss either your verdict or your deliberations may come from those who are simply curious from those who might seek to find fault with you, from the media, from the attorneys or elsewhere. It will be up to you to decide whether to preserve your privacy as a juror.

George Zimmerman Trial: MSNBC Plans ‘in-depth, continuing coverage’

The George Zimmerman trial starts on Monday, and the cable news channels are gearing up for live coverage on the proceedings.

Most interesting is MSNBC, which is planning “in-depth, continuing coverage” as part of its regular programming.

“MSNBC will provide in-depth, continuing coverage of the trial of George Zimmerman beginning Monday, June 10,” an MSNBC spokesperson says. “The network will cover the criminal proceedings live as news warrants during our regularly scheduled programs.”

MSNBC president Phil Griffin said recently that his channel is “not the place” for breaking news, but rather is doubling down on politics. The Zimmerman trial is breaking news, though it has energized politicians and political pundits in a way that no other recent trial has.

CNN says that it will be covering the trial during its programming “as news warrants,” leaving the in-depth coverage to sister network HLN. HLN will be going wall-to-wall with coverage of the trial, in much the same was as it did with the Jodi Arias trial. George Howell will cover the trial in the mornings, Martin Savidge will cover in the afternoon, and David Mattingly will cover for “OutFront.”

Fox News says it will be streaming every minute of the trial live online and will “present live coverage” during the week on TV. It will also stream the trial live online. Phil Keating will be in Florida covering the trial for the channel.

CNN Secures Interview With Castro Brothers

CNN has secured one of the big “gets” to come out of the shocking kidnapping story in Cleveland. Pedro and Onil Castro, the brothers of kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro, broke their silence to correspondent Martin Savidge.

The interview was conducted over the weekend, and aired this morning on CNN. The Castro brothers say that in light of the kidnapping news, Ariel is a “monster.”

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CNN’s Martin Savidge Uses Secret Passwords, Changes Vehicles to Interview McAfee Founder

CNN’s Martin Savidge is in Belize where he interviewed John McAfee, the founder of McAfee anti-virus software who has been on the run for weeks accused of a murder he says he didn’t commit. McAfee has done phone interviews with CNBC and others. But Savidge’s is the first on-camera interview since he went on the run. Savidge says Friday’s interview was one of the most bizarre of his television career. Before seeing McAfee, he had to utter secret passwords, jump into different vehicles and met with people in disguise who took him to McAfee.

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CNN Spreading Out Correspondents Across Swing States

CNN has announced a slew of assignments for network correspondents in advance of the Presidential election. The network will have anchors and reporters in every swing state, as well as some floaters that will travel to multiple states, and the correspondents embedded with the campaigns. The network is launching segments branded as “The Final Battlegrounds” starting on Monday.

“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”

The correspondent assignments, after the jump.
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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.”

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