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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

There's Lots Happening This Week

I want to encourage everyone to tune in tonight for Soledad O'Brien's 'Escape From JonesTown'. It will premier at 9PM and repeat at midnight and reair Saturday and Sunday at 8 PM. The special takes a look back at the story of Jim Jones, a phony faith healer, who moved his Indiana church, in the mid-'70s, to Guyana, South America. Jones led his followers to their death after having a visiting congressman, Rep. Leo Ryan, and four others killed. Soledad tells the story of the last hours of Jonestown -- and the few who did survive. Here's a brief clip.

Heidi Collins interviewed President George W. Bush from the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid on Veterans’ Day. It was the President's first one-on-one interview since the election. I, like the majority of Americans, am not a Bush supporter but I did think that Heidi brought out a very likable, genuine person during their discussion. The interview appeared on several CNN programs on the 11th and 12th. Here is the segment that aired on Tuesday's AC360.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences revealed its slate of nominees for both business and financial reporting and promotional announcements recently. CNN Worldwide picked up four Emmy Award nominations this week in several different categories.

• CNN earned a nomination in “Outstanding Documentary on a Business Topic” for a 'Busted! Mortgage Meltdown' and SUI report CNN did in conjunction with Fortune magazine.
• In the category of “New Approaches to Business & Financial Reporting,” was cited for its weekly “Biz Green”.
• In the category of Promotional Announcements for News & Documentary, CNN earned two nominations. “Outstanding Promotional Announcement-Episodic” - Planet in Peril and God’s Warriors

The awards will be presented on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Rainbow Room in New York City.

Don't forget to cast your votes for the CNN Hero. Voting ends one week from today, Thursday November 20th.

I always enjoy a good laugh and this week it comes from the founder of CNN, Ted Turner. Mr. Turner doesn't appear to be much of a Lou Dobbs fan, take a look.

The next day Ted Turner stopped by CNN NY and did a sit down interview with Dobbs to promote his new book "Call Me Ted". The conversation was interesting, to say the least, and I could have listened to them jab for hours. Dobbs got in a few digs and aired the Letterman piece to get an explanation from Ted.

That's it for another week for me. ~Phebe

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