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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Guests on Conan 1/30/13

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Letterman's Top Ten Changes at CNN

From last night's Late Night with David Letterman:

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Who's Out at CNN?

The rumors are flying around Mr. Zucker and who's in and who's out.  Here's what we know as of now:

According to the Washington Post Mark Whitaker, who joined CNN in 2011 as executive vice president and managing editor, responsible for editorial content, is quitting.  In a memo to staff today he said ' with a new leader who has his own “forceful ideas,” he thought it best to step aside'.

Erik Erikson wrote at Red State that he's leaving CNN. While he writes that it was a difficult decision we're not sure it was really his decision to make. 

Power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin are also out, according to FishbowlDC sources. So are Bill Bennett and Maria Cardona, although CNN Espanol will keep Cardona on staff.

TMZ is reporting that Ann Curry isn't being courted by Zucker, despite all those rumors people have been quoting for weeks now.

That's it for this hour, stay tuned........

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Chris Cuomo Signs with CNN

From the CNN pressrooom page:

Award-winning anchor and investigative reporter Chris Cuomo is joining CNN. He will have a major role in a new CNN morning show and across the network, anchoring and reporting on major events, it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide.

“Chris is an accomplished anchor who is already an established name in morning television, as well as a widely respected investigative journalist,” said Zucker. “What I love about Chris is that he is passionate about every story he tells, never forgets about the viewer, and represents the type of journalism that makes CNN great.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity to do what I value the most and hopefully to do the work that I do best,” said Cuomo. “While it’s very difficult to leave ABC News, a place filled with people I have loved working with for many years, I am excited about my future with CNN.”
Prior to joining CNN, Cuomo was co-anchor of the Emmy Award-winning ABC News newsmagazine 20/20 and chief law and justice correspondent for ABC News. In just the last year, he booked major interviews in the Madoff scandal, Rutgers student case, the John Edwards scandal, and with Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky’s victim No. 1. From September 2006 – December 2009, Cuomo was the news anchor for Good Morning America, and covered every major story at home and abroad during that time. Overseas, he was an embedded reporter in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Domestically, he distinguished himself covering the continuing problem of shootings like Virginia Tech, Ft. Hood, and the Pennsylvania Amish school shootings; hurricanes Katrina and Rita; the Sago Mine collapse, and the Minneapolis bridge collapse in August 2007. Cuomo has been honored with numerous industry accolades for his investigative reporting including multiple Emmy nominations and awards, a Polk, a Peabody, two Edward R. Murrows, a Loeb and the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Your Views on the News 1/25/13

We've gotten a little bit behind on our CNN press releases this week, so here's our catch up.  Now it's your turn to tell us what you think.  If you had Mr. Zucker's ear what suggestions would you offer?

Dana Bash:

CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president Sam Feist announced on Tuesday, “Please join me in congratulating Dana Bash who we have promoted to Chief Congressional Correspondent effective immediately. Week in and week out, Dana’s reporting and analysis make our air better. And we saw it again yesterday with Dana’s relentless efforts to land interviews in the Capitol Rotunda during our Inauguration coverage.”
Dana Bash is a three-time award winner of the prestigious Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress from the National Press Foundation.

Rachel Nichols:

CNN and Turner Sports have hired veteran ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols, it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide, and David Levy, President, Sales, Distribution & Sports, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Nichols will serve as a sports reporter for CNN and Turner Sports and will anchor a new weekend sports program on CNN/U.S. beginning later this year. Her CNN program will focus on the most interesting stories and personalities in the world of sports. In her role with Turner Sports, Nichols will handle a wide variety of assignments across the division’s vast sports properties including the NBA and Major League Baseball. Additionally, Nichols will cover all major sporting events, including the Olympics for CNN. Her first assignment will be the Super Bowl in New Orleans.

“We're just thrilled that a sports journalist of Rachel's stature and expertise will now be a regular part of the CNN lineup," said Zucker. "Her arrival, beginning next week, is an important step in expanding the range of programming and storytelling on CNN."

"Rachel is a high profile talent and skilled reporter and we are proud to have her join the Turner Broadcasting family," said Levy. "Rachel's broadcast experience covering a wide variety of assignments including breaking news, major sports events, human interest features and investigative pieces will be a perfect fit across Turner Sports' many properties and platforms."

"I couldn't be more excited to join the CNN and Turner Sports family,” said Nichols. “I believe in Jeff’s vision for CNN, and have always admired the great work of Turner Sports and what David has done there. I’m looking forward to getting started at the Super Bowl."

Prior to joining CNN and Turner Sports, Nichols spent nine years at ESPN, working as a correspondent for SportsCenter, NFL Countdown, NBA Countdown and the network's newsmagazine show, E:60, as well performing sideline duties on a number of Monday Night Football broadcasts. Earlier in her career, Nichols worked as a reporter for the Washington Post and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

A native of Potomac, Maryland, Nichols received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in televised and multimedia sports content, airing championship-level sporting events on TBS, TNT and truTV, and managing some of the most popular digital sports brands. Turner Sports’ television lineup includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, NASCAR and professional golf. The company’s digital portfolio includes Bleacher Report, and March Madness Live, and, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile websites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV,, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, and

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This Weekend's Programming 1/25 - 1/26/13

 SATURDAY, January 26, 2013
SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday 4:30PM – 5:00PM and Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay examines the hazards of chemical flame retardants. Ultimately, he reveals that not only can flame retardants cause health problems, but they are also ineffective. In addition, Sanjay talks with sportscaster Hannah Storm about her experience being caught in an explosion from her home grill. He provides useful tips and advice on grill safety.


The best of The Situation Room from the week of January 21, including chief political analyst Gloria Borger’s exclusive interview with Vice President Joe Biden.
Anchor:  Wolf Blitzer

TO CATCH A SERIAL KILLER – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM and Sunday 2:00AM
In small towns…across the Midwest…several young girls went missing.  Some were found murdered.  Others were never found at all.  And all of these cases went unsolved.  Investigators believed only one man knew what happened.  To get answers, it would take a risky, unusual plan: send a convicted drug dealer undercover into a dangerous prison to befriend an alleged serial killer.  At stake: answers, peace for grieving families, and one man’s freedom.  CNN’s Brooke Baldwin reports.

SUNDAY, January 27, 2013


Topics:   Future of American Foreign Policy; Hagel Confirmation Hearings; McChrystal’s Book
Guest:   Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Ret.), former U.S. Commander in Afghanistan; author, “My Share of the Task”
Guest:   Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.), former CIA Director
Topic:    Gun Control Legislation; Foreign Policy 
Guest:   Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Topic:    Way Forward for the GOP
Guest:   Mayor Mia Love (R-Saratoga Springs, UT); former candidate for Congress
Guest:   Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA)
Guest:   Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
Guest:   Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, former Secretary of Commerce; former Romney adviser
Anchor:  Candy Crowley


Topics:  Manti T’eo, Lance Armstrong, and the Guns Debate
Guest:   Bob Costas, NBC Sports

Topic:    Media Coverage of the Inauguration from Right and Left Perspectives
Guest:   Clarence Page, columnist, The Chicago Tribune
Guest:   David Frum, CNN contributor; contributing editor, Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Topic:   Jill Kelley's First Post-Petraeus Scandal Interview
Guest:   Amy Argetsinger, columnist, The Washington Post
FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM

Topics:    Parliamentary elections and political reforms inside Jordan; the continuing reverberations of the Arab Spring; what Israel’s election results mean for the rest of the Middle East; Iran’s nuclear ambitions
Guest:     King Abdullah, II, King of Jordan

Topic:      Russia’s support for the Assad regime; the Putin/Medvedev relationship; U.S./Russian relations; the Magnitsky Act; Russia’s ban against American adoptions
Guest:     Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia

Anchor:   Fareed Zakaria

THE NEXT LIST –  Airs Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM
This week 'The Next List' profiles Skip Rizzo, the mastermind behind a virtual therapy for military members suffering from PTSD. His current effort is called STRIVE, designed to prevent PTSD by intervening before a war deployment.

RED CARPET – Airs LIVE Sunday 6:30PM – 7:30PM
A.J. Hammer and Nischelle Turner will host a one-hour special Red Carpet on CNN Sunday, Jan. 27th at 6:30 p.m. They will be live from the Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet interviewing celebrities and previewing the projected winners and the Dick Van Dyke Tribute. The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards can be seen on TNT at 8 p.m.

WHO IS BLACK IN AMERICA? – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM and Monday 2:00AM
For her fifth exploration of African-American history, issues, and culture, CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien explores interpretations of race and identity for African Americans.  The latest U.S. Census reported 15 percent of new marriages are interracial, and one in seven American newborns are of mixed race, yet racial identity is often complicated by perspectives of community acceptance.  O’Brien follows the journeys of two high school seniors as they explore their own senses of racial identity, expressing their feelings through a spoken word workshop in Philadelphia.  O’Brien also interviews Drexel University professor Yaba Blay, spoken word artist Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio, anti-racism activist and author Tim Wise, and writer, speaker, and image activist Michaela Angela Davis about the historical roots of how race is often defined in America, the prejudicial concept of colorism, and discusses their reflections on categorizing people by race, and racial identity.

CNN Newsroom – Airs LIVE Sunday at 10:00PM
On Sunday, Jan. 27th at 10 p.m. (ET) a one hour special edition of CNN Newsroom anchored by Don Lemon will focus on Manti Te'o's major media interview looking at the questions that still remain, the psychology and culture of Catfishing, online dating and identity theft.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

And The Inauguration Ratings Winner Is......CNN!



According to Nielsen Fast National data, on Monday, January 21 the day of President Obama’s second inauguration, CNN was top rated during all key coverage blocks in total viewers, demo adults 25-54 and 18-34:

11:45am -12:15pm (Oath and Inaugural address):

CNN:              3.136m total viewers/1.107m adults 25-54/454k adults 18-34
FNC:               1.316m total viewers/294k adults 25-54/53k adults 18-34                
MSNBC:         2.273m total viewers/706k adults 25-54/291k adults 18-34
CNN tops competition combined in key demo 25-54 and 18-34

8-11pm (primetime)

CNN:              3.573m total viewers/1.266 adults 25-54/432k adults 18-34
FNC:               1.666m total viewers/254k adults 25-54/26k adults 18-34
MSNBC:         1.365m total viewers/456k adults 25-54/87k adults 18-34
CNN tops competition combined in total viewers, key demo 25-54 and 18-34

Total Day (6am-3am)

CNN:              1.923m total viewers/657k adults 25-54/236k adults 18-34
FNC:               1.104m total viewers/227k adults 25-54/28k adults 18-34
MSNBC:         1.095m total viewers/354k adults 25-54/91k adults 18-34
CNN tops competition combined in key demo 25-54 and 18-34

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