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CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company. The 24-hour cable news channel was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner. CNN broadcasts from its headquarters at the CNN Center in Atlanta, the Time Warner Center in New York City, and studios in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. CNN is available in 98 million U.S. households, and more than 271 million worldwide. Jeff Zucker is the president of CNN Worldwide.

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While the three evening newscasts and the network morning shows often look the same — with the same lineup of stories, often airing at the same time — the two media criticism shows, provide two distinct options for news junkies: those who are partial to Fox News and those who tune in to CNN.

Both shows, CNN’s “Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter” and FNC’s “MediaBuzz with Howard Kurtz,” air at the same time, 11amET Sundays. (“MediaBuzz” also gets a re-air at 5pmET)

Yesterday, “Reliable Sources” led with the Stephen Colbert taking over CBS’s “Late Show.” “MediaBuzz” led with how the media covered the departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Kurtz got to Colbert :47 minutes into his show. “Reliable Sources” didn’t cover Sebelius at all.

On CNN, Stelter had a 10-minute segment, which included an interview with Sen. Al Franken, on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Kurtz didn’t cover last week’s merger news, but had two segments with former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who was also on Bill O’Reilly‘s show earlier in the week.

Stelter reported last week’s news of a new ABC News president, Kurtz did not. Kurtz discussed the coverage of Jeb Bush last week, Stelter did not. Both shows gladly covered competitor MSNBC, and the reports that host Al Sharpton was once an FBI informant.

While no one will ever confuse CNN and Fox News, the two programs that cover the media are leading the way in differentiation.

‘SNL’ Lampoons CNN Alerts, Al Sharpton

CNNPregnancySNLLast Saturday night, “Fox & Friends” got another send-up on “Saturday Night Live.” Last night CNN’s breaking news alerts and MSNBC host Al Sharpton got the SNL treatment.

The CNN Pregnancy Test gives a hopeful couple an alert on everything but whether they’re having a baby. “The CNN take-home pregnancy test… for when you want to know, when they don’t know.”

In another skit, “Undercover Sharpton” imagines the Rev. Al Sharpton as an undercover FBI informant. Both clips after the jump…

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Erin Burnett: Miles O’Brien is ‘Inspirational’

MilesErinCNNErin Burnett recently choked up while interviewing new CNN colleague Miles O’Brien; moved by his account of bouncing back mentally after losing part of his arm during a freak accident reporting in the Philippines.

“I think Miles is inspirational,” Burnett told TVNewser earlier this week at CNN’s upfront presentation.

“And you really can’t imagine how you would be able, after a few weeks, to be up, and out, and positive, and motivated,” she continued, adding that she was touched O’Brien cited his work as the inspiration to stay positive, even while dealing with pain.

“He’s been doing it despite the physical pain he’s in. Miles still feels pain in his arm where he doesn’t have arm, and he’s working until midnight every night…it’s incredible that he’s able to do that. It puts life in perspective.”

After being signed as an aviation expert by CNN after the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 story broke, O’Brien, who is a licensed pilot, and spent 16 years with CNN, has been contributing on a daily basis during the network’s near nonstop coverage of the missing airliner.

CNN Anchors Defend Missing Malaysia Airlines Coverage

Some of CNN’s top anchors are defending the network’s decision to produce near non-stop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 for the last month.

“I know it’s received a fair amount of criticism from some folks, and I understand that… it’s a lot of coverage,” Anderson Cooper told TVNewser after the network’s upfront presentation yesterday. At the same time, he said, the story is resonating with viewers because it’s a very “human” story. “We’re talking about 239 souls on board, and their families.”

Wolf Blitzer agrees. “Look, 239 people are missing, they’ve been missing now for several weeks,” Blitzer told us, adding that a $250 million, American-made Boeing 777 simply vanishing is an intriguing mystery. “We don’t know if it’s because of criminal activity, or mechanical failure.” Blitzer has produced strong ratings anchoring a full-hour of “The Situation Room” at 6pmET pre-empting “Crossfire.”

Erin Burnett acknowledged the network has had internal discussions about the amount of coverage. “I’m not going to deny we haven’t,” she said, adding that ultimately, this story is a mystery that brings to light other issues in the post-9/11 era.

“You can’t lose an iPhone, but you can lose a plane,” she wondered. “It’s a security story. It’s a safety story. It’s a personal story, and it’s a mystery.”

Kate Bolduan Expecting First Child

“New Day” co-anchor Kate Bolduan and her husband private equity investor Michael Gershenson are expecting their first child. “You all, without probably knowing it, have put up with some pretty gnarly morning sickness,” Bolduan said.

“You’ll have to deal with another baby,” John Berman said, pointing at Chris Cuomo. “I know, I’ve already got one,” Bolduan laughed while leaning on Cuomo.

And a fellow morning anchor who is also expecting, sent her congratulations.

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Zain Verjee Leaving CNN

zain verjeeAfter 14 years at CNN, Zain Verjee is leaving the network to start her own production company. Verjee anchors “World One” on CNN International.

“It’s been 14 years of friendship, growth, excitement and the greatest privilege anyone could ask for. From Nairobi to Atlanta, to Washington and New York to London and every major capital around the world in between,” Verjee wrote in a note sent to CNN staff this morning. “The assignments have been incredible.  I would like to thank each and every one of you for making it so special and so genuine for me.”

Verjee says she will be “creating and writing which I find personally fulfilling.” Read her full note after the jump. Read more

CNN Doubles Down on a Mix of Live News, Original Series and Films

photoCNN wants viewers to “go there.” And for CNN, “there” is everywhere.

The network announced today it is going to continue pushing the boundaries of traditional cable news by launching more exploratory programs weeknights at 9pmET hosted by proven TV talent: Mike Rowe, John Walsh and Lisa Ling, among them.

“What we did over the course of the last year was test that out,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker told TVNewser in an interview after his upfront presentation. He touted shows hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock, paired with documentaries like “Blackfish,” and “Chicagoland,” which complemented CNN’s breaking news coverage. “We were able to test out our ability to do both at the same time and that’s how we feel that it all works together,” Zucker says.

“As you see, none of this is about prison lockups,” Zucker joked, taking a jab at MSNBC’s popular “Lockup” franchise.

“Nobody should ever be confused about our commitment to live breaking news when it happens, as witnessed by the last six weeks,” Zucker said, refering to the network’s coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Zucker acknowledged a drop in live ratings when coverage of a breaking story stops, and a documentary begins. “Frankly, at the end of the day, we get paid on the DVR playback,” he says. Still, he vowed to pre-empt the new 9pm block when big news breaks.

We asked several CNN anchors what they thought of the new primetime lineup, “I think it’s cool,” Anderson Cooper told us. “There’s a lot of different ways to tell a story. To me, the storytelling makes sense the way it’s going to work.”

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CNN Adds Shows From Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling and John Walsh to Primetime

cnn rowe ling walshTwo weeks after Piers Morgan signed off from CNN’s primetime lineup, the network has announced plans for the 9pmET timeslot. Beginning this summer, CNN will air original series — like Anthony Bourdain‘s “Parts Unknown” and Morgan Spurlock‘s “Inside Man,” as well as several new series that are in development — during the hour.

In addition to “Parts Unknown” and “Inside Man,” CNN has announced shows with Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs,” John Walsh of “America’s Most Wanted” and Lisa Ling. The shows will rotate with CNN’s in-house documentaries, like the ten-part “The Sixties” and a new multi-part documentary from the producers of “Chicagoland,” in the 9pmET timeslot.

The network has also announced a new 10pmET show, “CNN Tonight,” that will be a live hour of news with a rotating cast of anchors.

The announcement from CNN is after the jump. Jordan will have more from the CNN Upfront this afternoon.  Read more

As Missing Plane Coverage Continues, ‘Crossfire’ Vanishes

Crossfire304x200One of CNN’s signature political shows remains off the air, despite the easing up of near-nonstop coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Today marks one month since “Crossfire” last aired. But it’s not for a lack of political news: the Affordable Care Act sign-up deadline, which lends itself to fiery debate, came and went; there have been primaries in several states leading up to the 2014 midterms, not to mention the jockeying for 2016, and then there’s the politics of foreign policy: Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East and beyond.

A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser the 6:30pmET show “will remain on hiatus this week, but will be back soon.”

CNN clearly sees value in the brand. Today at its Upfront, which TVNewser will be attending, the network will announce that “Crossfire Reloaded” is among the series from the new CNN Digital Studios.

The TV version of “Crossfire,” however, “is not easily adaptable to a single breaking news story, especially a missing airliner,” former senior executive at CBS, Fox, and Telemundo, Joe Peyronnin, tells TVNewser. Peyronnin says there’s a difference between “Crossfire” and news shows like those anchored by Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer, and Anderson Cooper.

“To allow ‘Crossfire’ to run at the height of viewer interest [in the missing plane story] would risk losing many viewers and break CNN’s coverage momentum,” Peyronnin says.

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Heather Childers Isn’t the First Anchor to Mix Up the NCAA and the NAACP

This morning the “Today” show played a clip of Fox News anchor Heather Childers who mistakenly called the UConn Huskies “the 2014 NAACP national champs.” Of course, they’re the NCAA champions. Childers corrected herself on air, and on Twitter wrote, “Just misspoke. Fuel 4 late night comics ;)

“I guess you guys don’t beleive in karma,” Savannah Guthrie said after the clip. “It’s happened to all of us,” Matt Lauer chimed in. WATCH:

On Twitter, Childers also pointed out she isn’t the first news anchor to mix up the NAACP and the NCAA. Look who else did:

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