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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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NBC Wins Final Night of DNC; CNN #1 on Cable

NBC wins the final night of the Democratic National Convention drawing more than 7 million viewers for its two-hour primetime special last night. On cable, CNN won its first convention night in both primetime, and the crucial 10pm hour. After MSNBC took night one, and they split night two, on night three, CNN won in both Total Viewers and A25-54 demo viewers.

  • Cable News Primetime (8-11pm). Night three of the DNC, Sept. 6, 2012

CNN: 4,105,216 total viewers (1,557,165 in 25-54)
MSNBC: 3,610,875 total viewers (1,289,781 in 25-54)
FNC: 2,659,051 total viewers (672,749 in 25-54)

While NBC led the way, cable networks CNN and MSNBC were watched by more viewers than ABC and CBS.

  • Sept. 6, 2012. Night three of the DNC:

NBC (9-11:11pm): 7.377 viewers (3.088M in A25-54)
CNN (10-11pm): 5.562 viewers (2.201M in A25-54)
MSNBC (10-11pm): 4.547 viewers (1,776M in A25-54)
ABC (10-11:11pm): 3.995 viewers (1.524M in A25-54)
CBS (10-11:12pm): 3.294 viewers (1.383M in A25-54)
FNC (10-11pm): 2.855 viewers (808K in 25-54)

Who Needs Networks? Democrats To Stream DNC, Kal Penn To Host Web Show

The Democratic National Committee says it will be live-streaming all of the speeches from the Democratic National Convention here in Charlotte, North Carolina this week on the DNC website. While that isn’t very unusual, the DNC is also taking it one step further, producing its own web programming Thursday evening starting at 8 PM ET, hosted by actor (and former White House staffer) Kal Penn.

The special program will “feature celebrity guests and political experts” according to an ad in a DNC newsletter. Among the celebrities that will appear on the DNC special: actor Zach Braff, actress Fran Drescher and singer Marc Anthony.

Following President Obama’s speech Thursday, there will be a “political roundtable” of analysts to dissect the address… likely not very critically, considering who is putting on the show.

The web show puts the DNC in direct competition with the broadcast and cable news divisions, many of which are streaming the DNC live on their sites, and producing web shows of their own, with far less “star power” than the DNC.

TV, of course remains king.