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Rare Get-together for CNN’s Foreign Correspondents as They Reflect on 2011

CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosts a year end special with CNN’s foreign correspondents, including (l-r) Ben Wedeman, Arwa Damon and Nic Robertson

It’s a good thing today was a relatively quite international news day because most of CNN’s foreign correspondents were gathered in New York talking about about the incredible year that was. From the Arab Spring to the triple tragedy in Japan, reporters Nic Robertson, Ben Wedeman, Arwa Damon, Hala Gorani, Matthew Chance, Sara Sidner, Kyung Lah and Ivan Watson crowded into Piers Morgan‘s studio at Time Warner Center where Anderson Cooper, who’s also reported from many of the world’s hotspots this year, lead the discussion.

CNN International EVP Tony Maddox tells TVNewser the get-together, which happens once every few years, “was the greatest gathering of foreign journalists on the planet.”

Before the taping we asked Robertson what is his most remarkable moment of this remarkable year. Robertson, who started as an engineer with CNN in 1990, says it was the uprising in Bahrain in February. “We were approaching Pearl Square and all hell was breaking loose.” Robertson used his iPhone to report live on CNN. Later, as he was rushed out of the area, he used the phone to record more video and his audio for a package that was edited in Atlanta. “That’s a far cry from 36 boxes of equipment we used to use,” added CNN EVP Ken Jautz

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HLN SVP Bill Galvin Moving to CNNI; CNNI’s Katherine Green Moves to HLN

Some changes are coming to CNN and HLN in the new year, starting with some movement among three top network executives: Bill Galvin, Katherine Green and Mike McCarthy.

TVNewser has learned that after two years as HLN’s senior vice president, Galvin will move to CNN International as SVP of business development and sports programming, responsible for special coverage and sponsored content of CNNI. He will also be in charge of sports coverage across CNN Worldwide.

Green will move into the role of SVP and managing editor at HLN. She has served as the SVP of programming at CNNI since 2007. McCarthy, currently VP of coverage and feature programming at CNNI, will be promoted to her former post.

After the jump, read the internal memo to staffers sent earlier today by Tony Maddox and Scot Safon.

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CNN International Chief on Cost of Coverage: ‘You don’t know the half of it’

CNN International executive VP Tony Maddox speaks to B&C‘s George Winslow about the coverage of Somalia and London, and the cost of covering international incidents.

When you have a year like this with a lot of big international stories, has that really ramped up some of your costs?

You don’t know the half of it. It has been a year of significant investment in our ongoing news coverage. But we want to invest in quality news coverage. It is what the brand is about, and we see increases in our audiences when we have those really big news stories. For our distribution partners, it also helps to reinforce the idea that CNN is a vital service and a distinctive service. That is an important message for us when we talk about renewing our distribution rates. Although it involves investment, it is ultimately good for business.

Maddox was also asked about “fly-In” reporting, which has become increasingly common as foreign bureaus get shut down for financial reasons:

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CNNI’s Tony Maddox on the CNN Freedom Project: ‘[Modern Day Slavery] is clearly something which is very wrong and very wicked’

This week CNN International and CNN.com launched the “CNN Freedom Project,” an initiative to highlight and help end the plight that is modern day slavery.

CNN International executive VP Tony Maddox is the one who conceived of the initiative, which will include segments integrated into CNNI’s normal programming, as well as full-length specials highlighting the issue. There is no culminating event here, and no end in sight. The initiative will go on as long as Maddox and his team decide to keep it going.

“This is not a story to passively cover, like a here’s one side, here is the other side, or both sides of the story sort of thing,” Maddox told TVNewser yesterday. “This is clearly something which is very wrong and very wicked, and something which we need to highlight and do in a consistent and repeated fashion.”

While Maddox and the CNNI and CNN.com teams are spearheading the initiative, the content will be made available to the CNN domestic network, and Maddox expects some of it will be picked up.

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Tony Maddox: CNN’s International Man of Mystery

B&C profiles CNN International and newsgathering chief Tony Maddox in this week’s issue (subscription required).

Maddox got his start in journalism after a motorcycle accident got him kicked out of a band he was in. He ended up taking some post-graduate journalism courses, and he secured a job at the BBC:

After landing a job with the BBC in 1985, he quickly rose through the ranks and by his late 20s, he was running a newsroom>—highly unusual for the BBC in that era…

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News Chiefs Talk Egypt Coverage

Broadcasting & Cable spoke to a number of network and cable news executives, to get their thoughts on how they have been covering the crisis in Egypt.

Each had their own perspective on the coverage, and how they will handle it going forward.

CNN’s Tony Maddox said that it is up to CNN’s journalists is they want to stay in Egypt to cover the story.

We’ve made it abundantly clear to our folks that if they want out, we’ll do all we can to help get them out as well. By and large, you’d be surprised at how many of these horrible looking stories people want to be in them, they get a sense of mission, a sense of purpose, they want to be in the thick of it. Makes you proud to work with people like that. But also some of our very bravest people are the ones that say, you know what, I’ve done all I can with this story, now I need a break from it and move on. Whenever anyone’s like that, we’re always very supportive and very quick to be able to facilitate it.

CBS News & Sports chief Sean McManus said that the coverage showed that there is still a commitment to international newsgathering:

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CNN Combining Domestic, International Desks and Bureaus Under Tony Maddox

In a memo to staff this afternoon, CNN/U.S. chief Ken Jautz and CNN International chief Tony Maddox announced a new reporting structure for the domestic and international desks and bureaus as of January 1, 2011.

A spokesperson for CNN says the changes will not result in any layoffs.

We have elected to implement a key recommendation of the One CNN project and combine our international and domestic newsgathering desks and our worldwide bureaus into one group. Tony Maddox will oversee the combined group, which will service CNN, CNNI, cnn.com and all other editorial units and platforms.

Under the new structure, Maddox will oversee all international bureaus, as well as 13 domestic bureaus. CNN’s Washington DC bureau will remain under the leadership of David Bohrman, who will continue to report to Jautz.

The full memo is after the jump.

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Piers Morgan’s London Bash

Piers Morgan returns to London for a launch party for his new show tonight. Insiders tell us Morgan will stop in at CNN’s London headquarters and talk to the staff there, alongside new CNN president Ken Jautz,and Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director of CNN International. Morgan Tweeted earlier:

My big @pierstonight CNN show launch party in London tonight. Will be more stars then Ricky Ponting must be seeing in his head right now.

That’s a cricket reference, if you were wondering.

We’re told Morgan’s show, which debuts next month, will originate mostly from New York, from Los Angeles when he is taping “America’s Got Talent” and, on the rare occasion, from London. You can bet, schedule permitting, he’ll be there in late April.

CNN Shift: CNN is Hiring

An interesting side note to today’s executive shakeup at CNN: the network is looking for another executive.

“We will be naming an executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide to lead collaboration across all platforms and elevate CNN’s unique journalism and analysis,” wrote CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton (right) in his note announcing the changes.

During his conference call with reporters late this morning, Walton said the managing editor would be at the same EVP level that  CNN/U.S. president Ken Jautz, HLN head Scot Safon, and CNN International managing director Tony Maddox hold.

“The managing editor will come in and he or she will be a strong editorial mind who will help shape our coverage,” said Walton who indicated there are internal candidates for the job. TVNewser has learned Bart Feder, who joined the network as SVP of current programming in January 2008, is among them.

Unlike the broadcast network model which generally gives the managing editor title to anchors — think Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric — Walton said,  “There is no way that the managing editor here would have additional duties on the air.”

“This is a big job and there is no doubt in my mind that we will find somebody great for it,” said Walton

CNN Receives ‘Golden Nymph’ Award for Haiti Coverage

CNN120.jpgLast night at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, CNN was awareded the ‘Golden Nymph’ for its extensive Haiti earthquake coverage.

CNN beat out BBC News, Sky News, France 24 and Russia Today in the “24-hour news programme” category.

Said CNN International executive VP and managing director Tony Maddox:

“This award comes as CNN marks 30 years of journalistic enterprise. Our coverage of Haiti stands out in CNN’s history of covering the stories that help shape our world. It is an honour to be recognised by our industry peers at this prestigious Festival.”

Related: CNN Polishes Its Journalistic Cred

Video from the event is after the jump

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