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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

Gupta, Couric, Gupta's father Subhash

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.”

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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.

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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