November 30th, 2011
04:08 PM ET

CNN Digital Garners Three Prestigious EPPY™Awards

CNN Digital was honored today with three EPPY™ Awards by Editor & Publisher, the authoritative journal for newspaper professionals. The EPPY™ Awards recognize media outlets that are leading the way in the online revolution. CNN Digital picked up awards for the Best News/Political Blog for the This Just In blog, Best Citizen Journalism site for CNN iReport and Best Food site for CNN’s food blog, Eatocracy.

The 2011 EPPY™ Awards, now in their 16th year, are an international contest that honors the best media-affiliated websites across 43 diverse categories. The winners were announced Wednesday, November 30 on http://www.editorandpublisher.com after four weeks of in-depth judging.  Finalists must receive a score in the top one third of the average score across all categories within their division.

In addition to the CNN Digital Awards, CNNMoney.com and SI.com also were honored. A complete list of the 2011 winners can be found here.


Topics: Awards • CNN Digital • iReport
November 30th, 2011
04:06 PM ET

CNN Gains Viewers in November; MSNBC Down -23% and FNC Declines -32% in Primetime

ANDERSON COOPER 360 UP +49%; ONLY SHOW TO GROW AT 8p; FNC DOWN -23%, MSNBC -36%

CNN ONLY CABLE NEWS NETWORK TO POST DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH, UP +30% IN 2011

 

Highlights:

  • CNN grows in primetime in Nov. while MSNBC and FNC experience double-digit declines, -23% and -32%, respectively.
  • AC 360 (8p) up +49%; FNC declines -23%, MSNBC down -36%.
  • CNN tops MSNBC in daytime (9a-5p).
  • In 2011, CNN up +30% in primetime while FNC looses -16% of its audience and MSNBC holds only 3%; beating MSNBC in total day.
  • Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p up vs. CNN programming a year ago.

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November 30th, 2011
02:36 PM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Anne O'Brien Prince, Phoebe Prince's mother, in her first and only television interview

Phoebe Prince's suicide after being bullied by her school classmates drew worldwide attention to the deadly dangers of bullying.  Nearly two years later, children are still dying as a result of bullying. Anne O'Brien, Phoebe Prince's mother, appears tonight on "Piers Morgan Tonight" in her first and only television interview to speak about her daughter's tragic death. TUNE IN at 9pm EST.


Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
November 30th, 2011
01:15 PM ET

SHEVCHENKO TELLS CNN’S PEDRO PINTO HE WANTS TO END FOOTBALL CAREER ON A HIGH AT EURO 2012

*** MANDATORY CREDIT: Pedro Pinto and CNN International World Sport *** 

This interview is part of CNN International’s special preview week of in-depth coverage from Poland & Ukraine in ‘World Sport’ Monday 28 November to Saturday 3 December at 1700 GMT & 2230 GMT

In addition, CNN World Sport will present a half-hour special from Polandand UkraineUEFA Euro 2012: The Final Draw’, which airs:

 

Saturday 3 December at 0830, 1730 & 2200 GMT
Sunday 4 December at 0730 GMT
Monday 5 December at 0830 GMT

Visit http://on.cnn.com/s5PEj4 for more information

View video of Shevchenko interview online: http://on.cnn.com/ty7Jdg

Transcript:

IN THEUKRAINE, ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO IS A LIVING LEGEND. THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND BALLON D'OR WINNER HAS FLOWN THE FLAG FOR HIS COUNTRY ON THE BIGGEST STAGES IN WORLD FOOTBALL AND IS NOW READY FOR HIS SWAN SONG AT HOME AS HIS NATION CO-HOSTS EURO 2012.

A: The country did its best to prepare well.  I think there will be much more done to welcome the players, but most important, the fans.  From the depth of our hearts we want to show our beautiful country.

Q: What are your expectations for the team?  And how much pressure is there to play in front of the home fans?

A: Of course, it's a great responsibility, everybody expects us to demonstrate good results. It'll be a positive result for us to pass the group.  And for me personally, I dream of the final.

Q: What about you personally, what will it be like to be the captain of theUkraine and lead the team into the first game?

A: I have such experience.  It was my honour to be the captain of the team at the first match of the World Cup inGermany.  I was very nervous.  I think for me it's the last tournament I will play.  I think here, at home, at full stadiums and with the anthem ofUkraine playing it will be something extremely special for me

Q: How are you feeling right now? How's your back?

A: I am seeing a number of doctors fromGermany andUkraine, and they are helping me to extend my career and prepare for Euro 2012… I'm 100% sure this will be my last tournament as a player of the national team.  My further career will depend on how I feel. 

ANDRIY PREFERRED TO SPEAK IN RUSSIAN BUT AS THE INTERVIEWED PROGRESSED, HE ANSWERED A COUPLE OF ANSWERS IN ENGLISH. HE TOLD ME HIS CAREER HAS BEEN LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE.

A: I always had a dream to be a professional football player and when I was 14 I went to the San Siro for the first time. I told myself that one day I would have to play there and it happened. I am very proud of my career, and what I have done.

THIS INTERVIEW COMES AS PART OF A WEEK OF SPECIAL EURO 2012 DEDICATED PROGRAMMING ON CNN INTERNATIONAL, AHEAD OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW THIS FRIDAY

View video of Shevchenko interview online: http://on.cnn.com/ty7Jdg

For more information please contact:

Lara Feinstein
CNN Press Office
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7693 0942
www.cnn.com/international

Topics: CNN
CNN Announces More Celebrities to Fifth Annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute”
November 30th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

CNN Announces More Celebrities to Fifth Annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute”

Kid Rock to Perform a Special Version of "Care" and Miley Cyrus Added as a Celebrity Presenter

CNN, the worldwide leader in news, announced today that Kid Rock will perform a special live version of "Care" from his platinum selling album, “Born Free”, on CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, on CNN, Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM ET.  In addition, CNN announced that Miley Cyrus has also been added as a celebrity presenter along with Dancing with the Stars winner, J.R. Martinez, The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, global maternal health advocate and founder of Every Mother Counts, Christy Turlington Burns, and NFL Super Bowl champ and MVP quarterback Kurt Warner, all of whom were confirmed last week. CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute honors individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the multiple Emmy®-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, will be doing exclusive backstage interviews live on CNN.com during the show.

This news comes on the heels of CNN announcing that J.R. Martinez will also be co-hosting the live pre-show, Showbiz Tonight @ CNN Heroes, with AJ Hammer, host of HLN's evening show, Showbiz Tonight. Holly Robinson Peete will be hosting the social media suite on the red carpet. Showbiz Tonights correspondent, Kareen Wynter, will also be part of the pre-show, interviewing the arriving celebrities on the red carpet. The Showbiz Tonight @ CNN Heroes pre-show will air live on CNN and HLN at 7:00 PM ET.

Fans are encouraged to vote up to 10 times a day, every day, for this year’s “CNN Hero of the Year”. Voting continues through Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at midnight PT, and the “CNN Hero of the Year” will be announced live at this year’s CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute show. Fans can also make a direct charitable donation to their favorite Top 10 CNN Heroes’ nonprofit using Google Wallet, through December 31, 2011. Google is waiving all transaction fees enabling 100 percent of the donations to go directly to the heroes’ non-profit organizations. Visit CNNHeroes.com online or on your mobile device to learn more about the 2011 honorees, cast your vote and to donate.

Kelly Flynn is the Senior Executive Producer for the “CNN Heroes” initiative and CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.  This year’s show will be produced by Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted.

November 30th, 2011
11:31 AM ET

Is Cain dropping out?

In an interview that aired Tuesday on CNN’s John King, USA, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s Iowa campaign chairman, Steve Grubbs, discussed the future of Cain’s campaign amidst allegations of infidelity.

A transcript of CNN's John King, USA from Tuesday, November 29 can be found here.


Topics: CNN • CNN Politics
PREVIEW: CNN International Special Programming Information – A Larry King Special: A Dinner with the Kings
November 30th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

PREVIEW: CNN International Special Programming Information – A Larry King Special: A Dinner with the Kings

A Larry King Special: A Dinner with the Kings

Tyra Banks, Russell Brand, Shaquille O'Neal, Seth MacFarlane and other A-listers tell all at Larry King's dinner party.

 
Sunday 25 December 2011 at 0200 GMT / 0300 CET and 1100 GMT / 1200 CET
Duration: 1 Hour

Larry King and his wife Shawn host a dinner part with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and have invited CNN viewers to join them in this hour long special.

The dinner prepared by celebrity chef and ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ judge, Wolfgang Puck includes ‘Top Model’ tycoon, Tyra Banks, comedian Russell Brand, Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey, record producer Quincy Jones, ‘Family Guy’ creator Seth MacFarlane, chat show host Conan O’Brien, and former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal. Join Larry King, as CNN invites you to dine with some of the finest minds in entertainment.

Comedian and recent Hollywood success Russell Brand talks about his new found acclaim, “How I deal with my personal, material success is guiltily”, formerly the face of Victoria’s Secret, Tyra Banks exposes her top model façade “I'm so not sexy. I know how to turn it on for a picture, but I'm not sexy in real life” and funny guy Seth MacFarlane reveals that he is “still working on my hiding my insecurity 100 percent”.

Join Larry and his guests as they discuss life, love, insecurities, success and failures at this dinner party like no other.

 
Please see link to video clips below: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2011/larryking/
 
Link to photography: http://imageselect.turner.com/download/downloadimages.aspx?id=dc7958b4-927b-4b4d-85ff-bae844e930b4
PREVIEW: CNN International Special Programming Information – CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
CNN Heroes: An all star tribute
November 30th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

PREVIEW: CNN International Special Programming Information – CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

"CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" returns to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles as the network celebrates its fifth year of honouring "everyday people changing the world."

Monday 12 December 2011 at 0100 GMT / 0200 CET, 1200 GMT / 1300 CET and 2000 GMT / 2100 CET

 
Duration: 2 Hours

 

http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/index.html
CNN Heroes on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CNNHeroes
Follow CNN Heroes on Twitter @CNNheroes
November 30th, 2011
06:59 AM ET

The Next List: Celebrate Robot Week

Anchor Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews engineer Heather Knight, who studies social charisma between humans and technology.  Knight discusses how socially-intelligent robots can interact with humans through humor, gestures, language and even performance art to ultimately make technology more useful and user-friendly.

This edition of The Next List will air on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:00pm ET.

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Topics: CNN • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
November 29th, 2011
07:46 PM ET

Cain supporter insists 'Herman Cain is no skirt-chaser'

Alveda King, a friend of Herman Cain and supporter of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination insists Cain will "march on" to Iowa, and flatly dismissed a Georgia woman's allegation that she had an extended affair with Cain. "A woman knows a skirt-chaser" and King said "Herman Cain is no skirt-chaser."

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, King called the affair story "tabloid politics" and denied Cain would drop out ahead of Iowa.

 

Topics: CNN • Erin Burnett • Erin Burnett OutFront
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