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5 Questions for CNN International Anchor Robyn Curnow

CNN Robyn Curnow304CNN’s Robyn Curnow recently relocated from South Africa to Atlanta for her new show “International Desk with Robyn Curnow.” Today, only a few weeks since changing continents, she’s back in South Africa for the Oscar Pistorius sentencing. It’s been a wild ride for Curnow, who is getting used to a new country and a new role as an anchor.

TVNewser: What has been the bigger challenge, your new show or moving from South Africa to Atlanta?

Robyn Curnow: I’ve lived in Johannesburg, Sydney, London, Perth and Cambridge, so moving cities wasn’t as big a switch as shifting from the field to the studio. It’s been simultaneously terrifying and amazing to anchor my new show. I want to keep the fly-by-the-seat-of-your pants live reporting style I am used to, but at the same time I am acutely aware I also need to ‘front’ the show. I am still finding my feet but the I-Desk team is really fantastic and we pack the show with live interviews and guests so it’s pacey and intelligent.

TVNewser: You first interviewed Oscar Pistorius back in 2008. What was your initial reaction when you first heard that he was being charged with murder?

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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.

A Friday Night of Oscar Pistorius on TV

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CBS’s “48 Hours” is planning a special Friday edition following the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trial. The decision, along with an interview with Pistorius’ former girlfriend, Samantha Taylor, will be part of a new primetime special tomorrow at 8pmET. “Blade Runner: The Verdict” features reporting by correspondents Debora Patta, Peter Van Sant and Richard Schlesinger. ABC’s News’ Matt Gutman also spoke with Taylor who says she feels parts of Pistorius’ story did not ring true. Gutman’s interview airs tomorrow on “20/20″ at 10pmET. Also at 10pmET, on CNN, Robyn Curnow hosts “The CNN Spotlight: Oscar Pistorius,” re-airing Saturday night at 7:30pmET. For now, “Dateline NBC” tells us they are sticking with their scheduled 2-hour program called “Deadly Valentine” at 9pmET.

Broadcast, Cable Networks Up Early For Mandela Memorial Service

The broadcast and cable networks were up early this morning as international leaders, dignitaries and thousands of South Africans filled FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to honor Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.

Brian Williams, who as we noted yesterday is the only network anchor to be in South Africa, opened up NBC News’ special report at 4amET noting the “absolutely miserable weather” in Johannesburg. Williams’ special report lasted until the conclusion of the service shortly before 7amET, and he and Lester Holt, who was reporting from FNB Stadium, appeared at the top of the “Today” show.

ABC News also began their special report, anchored by George Stephanopoulos and from New York, at 4amET. Robin Roberts joined Stephanpoulos at the conclusion of the service, just before “Good Morning America” began, and chief foreign affairs correspondent Terry Moran was at FNB Stadium for ABC News.

CBS News also had a special report beginning at 4amET, with Anne-Marie Green anchoring from New York. Debra Patta reported from Soweto for the network. Unlike ABC and NBC, CBS News’ special report lasted just eight minutes. The network went back on the air with two more special reports, for the start of the ceremony and for President Barack Obama‘s remarks, then stayed on through “CBS This Morning.”

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Nelson Mandela Dies at 95

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, has died at the age of 95. His death was announced by Jacob Zuma, the current President of South Africa.

NBC News and CBS both produced special reports beginning at 4:45pmET, with Brian Williams anchoring on NBC and Scott Pelley anchoring on CBS. David Muir anchored a special report on ABC News at 4:46pmET.

On the cable networks, CNN joined Zuma’s press conference at 4:44pmET. MNSBC began broadcasting NBC News’ special report at 4:45pmET, and Fox News joined Zuma’s press conference at 4:46pmET.

>More: President Obama will speak at 5:20pmET.

> “NBC Nightly News” will be expanded to an hour tonight.

> Anderson Cooper will anchor on CNN from 8pm-11pmET tonight. He will be joined by Wolf Blitzer, Christiane Amanpour and Robyn Curnow in Johannesburg.

>Fox News will preempt “The Five.” Shepard Smith will anchor from the Fox News deck. Juan Williams, who covered Mandela’s release from prison for The Washington Post, contributed to the breaking news coverage. Fox News senior correspondent Greg Palkot is headed to to South Africa and will report for FNC beginning this weekend.

>ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” will be expanded to an hour tonight. ABC will also have a special edition of “Nightline” dedicated to Mandela’s life tonight. The show will be live on both coasts.

>Al Jazeera America will stay in breaking news coverage through midnight. Ali Velshi will join Tony Harris and John Siegenthaler, followed by “America Tonight” at 9pmET.

>ABC News has canceled the “Good Morning America” holiday party scheduled for tonight. “In light of tonight’s events and the death of Nelson Mandela, we will postpone the party tonight. We will reschedule,” senior EP Tom Cibrowski wrote in an email to “GMA” staffers. “Now let’s make a great GMA tribute to an incredible man who changed the world.”

ABC’s Jonathan Karl to Interview George and Laura Bush in Africa

ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will sit down with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush during their trip to Africa. The sit-down is scheduled to happen tomorrow after President Bush and President Barack Obama attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to honor the victims of the 1998 bombing at the U.S. Embassy.

Portions of the interview will air tomorrow on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” The full extended interview will air Sunday on “This Week,” which Karl will anchor.

In addition to a joint appearance for Bush and Obama, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama will participate in a panel discussion tomorrow at the Bush Institute’s African First Ladies Summit moderated by ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts.

>Update: CNN’s Robyn Curnow also sat down with George and Laura Bush. Watch the interview, which aired on “The Situation Room,” after the jump. Read more