Transcript: CNN Presidential Town Hall: America's Military and The Commander and Chief
September 28th, 2016
10:26 PM ET

Transcript: CNN Presidential Town Hall: America's Military and The Commander and Chief

CNN’s Jake Tapper sat down with President Obama in Fort Lee, Virginia, home of the Combined Arms Support Command, for a CNN Presidential Town Hall to discuss veterans, national security and foreign policy issues impacting the US Military.  

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 JAKE TAPPER, HOST :  Good evening from Fort Lee in Virginia.  We are coming to you from this U.S. Army installation for a crucial conversation with the military and the commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, about some of the most pressing issues facing the United States today, our national security, our leadership abroad, the service of more than 2 million troops in our active and reserve forces, and the condition of our more than 20 million veterans.  

These exceptional men and women comprise the finest military force in the world, bravely tackling a host of challenges from conventional threats abroad to helping prevent terror from coming to our shores.  Yet, it is a critical time for the military.  With unresolved debate over size and scope and mandate, and the role of women in armed forces, and the treatment of veterans, who often come home only to feel as though they are still at war.

 This evening, we brought together people here who represent all branches.  Military spouses, their children, their parents, including those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, gold start families.  And we want to hear from as many of them as we can in the hour ahead.  These men and women are incredibly proud of their service and incredibly proud of their country, but today, they're going to focus on the challenges they face.  No subject is off limits.  President Obama will arrive momentarily, but before we begin this very special hour, please stand for the Army Logistics University Color Guard and the national anthem which will be sung by Staff Sergeant Tiara Brown.

TAPPER:  And now, the commander-in-chief.  This is the first time a president of the United States has ever visited this installation.  Please join me in welcoming President Barack Obama.  

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:  Thank you.

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CNN DIGITAL TOPS ALL COMPETITORS IN AUGUST, RANKS #1 IN EVERY KEY METRIC
September 28th, 2016
02:34 PM ET

CNN DIGITAL TOPS ALL COMPETITORS IN AUGUST, RANKS #1 IN EVERY KEY METRIC

16TH STRAIGHT MONTH AS #1 IN DIGITAL NEWS VIDEO

CNN Digital continued its streak as the #1 news destination in August 2016, outpacing all news and information competitors with more multiplatform unique visitors, mobile unique visitors, multiplatform views, multiplatform minutes, video starts and video minutes than any other news outlet. August also marked the network’s 16th straight month as the number one source for digital news video.

#1 IN MULTIPLATFORM UNIQUE VISITORS
Up 19% YOY, CNN attracted more than 101 million unique multiplatform visitors in August 2016, outpacing second place Yahoo News by 8 million and third place New York Times by 15 million visitors.

CNN: 101 Million Unique Visitors

  • Yahoo News – 93 million uniques
  • The New York Times – 86 million uniques
  • HuffingtonPost.com – 82.5 million uniques
  • WashingtonPost.com – 82.4 million uniques
  • USAToday.com – 74 million uniques

Source: comScore MultiPlatform based on CNN Brand entity — August 2016

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CNN GREENLIGHTS SECOND SEASON OF EMMY-NOMINATED SERIES UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA WITH W. KAMAU BELL
September 28th, 2016
10:52 AM ET

CNN GREENLIGHTS SECOND SEASON OF EMMY-NOMINATED SERIES UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA WITH W. KAMAU BELL

NEW YORK – Sept. 28, 2016 – CNN has picked up a second season (eight episodes) of the critically-acclaimed docuseries, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.  The top-rated CNN Original Series, which was nominated for an Emmy® and TCA Award in its first season, will return to the network this spring.

“We are beyond thrilled with the positive response United Shades of America received in its freshman season,” said Amy Entelis, EVP of Talent and Content Development, CNN Worldwide. “Kamau has an unparalleled ability to use his natural curiosity and sense of humor to ignite necessary and sometimes tough conversations around race and society in this country.”

United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell follows the comedian as he explores communities across the country, using comedy to start a conversation about race and how our differences unite and divide us. Each hour-long episode strives to show the country is not built upon just one, but many diverse and colorful definitions of America.

United Shades of America ranked #1 among adults 25-54 across cable news in its time period and attracted the youngest audience. The series is produced by Objective Media Group/All3Media America with Bell, Jimmy Fox, Greg Lipstone and Layla Smith serving as executive producers.

About CNN Original Series

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production.  Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide.  Lizzie Kerner Fox, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.

Contact: Heather Brown; ‪212-275-8428;Heather.Brown@turner.com

 

CNN To Release Unprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything
September 28th, 2016
07:34 AM ET

CNN To Release Unprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything

Featuring a foreword from CNN’s Jake Tapper and an introduction by historian Douglas Brinkley, the first-ever book from CNN Politics will document two Americas—their battle, their beliefs, their fears and their hopes for the future. Packed with exclusive, stunning photography and new, revelatory reporting from the front lines, Unprecedented will detail the most exciting election of all time in the way that only CNN can.

Produced and published by Melcher Media, Unprecedented is scheduled for release on December 6, 2016, only weeks after the election is called for a new president. Full of drama and derision, the 2016 election is playing out against a high-stakes backdrop of war, terrorism, economic anxiety and the sudden death of an influential Supreme Court justice. Any outcome will be unprecedented, whether voters elect Hillary Clinton the first woman president, or Donald Trump, the blustery billionaire who breaks all the rules. CNN’s account will let you hold history in your hands.

Authored by top CNN Politics writer Thomas Lake and edited by award-winning veteran political reporter Jodi Enda, Unprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything will divulge behind-the-scenes secrets and stories from the campaign trail and shed light on how the ultimate victor triumphed. The book will be filled with revealing accounts, beautiful photojournalism from award-winning photographers and insightful infographics.

Pre-order Unprecedented now at www.cnn.com/book.

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About Melcher Media
Melcher Media is an award-winning producer of books and digital media. Known for its high-quality content creation and innovative design, Melcher Media has produced more than 130 print titles, including 25 New York Times bestsellers, in addition to apps, eBooks, websites, videos, and events. Since its founding in 1995, Melcher Media has built a reputation as a world leader in helping companies, institutions, and authors tell their stories.

9.805 Million Watch the First Presidential Debate on CNN
September 27th, 2016
01:43 PM ET

9.805 Million Watch the First Presidential Debate on CNN

CNN #1 in Key Demos 25-54 and 18-34

CNN Top Rated during Post Debate Coverage Block among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54

CNN Digital Reaches 2.4 Million Live Streams

A record 9.805 million total viewers watched last night’s first Presidential Commission Debate on CNN according to Nielsen Fast National data.  MSNBC lagged far behind with 4.895 million and Fox News had 11.359 million.

CNN was #1 in cable news among adults 25-54 with 4.435 million, +26% more than Fox News’ 3.525 million and +181% more than MSNBC’s 1.576 million.  In younger viewers (18-34), CNN topped the other cable news networks combined, with 2.202 million to Fox News’ 1.138 million and MSNBC’s 573k.

During the post-debate coverage block (10:45pm-1:00am), CNN was top-rated in total viewers with 5.149 million, Fox News placed second with 4.617 million and MSNBC was third with 3.251 million.  Among adults 25-54, CNN also outperformed the cable news nets with 2.167m to Fox News’ 1.464 million to MSNBC’s 1.006 million.

In prime time (8-11pm), CNN was #1 among adults 25-54 with 3.392 million, Fox followed with 2.704 million and MSNBC had 1.241 million. FULL POST


Topics: CNN Press Releases • Ratings
CNN To Live Stream The Debate on CNN.com
September 26th, 2016
03:36 PM ET

CNN To Live Stream The Debate on CNN.com

CNN will live stream the first presidential debate on CNN.com’s homepage, across mobile devices and via apps on iOS and Android, starting at 8:00pm ET. The live stream will add to CNN Politics' live coverage and analysis including updates from CNN’s Reality Check team.


Topics: 2016 Election • CNN Digital • CNN DIGITAL
Q3: CNN HAS BEST QUARTER IN EIGHT YEARS
September 26th, 2016
01:42 PM ET

Q3: CNN HAS BEST QUARTER IN EIGHT YEARS

Dominates MSNBC for 10th Straight Quarter

Smallest Gap with Fox News in 7 Years

 CNN Strong #2 in Cable News

CNN had its most-watched quarter in eight years among both total viewers and adults 25-54 in the third quarter of 2016, which officially ended Sunday.

In prime time, CNN had its second best quarter in eight years in both total viewers and adults 25-54 (since 4Q 2008).

All of this came despite very difficult comparisons to a year ago (September 2015), when CNN broadcast a record setting GOP Republican Presidential debate at the Reagan Library, making this year’s performance that much more impressive.

For the quarter (July-September), CNN ranked a strong #2 in cable news in Total Day among both total viewers and adults 25-54, posting its smallest gap with Fox News in seven years in total viewers. CNN also finished second in prime time in cable news among adults 25-54.

CNN had impressive growth this quarter, increasing its audience by high double to triple digits vs. a year ago, even despite the tough comparisons to last year. FULL POST


Topics: CNN Press Releases • Ratings
PREVIEW: CNN INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME INFORMATION WEEKS 41 & 42
South African Chef Reuben Riffel (pictured, right)
September 23rd, 2016
01:05 PM ET

PREVIEW: CNN INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME INFORMATION WEEKS 41 & 42

Culinary Journeys: Reuben Riffel

Thursday 20 October at 0930 BST / 1030 CET

Friday 21 October at 0430 BST / 0530 CET

Saturday 22 October at 0530 BST / 0630 CET and 1630 BST / 1730 CET

‘Culinary Journeys’ in October heads to the rainbow nation for an exploration of South African cuisine with the country’s top chef, Reuben Riffel (pictured, right).

Born and raised in the Western Cape, chef Riffel built an impressive reputation at his harbour-front restaurant, the One&Only before becoming one of the most recognisable faces in the country as a judge on ‘MasterChef South Africa’.

Riffel embarks on a journey for CNN to explore a food tradition which unites people across the country – braai.

Meaning ‘barbecue’ in Afrikaans, this method of cooking over a wood fire is a chance for family and friends to gather over juicy steaks and sausages.

Along the way Riffel visits some of Cape Town’s liveliest food locations – learning the art of shisa nyama (meaning ‘burnt meat’ in Zulu) by working the grills at the famous Mzoli’s before picking up spices and sweet treats in the colourful Bo Kaap neighbourhood.

Riffel also travels beyond the city to visit Renata Coetzee, a food historian and nutritionist who has helped to nurture a garden of indigenous herbs used by the native people of southwestern Africa.

Concluding his journey, Riffel celebrate with a braai in the heart of the Cape Winelands: a true appreciation of friends, food and hospitality.

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CNN Wins Four News And Documentary Emmy Awards
September 22nd, 2016
12:20 PM ET

CNN Wins Four News And Documentary Emmy Awards

CNN Worldwide was awarded with four Emmy ® Awards at the 37th Annual News and Documentary Awards held last night in New York. CNN’s diverse recognitions include:

Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

Anderson Cooper 360, Europe’s Refugee Crisis – Reports by CNN’s Arwa Damon

For months CNN’s Arwa Damon and her team followed the unprecedented wave of refugees coming to Europe, moving with them through the corridors of passage, and bringing a sense of immediacy to an unpredictable story with many lives at stake. The team showed exceptional grit and commitment, broadcasting live from all manner of transport as the refugees tried to push on through Europe to get to Germany, their preferred destination. The team’s endurance and skill was best illustrated by their race through cornfields with fleeing refugees, after the migrants broke out of a holding camp in Hungary where they were frustrated at being made to wait. The field team reacted quickly and managed to maintain a serious level of production at a fast clip. This distinctive work helped nudge European leaders to review their inconsistent immigration policies and deal urgently with the pressing needs of the refugees. FULL POST


Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper • Arwa Damon • Awards • CNN • CNN Films • The Seventies
CNNMoney exposes company that has processed tens of millions of dollars in global fraud
September 22nd, 2016
10:56 AM ET

CNNMoney exposes company that has processed tens of millions of dollars in global fraud

Born out of CNNMoney’s award-winning series that unraveled the massive $200 million Maria Duval psychic scam, a new months-long investigation exposes how a little-known company named PacNet has processed millions of dollars raked in by global mail schemes.

The frauds target the sick and elderly - leaving them with nothing. While con artists perpetrate the scams, PacNet deposits the checks.

As part of their exclusive investigation, CNNMoney Senior Writers Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken broke the news of an unprecedented crackdown by the U.S. government against PacNet and the companies with which it works. The government says PacNet is part of an international network that has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from millions of elderly victims.

While PacNet says it has never knowingly processed payments for scammers and that it does everything in its power to prevent fraud, CNNMoney has found that it has repeatedly given scammers the crucial ability to get their hands on money from victims.

In addition, CNNMoney’s multi-part investigation tells the stories of some of these victims whose checks to scammers were cashed by PacNet: 

  • In a little more than a year, one 91-year-old Iowa woman sent more than $29,000 to psychic and sweepstakes scammers around the world, according to the Iowa Attorney General. Of the 749 checks she sent, 566 (or around 75%) were deposited by PacNet. The victim was left with nothing.
  • An 87-year-old woman sent tens of thousands of dollars to all different types of scams, ultimately draining the entire balance of a $100,000 reverse mortgage. 
  • An elderly retired college professor gave away most of his $5,000 monthly income on one sweepstakes scam after another. Eventually, his son resorted to taking his father’s mail away altogether. “If I was doing it to one of their parents or grandparents, I bet they wouldn’t like it. But they’ll do it all day to mine,” his son told Ellis and Hicken.
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