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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.

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CNN Changes: ‘Around the World’ Canceled; John Berman, Michaela Pereira Add 11am

MalveauxWorldCNN is changing up its daytime schedule, replacing the NoonET “Around the World” co-anchored by Suzanne Malveaux and Michael Holmes with “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield.” Banfield’s move from 11am to Noon makes room for a new show co-anchored by John Berman and Michaela Pereira at 11amET. Berman and Pereira will continue their roles on “Early Start” and “New Day.”

The international news-focused Noon hour took shape in the summer of 2012 as “International Newsroom.” At the time, Malveaux had anchored two hours of CNN’s early afternoon hours from Atlanta. She will return to Washington as CNN’s national correspondent. Her return to D.C. allows her to better care for her mother, who suffers from ALS.

Holmes will return full-time to CNN International and continue to anchor “International Desk,” which airs weekdays at 10amET on CNNI.

Carol Costello continues anchoring from 9-11am, Berman and Pereira pick up at 11am, Banfield is at Noon, Wolf Blitzer continues to anchor an hour from Washington at 1pm and Brooke Baldwin anchors her two hours from Atlanta, beginning at 2pmET.

CNN’s Michael Holmes Reports from Iraq

michael holmes cnnAs a new wave of violence rocks Iraq, CNN’s Michael Holmes is reporting live from Baghdad this week. In addition to interviewing the former Iraqi Prime Minister yesterday, Holmes wrote a CNN.com story detailing how it feels to be reporting from the region right now:

The feeling in Baghdad today is one of dread — dreading the next car bomb or suicide attack or assassination. The city isn’t lacking a security presence — it is awash in it. Two years ago there were checkpoints, but nowhere near the number we’ve seen these past days, nor were those manning those checkpoints as, let’s say, fastidious as they are now.

Just moving around the city is an exercise in moving from one checkpoint to the next, each manned by young men who themselves, one imagines, fear the next car could be the last one they ever inspect.

Elizabeth Palmer is also reporting from Iraq for CBS News.

CNN’s ‘Newsroom International’ Getting a New Name: ‘Around The World’

CNN continues to tweak its lineup, and the latest changes are coming to the 12-1PM hour. As we reported over the weekend, CNN International anchor Michael Holmes will be joining the program as co-anchor alongside Suzanne Malveaux.

Now, CNN says the name of the hour will be changed from “Newsroom International” to “Around the World.”

The new name will go into effect Monday, February 25.

The Ticker Returns to CNN

The Ticker, which was replaced years ago by the Flipper, has returned to CNN. The lower third scroll of news returned at NoonET on “Newsroom International.”

Insiders tell us this is another Jeff Zucker move. The new CNN president has been making his mark on programming, hiring and the overall look of CNN. Today, the NoonET hour of “Newsroom Interenational” also became a co-anchored show, with Michael Holmes joining Suzanne Malveaux at the anchor desk. The new ticker is a scrawl, blue, with white font.

The Flipper had been a part of CNN’s look since 2008. At the time, CNN VP Bart Feder said the Flipper is “easier to read, understand and absorb the information.” What do you think?

> Update: By Tuesday, the ticker had been tweaked with blue type on a white background. It was not used at all in primetime.

Michael Holmes Named Co-Anchor Of CNN’s ‘Newsroom International’

CNN has named Michael Holmes the co-anchor of “Newsroom International,” the edition of “CNN Newsroom” that airs from 12-1PM ET on CNN/U.S. He will anchor alongside Suzanne Malveaux.

“I suppose we do share the same passion, and that is field work and international news, it is what we do, isn’t it?” Holmes said on “Newsroom” Friday afternoon, talking to Malveaux.

Holmes is currently an anchor and correspondent for CNN International, based in Atlanta. He will continue as the anchor of “International Desk” on CNNI. An Australian native, Holmes joined CNNI in 1996, and has reported from all over the world, including covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a reporter fro Australia’s Nine Network before joining CNN.

 

Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett To Report Live In Primetime For CNN

CNN will be keeping its usual primetime lineup on tonight to cover Sandy, and will be live until the worst of the storm passes, whenever that may be. Anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett will be reporting in the field tonight across primetime. CNN International will be simulcasting CNN/U.S. from 11AM-2PM and again starting at 4 PM.

The list of correspondents in the field for CNN is after the jump.

Update: HLN is blowing up its primetime lineup to provide hurricane coverage. Those details are also after the jump.
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Hurricane Sandy Coverage Plans

TV news organizations are gearing up for covering Sandy. There is still lots of uncertainty  but here is what we know so far. We will update this story as we get more information.

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The Weather Channel not surprisingly, has a slew of coverage planned. “Wake Up With Al” will air this weekend starting at 5:30 AM, and 5 AM starting next week.

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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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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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