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Programming, Staffing Changes at CNN International

cnn international logoCNN International is making significant programming changes to its lineup, adding new primetime shows and expanding live programming. With the changes, the network is eliminating some jobs in Hong Kong and adding positions in other bureaus.

Among the major changes: the launch of “The World Right Now with Hala Gorani” and “The Business View with Nina dos Santos,” a new time slot and show format for “Connect the World with Becky Anderson,” and an expansion of live news programming for viewers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (more details are in CNN’s announcement, after the jump). CNN senior international correspondent Ivan Watson will also be relocating to Hong Kong.

TVNewser hears that about 20 off-air editorial positions have been cut in Hong Kong. A CNNI spokesperson tells us about two dozen positions will be added across the London, Atlanta and Hong Kong bureaus, and those jobs will be posted as early as today.

In a note to staffers announcing the changes, CNNI EVP and managing editor Tony Maddox said the network is committed to keeping the impact on Hong Kong roles “to a minimum.” 

The majority of jobs will be added in Atlanta, where the new CNNI programming will be produced. As we reported yesterday, CNN’s domestic daytime programming will be broadcast entirely from New York and DC beginning in August as Brooke Baldwin and Carol Costello move to NYC.

Maddox’s note and CNNI’s official release, after the jump. Read more

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CNN International Honored at Asian Television Awards

CNN International Europe copyCNN International took home three awards at the Asian Television Awards, held this week in Singapore. CNNI won for Cable and Satellite Channel of the Year, as well as Best News Story and Best Social Awareness Program.

In the Best News Story category, Anna Coren‘s “Afghanistan Taliban Firefight” was honored. Coren was reporting with U.S. Special forces in Aghanistan when they came under enemy fire for more than 90 minutes. Sara Sidner won in the Best Social Awareness category, winning for her CNN Freedom Project documentary “Operation Hope.”

“These awards stand as a testament to the excellence and dedication of our people in Asia and around the world, with both Anna and Sara’s remarkable reports demonstrating their tenacity and fearlessness in bringing vital stories to our global audience,” CNNI EVP and managing editor Tony Maddox said in a statement.

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.”

Scot Safon Out At HLN, Andrew Morse Joins CNN In Leadership Rejiggering

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker is reorganizing his executive team in a big way.

For starters, after 22 years at the company HLN chief Scot Safon will be departing at the end of August. Current CNN/U.S. chief and former HLN executive VP Ken Jautz will manage HLN in the interim.

“Recently, Scot approached me with the desire to take a well-deserved break, and to move on to the next phase of his career,” Zucker wrote in a memo to staff this morning. “I have enjoyed working with Scot, and I am truly sorry to see him go. But I do understand the desire to do something new.”

The CNN Worldwide chief also confirmed the addition of Bloomberg TV’s Andrew Morse, who will become senior VP of domestic newsgathering and digital editorial, reporting to Zucker. Meredith Artley, Sam Feist and Terence Burke will all now report to Morse.

Michael Bass will oversee New York and Atlanta programming, while talent and acquisitions chief Amy Entelis will now report directly to Zucker. Ken Jautz will oversee operations and finance at CNN/U.S. while managing HLN in Safon’s absence.

Tony Maddox will be giving up some of his domestic newsgathering responsibilities to focus exclusively on international coverage.

Zucker’s full memo, below.
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Survey: CNN International Most Watched English-Language News Channel In The Middle East

The latest EMS Middle East survey, which tracks TV viewership across eight Middle Eastern states and 13 cities, shows that CNN International is the top English-language news channel in the region, topping Al Jazeera English and BBC World News. Al Jazeera’s main Arabic-language network is the most watched news channel overall in the region.

The survey shows that CNNI reached 33.4% of surveyed households in a given month and 21.3% in a given week. By comparison, Al Jazeera English reaches 15.5% of households per month, and 10.5% per week. BBC World news reaches 13% and 9.2%, respectively.

The BBC noted in a statement that it did top CNN in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, however. The BBC was tops overall in Bahrain, the UAE and Kuwait.

Most parts of the world–including the Middle East–do not have a company like Nielsen to track TV ratings. As a result surveys such as the EMS Middle East carry greater weight than they would here in the U.S.

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The Ticker: Maddox, Cronkite, Peabodys

    • CNN International chief Tony Maddox talks to B&C about his channel placing first in a survey of European viewers. “We’ve had many strong years before in this survey but we’ve never had a year like this,” Maddox noted in an interview. “Statistically this is the best performance we’ve ever had in terms of the rate of growth.”
    • The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz reviews a new biography about the late CBS Newsman Walter Cronkite, and finds that there is more to the anchor than many people may know. “But he was far more liberal than the public believed, and he let it show in unacceptable ways. Had Cronkite pulled such stunts today, I would probably be among those calling for him to step down.”
    • Right now in New York, the Peabody Awards are being handed out, and recipients include CBS News, ABC News, BBC News, Al Jazeera and CNN. CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton sent a memo to staffers today discussing the Peabody wins, as well as the survey that cited CNNI. Read it after the jump.
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    Christiane Amanpour Returns to CNN Monday

    A tipster writes in, “We are seeing Amanpour everywhere around the TWC [Time Warner Center] getting ready for her show.”

    And in fact CNN will announce this morning that Christiane Amanpour‘s new show will debut Monday at 3pmET. While Amanpour continues as ABC News Global Affairs anchor, the veteran CNN anchor and reporter returns Monday with her new 30-minute daily broadcast “Amanpour” on CNN International.

    “We are delighted to have Christiane back at CNN,” said Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director for CNN International. “Christiane’s sophisticated, incisive journalism is needed now, more than ever to add context and depth to the world’s biggest news and stories,” Maddox said.

    “This is an exciting time to have this unique role,” Amanpour said. “I am thrilled to come home to CNN, where I have reported for so many years – and combine this role with the reporting that I will continue for ABC News.” As we reported earlier, Liza McGuirk will EP the show.

    Personalities–And a Former President–Toast Dr. Sanjay Gupta At Book Party

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    Just how well-liked is CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta? So much so that his book release party, held at The Setai Hotel last night, had more boldface names in attendance than many TV premieres. Gupta’s first novel, Monday Mornings, was released this week.

    Former President Bill Clinton, former CBS News anchor Katie Couric, daytime talk-show host Dr. Oz, “The Daily Show” correspondent Aasif Mandvi, Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer and former CNN anchor Kiran Chetry were all there. And that is before you get into the CNN contingent, which included Soledad O’Brien, Don Lemon, Ivan Watson, Jeffrey Toobin, Ashleigh Banfield and Christine Romans, among others.

    Nearly every top CNN executive was there, including CNN Worldwide chief Jim Walton, CNN U.S. chief Ken Jautz, CNN managing editor Mark Whitaker, CNN International chief Tony Maddox and HLN chief Scot Safon. We also spotted CBS News president David Rhodes mingling with the crowd.

    Clinton held court close to the entrance to the bar, with guests approaching him to chat throughout the night. Gupta worked through the crowd, saying hello to everyone, posing for photos and signing copied of his book. “Enjoy your stay in Chelsea General!” he wrote in one, referring to the fictional hospital in the book.

    Gupta also said that the television adaptation of his novel for TNT continues to progress, and production started this month.

    “Clearly Sanjay is a man of many many talents, he is possibly the busiest human being I have ever met,” said Walton during the reception, before quipping “Here is his book by the way.”

    Many more pictures below.

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    CNN Turns the Lens On Itself in Syria Special

    Sunday at 8 PM, CNN will run a special on the situation in Syria. Unlike many other specials, this one turns the lens on the reporters covering the conflict. Dubbed “72 Hours Under Fire,” the special chronicles correspondent Arwa Damon‘s last trip into the country, and features interviews with Damon, CNN executive VP Tony Maddox and other staffers and executives.

    The goal is to shine a light on how incredibly difficult and dangerous the situation in the country is, and what news organizations are doing to shine alight on the situation there.

    “It’s a humanitarian crisis. We might not be able to bring about immediate change to Syria, but the one thing that we absolutely cannot do is walk away from this story – no matter how long it takes,” Damon says.

    Liza McGuirk named EP of CNNI’s ‘Amanpour’

    As Christiane Amanpour plans a return to the CNN airwaves this spring, hosting an international newscast from New York, Liza McGuirk has been named her Executive Producer.

    The half-hour “Amanpour” will air weekdays at 3pmET and replay at 5pm and will be seen in more than 200 countries on CNNI. The show will be the centerpiece of a new CNN International lineup, says Tony Maddox, EVP and managing director of CNNI.

    As part of a deal announced in December, Amanpour continues her reporting for ABC News. “Christiane has proven herself time and time again to be the leading international journalist in television news and with Liza’s commitment to producing compelling television, ‘Amanpour’ will showcase the very best CNN has to offer,” says Maddox in a statement.

    “Amanpour” joins existing CNNI programs, and a new newscast anchored by Isha Sesay.  European primetime will look like this (all times ET):

    • 1 pm International Desk
    • 2 pm Quest Means Business
    • 3 pm Amanpour
    • 3:30 p.m. Isha Sesay
    • 4 pm Connect the World with Becky Anderson
    • 5 pm Amanpour (encore)
    • 5:30 World Sport

    Like Amanpour, McGuirk is a CNN original, joining the network in 1980. In 1989 McGuirk moved to CBS News where she spent eight years. She returned to CNN and launched “Fareed Zakaria: GPS” and “Parker-Spitzer.” McGuirk is married to Kevin Magee who is the EVP of Fox Business Network.

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