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SVP Parisa Khosravi Leaving CNN Worldwide

Parisa KhosraviSenior Vice President for CNN Worldwide Parisa Khosravi has informed the network that she is retiring. TVNewser has obtained the following memo that CNN International executive vice president and managing director Tony Maddox sent to CNN staffers.

In an outstanding career that reaches across nearly three decades, Parisa has been a true eye witness to history. She has been at the heart of our coverage of all key world events since CNN recruited Parisa straight out of school, and she joined the company as a VJ. Her talent was quickly recognized and Parisa has played a key leadership role in CNN’s reporting of the stories that have shaped our world.

CNN does not have a more committed champion. Parisa has been devoted to the brand she has played a pivotal role in helping to build. From the day she started, Parisa has dealt with the folks who put everything on the line to get great stories. Those field teams are always in her thoughts, and no effort has ever been spared by her to keep them safe and well.

No one has played a greater role in the emergence and then dominance of CNN International Newsgathering than Parisa. She has so many friends and fans throughout the company.

We are deeply grateful to Parisa for her remarkable service and wish her the very best for the future.

Check out the email that Khosravi sent to her colleagues, after the jump…

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New Role for Parisa Khosravi at CNN

Parisa KhosraviCNN’s Parisa Khosravi is taking on the newly created role of Senior Vice President of Global Relations. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker announced the move in the morning editorial meeting. Khosravi, who started her career at CNN in 1987 as a video journalist, will be the company’s global brand ambassador. Khosravi previously served as the SVP of International Newsgathering for CNN Worldwide.

In this new role, she’ll continue to report to CNN International head Tony Maddox. “She will be CNN’s go-to person for editorial dealings with governments and key players outside the US, securing key interviews,” Maddox write in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser. “[O]ne of her first tasks will be to help lay the groundwork for the return of the World Report conference.”

The Ticker: Katie Guests, Zahn Ratings, CNN Beirut

  • Investigation Discovery’s “On The Case With Paula Zahn” may be in its sixth season, but it isn’t slowing down in the ratings. Sunday’s episode drew a series best 1.11 household rating, and 1.088 million viewers. it has already been green-lit for a seventh season to debut later this year.
  • CNN is adding to its Beirut bureau. Correspondent Mohammed Jamjoom and shooter/producer Raja Razek will be joining the bureau. “Given the daily demands of the news from the region, CNN will be even better poised to cover the stories that need to be told,” senior VP Parisa Khosravi wrote in a note to staff.

Changes at CNNI: John Vause Named Anchor

CNN has named John Vause (right) an anchor for CNN International.

Vause, who had been a correspondent in Beijing, has relocated to Atlanta where he will anchor in the mornings for the network, including on CNNI’s “World Report.”

Vause’s departure leaves a gap in the network’s Beijing bureau, which also recently lost Emily Chang to Bloomberg TV. TVNewser has learned that Stan Grant will be moving to Beijing to lead the bureau there as senior international correspondent.

The internal memo announcing the moves from senior VP of international newsgathering Parisa Khosravi is after the jump.

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Newsers Meet for Annual Confab; Coverage of Haiti Top of Mind

MBNAB.pngThe newly-named RTDNA (Radio, TV, Digital News Association) is kicking off its annual convention today in Las Vegas with a discussion of one of the biggest news stories of the year: the earthquake in Haiti and how the news media responded to it and covered it. Among the panelists, Parisa Khosravi, SVP of International Newsgathering for CNN Worldwide and Dr. Mona Khanna, a Medical Contributor for Fox News Chicago as well as NPR and AP correspondents and the president of Canada’s CTV News.

The session begins at 7pmET, we’ll be Tweeting highlights here. The RTDNA website is also live blogging the discussion.

RTDNA is once again partnering with the larger National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) with 80,000+ attendees over the next three days. Attendance is expected to be up this year compared to last year’s 83,842. That compares to 105,259 in 2008 and 111,028 in 2007.

Some of the highlights we’ll be looking to cover on TVNewser, WebNewser and the other mediabistro.com blogs: Tuesday’s keynote with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a conversation with “Mad Men” creator and executive producer Matt Weiner, and the induction of NBC Sports into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. NBC Sports & Olympics boss Dick Ebersol will be here to accept.

> Related: CNNI succeeds by setting itself apart from CNN

Margaret Moth, Fearless CNN Photojournalist, Passes Away

Margaret Moth, an intrepid CNN photojournalist survived some of the harshest warzones on earth only to lose a three-year battle with cancer over the weekend.

A sniper shot her in the face in Sarajevo in 1992. After multiple reconstructive surgeries, she returned to the battlefield. Her fearlessness, as told by her friends and colleagues, in this CNN.com report:

When other photojournalists dived behind cars as militiamen opened fire on protesters in Tbilisi, Georgia, she stood her ground and kept her camera running. As a band of medical professionals defied Israeli tanks and armored vehicles, marching into then-Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s compound in the West Bank, she got in the middle of the group, joined them and helped nab an exclusive interview.

Born in New Zealand, Moth came to the U.S. in 1983 and worked for KHOU in Houston. She moved to CNN in 1990. Moth died early Sunday in Rochester, Minnesota. She was 59.

“Dying of cancer, I would have liked to think I’d have gone out with a bit more flair,” she said last spring during an interview with a CNN documentary crew. “The important thing is to know that you’ve lived your life to the fullest.”

A note from CNN International’s SVP of newsgathering, Parisa Khosravi, after the jump: “Heaven is even more fun, now that Margaret has arrived.” Also, thoughts from her colleague, Christiane Amanpour
Margaret Moth, an intrepid CNN photojournalist survived some of the harshest warzones on earth only to lose a three-year battle with cancer over the weekend.

A sniper shot her in the face in Sarajevo in 1992. After multiple reconstructive surgeries, she returned to the battlefield. Her fearlessness, as told by her friends and colleagues, in this CNN.com report:

When other photojournalists dived behind cars as militiamen opened fire on protesters in Tbilisi, Georgia, she stood her ground and kept her camera running. As a band of medical professionals defied Israeli tanks and armored vehicles, marching into then-Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s compound in the West Bank, she got in the middle of the group, joined them and helped nab an exclusive interview.

Born in New Zealand, Moth came to the U.S. in 1983 and worked for KHOU in Houston. She moved to CNN in 1990. Moth died early Sunday in Rochester, Minnesota. She was 59.

“Dying of cancer, I would have liked to think I’d have gone out with a bit more flair,” she said last spring during an interview with a CNN documentary crew. “The important thing is to know that you’ve lived your life to the fullest.”

A note from CNN International’s SVP of newsgathering, Parisa Khosravi, after the jump: “Heaven is even more fun, now that Margaret has arrived.” Also, thoughts from her colleague, Christiane Amanpour

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TVNewsers Weigh In On Reporting From — And On — Iran

Variety‘s Sam Thielman interviews several tvnewsers on the challenges of reporting from Iran. Excerpts:

• ABC’s Jim Sciutto: “A few times we had people come up and say, ‘We’ve seen plainclothesmen looking at you, making phone calls,’ and then we’d have to move again.”

• CBS’s Elizabeth Palmer: “Most people in Iran have no access to facts — it’s a country that runs on rumor…[Mir Hossein] Mousavi sightings became like Elvis sightings.”

And on verifying video from Iran:

• NBC’s Richard Engel: “You see a video of a clash or a protest, and it could be five days old or it could be a video of a protest you’ve already seen from a different angle. It’s not ideal, but every conflict has its limitations.”

• CNN’s Parisa Khosravi, SVP of International Newsgathering: “We’re in email and phone communication with forces on the ground…We wait until we get two or three or four consistent reports on a story, and then we put [the video] up.”

Ivan Watson Rejoins CNN

watson_1-26.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Ivan Watson will be joining CNN as an international correspondent based in Istanbul, Turkey, according to an internal memo obtained by TVNewser.

Watson previously was a producer at the network, based in Moscow. He most recently was a correspondent for NPR.

“You can ‘see’ his reports on radio, and now we will be able to watch him do his excellent storytelling on CNN,” writes Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president for international newsgathering, in the note to staff.

Earlier on mediabistro.com: “Hey, How’d You Cover the World’s Political Hotspots, Ivan Watson?

Click continued to see the memo…

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