Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Highlight Of The Night From The CNN New Year's Eve Special

"Can I get a pap smear from Dr. Sanjay Gupta?" -- Kathy Griffin

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Coming To A Website Near You

A preview for the new Look for the show to launch on January 3rd at 6:00 AM, 12:00 and 4:00 PM, ET on HLN.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bonnie Schneider on CNN Domestic

Look for Bonnie Schneider tomorrow, December 24, on CNN's American Morning (6-9 AM ET) and on the morning editions of CNN Newsroom with Heidi Collins (9-11 AM ET) and Tony Harris (11 AM-1 PM ET).

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Advanced Quotes: Joe Biden on Larry King Live

Courtesy Larry King Live - Vice President-elect Biden on world’s expectations for the new administration
BIDEN: I think we are and you know, you asked me earlier if I am worried about the exceedingly high expectations that people have for President Barack Obama and I said domestically I wasn’t so worried about that but internationally I am. I have been contacted by so many world leaders. Their expectation for Barack’s presidency is overwhelming[ly]. They are so hungry to have an American leader who they think has a policy that reflects our stated values as well as one they can talk to.


Vice President-elect Biden on embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
BIDEN: I know in our system you are innocent until proven guilty but those tapes that were released by the special prosecutor, excuse me, by the U.S. attorney seem incredibly, incredibly incriminating. It’s a decision for the people of Illinois to make the legislature of Illinois to make but from where I sit he looks like a guy who is not capable of governing.


Vice President-elect Biden on President George W. Bush
BIDEN: It’s presumptuous to feel sorry for another man. But I feel somewhat – I feel somewhat badly for him. I think the incident in Iraq was – was unfortunate, that guy throwing the shoes. It was just – it was just uncalled for and was – I think that President Bush and, unlike Vice President Cheney, is, upon reflection beginning to acknowledge some of the serious, if not mistakes, misjudgments that he made.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

CNN International Changes

Have you noticed that CNN International is broadcasting from a new location within CNN Center in Atlanta? They are broadcasting from the former Headline News control room. Headline News stopped broadcasting their normal weekend programming from there when they moved into a new control room earlier this year.

CNN International is broadcasting from there because their current set is undergoing a complete renovation to debut sometime in early 2009.

More changes are in store for CNN International in 2009. We'll keep you informed on all of them as soon as we can.

Thanks to Thot on the forums for use of the screenshot!

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Weekend Programming Reflects on a Year of News in 2008

CNN Press Release - Special year-end editions of Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, Reliable Sources and After Party will air in the final weekend of 2008, Saturday, Dec. 27 and Sunday, Dec. 28.

Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Best of 2008 will examine a remarkable year in news and look ahead at what is in store for 2009. CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will be joined by members of the “Best Political Team on Television” to look back at newsmaker interviews during the year of a historic election and a global economic crisis. Interviews with key political and business leaders including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Sen. John McCain, President-elect Barack Obama, Gov. Sarah Palin and CNN founder Ted Turner. Airing Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET), Blitzer and the panel will look ahead at the incoming Obama administration and discuss the future of the GOP.

Howard Kurtz hosts Reliable Sources: A Year in Review to examine coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign and changes in the news business. Kurtz will be joined by Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor; Bill Press, radio talk show host; Terence Smith, former PBS media correspondent; and Jessica Yellin, CNN national political correspondent. The one-hour program will air in its usual time slot, Sunday at 10 a.m. (ET).

After Party will be moderated by David Brody, CNN political contributor and correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, and will air Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. (ET). Brody will host Michelle Cottle, senior editor at The New Republic; Christopher Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation; Stephen Hayes, senior writer at The Weekly Standard and CNN political contributor; and Tara Wall, deputy editorial page editor at The Washington Times and CNN political contributor. Guests will discuss the ailing economy, President-elect Obama’s plans upon taking office, foreign policy and the conservative-progressive divide in the United States.

A transcript of the program will be available at and from the Federal Document Clearing House.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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Downloads Section

We are beginning to populate our Downloads section. Be sure to check out great wallpapers for your computer!


Wednesday, December 17, 2008


TVNewser reports on Headline News becoming HLN. The new tagline for the network will be "News and Views." No programming changes will come with this new name, however with the network changes comes two personnel departures.

Linda Stouffer's last day with Headline News was Sunday. Carrie Lee's last day with CNN Business News/Headline News was Tuesday.

In other news, Rusty Dornin has left CNN.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

New CNN Graphics

This morning on American Morning, CNN Domestic debuted new graphics:

There is also a "flipper" (as opposed to a news ticker) that mimics the ticker from CNN International. My TV cuts that off, as you can see.

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New Headline News Logo

While watching Morning Express with Robin Meade this morning, I noticed that Headline News has changed their logo.

I apologize for the bad photo.'s Headline News pages have not yet been updated with the new logo.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

More Cuts at CNN

TVNewser reports that CNN Business News Anchor Carrie Lee is leaving the network. Her last day at Headline News is Tuesday. Also, FishbowlDC reports that Justice Department Correspondent Kelli Arena is also leaving the network.

The casualty count so far:

Kelli Arena, Justice Department Correspondent
Kathleen Koch, General Assignment Correspondent - Washington
Carrie Lee, Anchor - CNN Business News
Jamie McIntyre, Senior Pentagon Correspondent
Miles O'Brien, Science and Technology Correspondent/Substitute Anchor - The Situation Room

Stay tuned...

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CNN Digital is the No. 1 Video News Site According to Nielsen Video Census

CNN Press Release - and Register Best Months On Record

In October, CNN Digital secured the No. 1 spot in the Current Events and Global News category, as it served 134 million video streams – the highest month on record since tracking began in 2006. This is a 179 percent increase over this time last year. (Source: Nielsen Video Census, October 2008)

Compared to all competitors in the category for the month, CNN Digital also ranked No. 1 in:

- Streams Per Viewer with 16.2 per visitor;
- Total Time Spent with 407 million, a 22 percent increase versus last month; and
- Time Spent per Viewer with 49.2 minutes, 40-percent increase versus last month. ranked No.1 in the Financial News & Information category as it served over 28 million video streams—more than all other sites in the category combined. This is a 56 percent increase over September 2008 and the highest month on record for the site. also ranked No. 1 in Time Spent Viewing and reached an all-time high with 50 million viewing minutes. (Source: Nielsen Video Census, October 2008)

October usage of Live, the Internet’s only live, multi-stream video news service, was up more than 300 percent compared to last year, serving 10.5 million streams during the month. (Source: Omniture SiteCatalyst)

The International version of also had a record month for video in October, increasing the number of video streams it served by 225 percent over the same time last year. (Source: Omniture SiteCataylst)

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Keith Oppenheim and CNN

Although he's still listed on the Anchors/Reporters page as a Chicago-based correspondent for CNN Domestic, we just learned he left the network in January 2008.

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Kathleen Koch Leaves CNN

Another casualty of the DC shuffling is General Assignment Correspondent Kathleen Koch. TVNewser has the memo from Kathleen to her CNN colleagues.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Jamie McIntyre Leaves CNN

Politico has the internal memo sent from Jamie to fellow CNN staffers. He will definitely be missed at CNN.

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CNN Reorganizes D.C. Assignments as New Administration, Congress Approach

In the wake of its highly acclaimed coverage of the presidential election campaign, CNN is redeploying some of its Washington-based correspondents in preparation for the new Obama administration and the incoming 111th Congress.

“During the election, CNN’s political reporters established themselves as the class of television news, both cable and broadcast,” said David Bohrman, CNN’s senior vice president and D.C. bureau chief. “Now we’re positioning them in key roles that will ensure the most thorough and informative coverage as President Obama and Congress tackle the thorniest problems America has faced in our lifetimes.”

The changes come on the heels of the announcement that CNN’s lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will remain with the network through the next presidential election cycle and chief national correspondent John King will anchor a four-hour programming block on Sundays starting in January.

The noteworthy changes include:
· Ed Henry, who has provided comprehensive coverage of the Obama transition,becomes senior White House correspondent after coveringthe past two years of the George W. Bush White House and spending two years as CNN’s congressional correspondent. Suzanne Malveaux, who distinguished herself with exceptional coverage of the Obama presidential campaign and reported a two-hour documentary on the president-elect, returns to the White House. She will also serve as a primary substitute anchor for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.Boston bureau chief and correspondent Dan Lothian, who reported extensively from the campaign trail in both 2004 and 2008, will become a White House correspondent as well.
· Dana Bash, who broke numerous exclusives while covering the Republican primaries and the McCain campaign, is named senior congressional correspondent. Bash has covered Congress for nearly a decade and was honored with the prestigious Dirksen Award in 2002. She will be joined on Capitol Hill by Brianna Keilar, who has served as a general assignment correspondent for the network for nearly three years and covered Capitol Hill and the White House during the election campaign.
· Jessica Yellin, one of the standouts of CNN’s presidential campaign coverage, becomes national political correspondent. In addition to The Situation Room, Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull and John King’s Sunday block, Yellin will file daily reports for CNN’s prime-time programming analyzing the most important stories on politics, policy and culture.
· Jill Dougherty is named foreign affairs correspondent. Dougherty,who covered the Clinton White House for CNN and then served as Moscow bureau chief and correspondent and managing editor for Asia/Pacific based in Hong Kong, will track Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton’s stewardship of American foreign policy.
· Correspondent Chris Lawrence, a veteran of the Navy Reserve who has spent four years as a general assignment correspondent in CNN’s Chicago and Los Angeles bureaus, becomes a Pentagon correspondent.
· Zain Verjee becomes news anchor for The Situation Room and will also file special reports for the program. While serving as CNN’s State Department correspondent for the past two years, Verjee traveled with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to more than a dozen countries, including Israel, Libya, Russia and South Korea. She also covered the violent conflicts in Kenya, her native country.
· Elaine Quijano shifts from the White House to general assignment correspondent to cover other Beltway issues while continuing to cover the White House. She will be joined by Kate Bolduan, who has been reporting for the network for months and officiallymoves from CNN’s Newsource affiliate service.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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CNN Press Release - 'CNN Today' and 'Talk Asia', two of CNN's flagship programs produced in the network's regional headquarters in Hong Kong, scooped prizes at the prestigious Asian Television Awards held yesterday in Singapore.

Overcoming extensive competition from across the region, ‘CNN Today’ was selected as Asia-Pacific’s Best News Program. Airing twice every weekday and anchored by Hugh Riminton and Kristie Lu Stout it features on-location reports from around Asia-Pacific and beyond, headline-making interviews and real time business updates. In 2008 special editions have focused on events including the Sichuan earthquake, Cyclone Nargis and the Mumbai bombings.

"This is a fantastic achievement that further underlines the quality of CNN International’s output from the Asia-Pacific region," said Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director CNN International. "CNN Today is agenda-setting viewing for our audience who demand credible, impartial and up-to-the-minute news that shapes their business day.”

Hosted by Anjali Rao, CNN's weekly half-hour chat show ‘Talk Asia’ took the Asian Television Award for‘Best Talk Show’. Every week it explores the personalities behind the newsmakers in the fields of arts, politics, sports, business and more. “The award for Talk Asia is timely recognition for a program that has featured a formidable series of guests including President Clinton, Yao Ming, Jackie Chan and Ban Ki-Moon in the past few months alone” Tony Maddox added.

The two awards in Singapore come in the wake of CNN’s content ownership strategy that has seen the global deployment of ten new correspondents and more than forty newsgathering staff in 2008.

CNN is the world's leading global 24-hour news network and one of the world's most respected and trusted sources for news and information. The CNN brand is available to two billion people via 18 CNN branded TV, internet and mobile services produced by CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System Inc and a Time Warner company. CNN International is the international directorate of CNN Worldwide and distributes news via 14 services in seven different languages. CNN International can be seen in more than 232 million television households and hotel rooms in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, including more than 36 million across the Asia Pacific region and online at

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

New CNN Health Website

CNN's Health and Medical Unit, led by Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has launched a new Health website, CNNhealth, available at

Dr. Gupta blogs about this new website:

For over a year now, we at CNN have been busy working on a new Web site.
Dozens of people came together to try and figure out what our Web users really
wanted. You probably know is already one of the most visited news sites
in the world, and when it came to health, we knew we had to deliver something
special. It had to be a place where you could not only get the latest news in
the world of health, but also the knowledge that could improve your life every
single day. It had to be a place where you could feel confident in the
information you were getting, but also offered a way to communicate directly
with experts, who are the very best at what they do. It had to rise above the
clutter that has become a characteristic of so many health sites and it also had
to appeal to your brain… and to your heart. It had to become an essential
part of your life.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008 Puts Users at Forefront of Planet in Peril: Battle Lines

CNN Press Release - Site Offers Exclusive Online Footage, Video, Expert Commentary and Behind-the-Scenes Photography complements the second installment of CNN’s award-winning Planet in Peril documentary series with an online investigation of environmental conflicts around the world through Web-exclusive content including interactive maps, commentaries, slideshows, blogs, video logs and photo galleries.

For Planet in Peril: Battle Lines, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and The Oprah Winfrey Show correspondent and National Geographic host Lisa Ling travel to the front lines of environmental conflicts where countries, communities and individuals are fighting over oil, land, water and food. The documentary, taped in high definition, will air Thursday, Dec. 11, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ET) on CNN/U.S. with a simulcast on CNN International.

At, offers users a companion special online report for the documentary complete with:

· Interactive Maps: Enable users to pin-point environmental battle lines across the eight countries on four continents examined in the documentary;

· Photo Galleries and Audio Slideshows: Showcase stunning still photography from the field as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Planet in Peril: Battle Lines;

· Exclusive Video Blogs: Feature behind-the-scenes footage, providing viewers a first-hand look at the making of Planet in Peril; and

· Opinion/Editorial Commentaries: Present the positions of the world's most-influential environmental experts and activists on the issues affecting the environment from global warming to endangered species.’s special Planet in Peril section also utilizes CNN’s global Impact Your World initiative to introduce users who may be interested in joining in the global effort to various charities dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment. More information about these environmental charities and Impact Your World can be found at Additionally, users are encouraged to share their personal stories of how they are taking care of the environment through Selected stories submitted to could be featured on other CNN networks and services.

CNN Mobile Live, CNN Mobile’s live streaming video news service, provides users with the ability to watch the live broadcast of Planet in Peril. CNN Mobile Live is currently available on live video streaming services from Sprint and AT&T. is the world's No. 1 destination for online and wireless news, garnering the greatest audience share of total minutes among current events and global news sites. Launched in 1995, draws from the resources of CNN Worldwide and its many partners to provide consumers with the most enriching, immediate interaction with news anywhere, seamlessly combining articles, videos, images, interactive features and user-generated content.’s news video offering – both live and on-demand – is unparalleled on the Web.’s recent awards include an Edward R. Murrow award, a National Headliner award, four EPpy awards and the Online News Association’s award for general excellence.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Veronica De La Cruz and Jennifer Eccleston Leave CNN

TVNewser scoops that American Morning Internet Correspondent and CNN/Headline News substitute anchor Veronica De La Cruz (pictured) is leaving the network at the end of the year. Her contract was not renewed.

Rome-based International Correspondent Jennifer Eccleston has also left the network. She left in August, however her bio was just recently removed from the website.

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Wolf Blitzer Re-ups; John King Takes Helm of New Four-Hour Sunday Program

CNN Press Release - Following an election year in which its innovative coverage set new records for viewership and outdrew both the broadcast and cable news networks on Election Night, CNN is ensuring that Wolf Blitzer will continue serving as its lead political anchor through the next presidential race, while tapping John King to lead a bold new Sunday block of political programming.

Blitzer, who led CNN’s election coverage, has extended his contract as CNN’s lead political anchor and will continue to anchor the 15 hours of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, which airs weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (ET). Throughout November, The Situation Room was the No. 1-rated weekday news program in all three hours among the key demo.

Following his break-out reporting during the election season, King will take the helm of a new Sunday four-hour news block from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET), debuting in January. The program will offer a unique blend of newsmaker interviews, political analysis, national and world affairs, cultural segments, media analysis and commentary.

“Wolf will continue redefining political coverage on television, as he’s done so successfully during this election. Wolf has driven CNN’s election coverage to No. 1 on primary and election nights and he has built The Situation Room into a dominant weekday program,” said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. “We are reinventing Sunday mornings around the best political reporter of his generation, John King. He has stood out throughout the election as the single best connected, most knowledgeable source of what’s going on and why, and this new program is an opportunity to showcase those strengths throughout the entire year.”

The first hour of the new program will focus heavily on politics and the new administration, while the later hours will delve into national and world affairs and commentary on current events. The four-hour programming block will also include Reliable Sources, hosted by Howard Kurtz, which will continue as an hour-long examination into the intersection of the national media, politics, and the hottest topics in news.

In addition to utilizing CNN’s unparalleled, worldwide newsgathering resources, King will integrate extensive reporting from the field nationally and globally. King will also incorporate innovative “Magic Wall” technology, which was instrumental during coverage of the 2008 election, to visually enhance reporting and story-telling. The program also will offer up thoughtful conversation with regional experts, pundits and CNN analysts and contributors.

As CNN’s lead anchor for the network’s political coverage, Blitzer has moderated several of CNN’s presidential primary debates and anchored coverage of the key primary and caucus nights as well as Election Night 2008. Since joining CNN in 1990, he has interviewed some of recent history's most notable figures including President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and former presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. Blitzer has also interviewed many foreign heads of state—former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former South African President Nelson Mandela, among them—from locations around the world.

King, who joined the network in 1997 after a 12-year career at the Associated Press, will continue to hold the title of chief national correspondent in addition to his new role as anchor. He was an integral part of CNN’s innovative “America Votes 2008” coverage of the presidential campaign, traveling to important early election states to cover and interview major candidates, breaking news about campaign developments and pioneering the use of the CNN “Magic Wall.” During his time at CNN, he also served as the network’s senior White House correspondent. The 2008 campaign marked the sixth presidential election King has covered. In addition, he has reported extensively across the United States and the world, including the first Gulf War, the war in Iraq and the Southeast Asia tsunami.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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Headline News Announces Weekend Show with Money Coach Clark Howard

CNN Press Release - Clark Howard Debuts Jan. 3 to Empower Viewers to ‘Save More, Spend Less and Avoid Getting Ripped Off!’

Headline News today announced that nationally syndicated radio show host and money coach Clark Howard will debut a new weekend program on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009. Every week, Clark Howard will help viewers make smart financial decisions in all aspects of their lives as they face an increasingly dire economy. Howard’s mantra each show: Help viewers “save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off!”

Clark Howard will air Saturdays and Sundays at 6 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. (ET). Two 30-minute shows will air back-to-back, featuring the best calls from Howard’s daily national radio program, The Clark Howard Show.

“We’re proud to add Clark to our Headline News weekend lineup, particularly in a time when so many consumers are wondering what’s next for our economy,” said Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN Worldwide. “Clark is not only genuinely interested in helping people manage their money but is a straight shooter who we believe will help cut through the clutter and offer viewers the financial insights they need.”

Each show will include a “Money Coach” segment, where Howard profiles finances of individual callers to reveal the best ways for them to take control of their money. “Clark’s Consumer Tip of the Day” will offer viewers easy-to-understand, practical advice on how to save money daily, while “Clark’s Travel Tips” will offer “insider” travel tips.

"I’m so excited to give Headline News viewers the opportunity to learn how to take control of their wallets,” Howard said. “We’re in tough times, and the more you know, the more power you have.”

Leading up to the launch of his show, Howard will provide reports on Headline News to help viewers save money during the holiday season.

Clark Howard will have an online presence at, allowing viewers and users to submit questions and to interact with him across multiple platforms. The site will also include Web-exclusive segments and useful links.

Howard’s radio program The Clark Howard Show is now heard nationally on more than 225 radio stations. A successful entrepreneur, newspaper columnist and best-selling author, Howard found his way onto the radio after he was asked to be a guest on a radio show about travel. The response was so positive that he was given his own program, The Clark Howard Show. The show originates from Atlanta’s WSB-AM with Christa DiBiase as executive producer. The Clark Howard Show is syndicated by Dial Global.

Howard’s most recent book, 2007’s Clark Smart Real Estate, addresses relevant issues in today’s mortgage crisis. He has published eight books in total, with Get Clark Smart in 2002 and Clark's Big Book of Bargains in 2003 both charting on the New York Times Bestsellers List. He is also a reporter on ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Headline News, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, updates viewers constantly, 24 hours each day, with complete and concise national newscasts throughout the day and a compelling slate of legal, entertainment and talk programs during Headline Prime at night. The network delivers fast-paced, lively and engaging news, using the best resources of CNN Worldwide. Headline News is designed especially for viewers who want relevant and comprehensive news in a way that suits the urgency of their schedules.

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Secretary Rice to Appear Sunday on CNN’s Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer

CNN Press Release - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will appear on CNN’s Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer on Sunday, Dec. 7. As her tenure comes to a close, Rice will discuss her legacy, her successor and key issues that will carry into the Obama administration, including the fight against international terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Anchor Wolf Blitzer will also be joined by Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) and Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Penn.) to discuss the auto industry’s appeal to Congress for a bailout loan and President-elect Obama’s Cabinet selections.

Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer airs Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET) and is seen in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Lucy Spiegel is the program’s senior executive producer and Linda Roth is the executive producer.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

New Blog from CNN International Sport

Check out for a new sports blog from CNN International's Pedro Pinto.

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Miles O'Brien Leaving CNN -- Science and Technology Department Folds

TVNewser has the breaking news of former American Morning, CNN Saturday Morning, Live From..., Science and Techology Week, Primetime, and Headline News anchor and current Science and Technology correspondent and The Situation Room Substitute Anchor Miles O'Brien is leaving the network after 16 years.

With his leaving, also leaving CNN are 7 producers in the Science and Techology Unit.

Read more here... including statements from CNN (if you want to call theirs a proper statement) and Miles.

Connect with Miles at and

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Blitzer, The Situation Room Claim Top Spot in Critical Time Slot for November

CNN Press Release - Throughout November, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer led The Situation Room to become the highest-rated broadcast in its entire three-hour time slot among cable news competition in the 25-54 demographic. According to Nielsen data, more viewers in the key demo turned to Blitzer and The Situation Room at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. (ET) than to any cable news program on Fox News or MSNBC during those hours. Viewers who turned into The Situation Room had a front row seat to a variety of coverage, from the presidential election to breaking news.

“The idea that we can be No. 1 in cable news producing the kind of journalism we produce day in and day out is unbelievably rewarding,” said Sam Feist, CNN’s political director. “It means that the American public has chosen The Situation Room to learn about what's happening in their world, on the campaign trail, and in Washington.”

At 4 p.m., The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer averaged 402,000 demo viewers, 20 percent ahead of Fox News’ Your World average of 336,000 and 91 percent more than MSNBC Live’s 210,000. At 5 p.m., The Situation Room averaged 418,000 demo viewers, a 24 percent advantage over the 338,000 for Fox News’ Election Headquarters and 32 percent ahead of the 317,000 for MSNBC’s Hardball. At 6 p.m., The Situation Room averaged 508,000 demo viewers, 4 percent ahead of the 487,000 for Fox News’ Special Report with Brit Hume and 67 percent ahead of the 305,000 for MSNBC’s Race to the White House.

The Situation Room airs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (ET). Eric Sherling is the program’s executive producer.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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King Garners First Interview with President Zardari since Mumbai Attacks

CNN Pressroom - In his first interview since the Mumbai, India, terrorist attacks last week, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari responds to allegations of Pakistan’s possible involvement in the incidents. This exclusive interview with Larry King airs tonight on CNN’s Larry King Live at 9 p.m. (ET).

Larry King Live airs nightly from 9-10 p.m. (ET). For more information on upcoming shows or to locate past transcripts, visit Wendy Walker is the senior executive producer of Larry King Live.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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Ali Velshi Now "Chief"

Ali Velshi has quietly assumed the position of "Chief Business Correspondent". I noticed it on a couple of shows, and thought maybe it was an error (not that he isn't qualified, mind you!) but confirms it.

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CNN Presents: Scream Bloody Murder - Thursday!

Don't forget, CNN Presents: Scream Bloody Murder premieres Thursday night during the Larry King Live time slot.

From They tried to stop the killing. Nobody listened. Now, the truth will be told. CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour traveled to the killing fields of Europe, Africa and Asia to understand the world's indifference, even as courageous voices tried to "Scream Bloody Murder."

You can learn more about this special at

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CNN Press Release - CNN Radio senior producer Tyler Moody has been promoted to director of audio programming for CNN Radio, it was announced Monday by Jerry DeMink, vice president of CNN News Services.

Moody will be responsible for all aspects of CNN Radio programming such as handling daily affiliate live shot requests for CNN Radio correspondents, short- and long-form newscasts, podcasts, online audio streams, talk shows and breaking news. In addition, he will be instrumental in the production of special events such as CNN Radio's political coverage and live talk programming comparable to those that originated from the CNN Grills during the national party conventions in Denver and Minneapolis.

Moody was a coordinating producer and anchor for CNN Radio from 1999 to 2001, returning in 2005 as a senior producer.

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CNN Statement Regarding Accusations of Network Risking Lives in India

Official CNN Statement:

This story is not true.

CNN has been told by Lynne Shaw that the accusations reported to have been made by her in the UK Press Association story are not accurate. She has no issue with CNN.

The alleged broadcast never happened and CNN at no time compromised her or the safety of her husband as reported.

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CNN Press Release - CNN today announced the appointment of Anna Coren to the network’s Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Hong Kong.

Coren takes up her post following more than ten years at broadcasters in Australia where she held a variety of positions, most recently as a presenter on The Seven Network’s ‘Today Tonight’ national current affairs program. In 2006 she served as the network’s bureau chief in Los Angeles from where she covered stories including the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. Prior to joining The Seven Network, she spent four years as a reporter and presenter for The Nine Network based in Sydney.

“Anna has played an integral role in coverage of some of the most significant global news stories in recent years,” said Katherine Green, Senior Vice President Programming for CNN International. “We’re delighted to add a journalist of her experience, depth and passion to our Hong Kong news centre and we look forward to her working as part of our award-winning team”, she added.

In her career to date, Coren has covered a broad portfolio of major international news stories including the terrorist attacks in Bali and London, the Tsunami and several Australian elections. Coren received her Bachelor of Arts in communications from Sydney’s Charles Sturt University.

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CNN Press Release - Donatella Versace is one of the most recognizable faces in the fashion world. She oversees the global business for one of the world’s most famous fashion and lifestyle brands. On this week’s TALK ASIA, Donatella takes CNN’s Anjali Rao exclusively backstage twenty minutes before the label’s first fashion show in China. She then sits down with Rao and explains what life after her brother Gianni’s passing was like for her and the business and how she took the Versace company in her own direction beyond just clothing. Donatella also discusses the growing appetite for Versace in China and reveals what motivates her to link her show to charity whilst also providing a few of her personal fashion tips.

Donatella Versace draws from many inspirations. She dedicated her Spring/Summer 2009 collection to President-elect Barack Obama “for his mind more than his person” and for her ‘first’ fashion show in China she was motivated to do the show in aid of the earthquake victims in Sichuan because of what she saw: “I was very very touched by what I saw…”

On expanding her business in China and the market there, she is aware that it is different from any other country she’s been in. She says: “Chinese people view fashion in a different way from other people. They want the real thingThey want the real picture.” The brand’s commitment to the market there is something she’s proud of: “Versace was one of the first brands, if not the first brand to open a shop in China. It was in 1979, so nobody else was here. Versace was the first brand, Italian brand to open in China.”

Donatella Versace sees fashion as constantly evolving and since her brother Gianni’s days when everything was ‘louder’ and ‘sexy’ and ‘revealing’ she took the company in a direction she calls her own: “glamour, femininity and sensuality in a more sophisticated way, in a more toned down way, but still sexy.” She reminisces about times when Versace was credited with inventing the supermodel concept and bringing fashion to life on the runway.

On her brother Gianni, she talks about the dynamic between them and how much love they had for one another. Born into a tight Italian family Donatella Versace said: “when Gianni became a big fashion star I was the only one who told him the truth.” His passing threw her and her family into immense grief: “It was very very hard for me, for my family, for my children. For everybody because Gianni was more than a brother. We were always together.” With the world’s eyes on her and what her intentions was going to be for the business, Donatella Versace admits how she struggled in the beginning: “I made my mistakes in the beginning because I didn’t know if I follow exactly Gianni’s steps or find my own way and I was you know suffering from my brothers death.” but eventually came through: “So I had to keep this strong face, and be sure of myself and must go on.”

For more program information and to view video excerpts of past interviews visit the TALK ASIA site


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