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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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Why CNN Chose Not To Show Latest ISIS Video

CNN’s Tony Maddox, who oversees international newsgathering and programming, went on the network’s “Reliable Sources” this morning to talk about why CNN chose not to air the latest hostage video. ISIS released a video Thursday showing British journalist John Cantile who spoke about being “abandoned by my government” and that his “fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State.”

Maddox called the video a kind of torture. “For me the editorial returns were not worth the ethical compromises involved in showing that film and that’s why CNN took the decision not to show it.” So why show two other videos of American ISIS hostages who were murdered by the terror group? Brian Stelter asked Maddox:

The Morning Ticker: Fusion, CNNI, FoxNewsGo

  • Tim Pool is joining Fusion from Vice. Pool will be senior correspondent and Director of Media Innovation. “Tim has offered audiences a perspective on news events that mainstream outlets have not been able to match using little more than his smartphone and a battery pack,” says Fusion CEO Isaac Lee.

  • CNN International is making changes to its management team. CNNI EVP Tony Maddox, says the staff changes will “bring the strengths of these exceptional editorial operators to bear on the key parts of the CNN International network.” More on the new roles after the jump.

  • Fox News is now everywhere. Following 9 months of beta testing, the new FoxNewsGo and FoxBusinessGo apps launch today with simulcasts of FNC and FBN programming on iOS and Android devices. The authenticated app is available in 70 million homes that are current FNC/FBN subscribers.

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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

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.

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