John Berman Joins CNN as an Anchor of Morning Show "Early Start"
May 30th, 2012
09:13 AM ET

John Berman Joins CNN as an Anchor of Morning Show "Early Start"

Berman to Also Contribute Reports to CNN Programs Across the Day

John Berman, who served as a correspondent for ABC News and regular contributor to Good Morning America, joins CNN as an anchor of the morning program Early Start and will contribute reports to various CNN programs including The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, it was announced by Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN.


Topics: CNN • CNN Press Releases • Early Start
May 30th, 2012
07:58 AM ET

VIDEO LINK – AC 360 – Kevin Madden "I don't think there are a whole lot of people talking about the issue that the media's talking about ”

Last night on Anderson Cooper 360°, Romney advisor Kevin Madden told Anderson that the focus of the campaign is the economy, and not birther comments like those from Donald Trump.

Madden thinks” what is really going to matter is who has a better vision for this country going forward, who has a better plan to put the American economy back on work.” And that “I don't think that there are a whole lot of people right now sitting at home with 23 million people out of work, with unemployment over 8 percent, consumer confidence going down, I don't think there are a whole lot of people talking about the issue that the media's talking about and that Donald Trump keeps bringing up.”

Link to the full interview below –

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
May 30th, 2012
07:25 AM ET

Thomas Friedman on Syria: "Annan Cease-Fire Plan Appears to be a Failure"

Last night on Anderson Cooper 360°, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman spoke with Anderson about his thoughts on the situation in Syria including the devastating massacre in Houla which he calls a turning point for the reason that Russia and China who he says “have been playing the role of Assad’s lawyers defending the regime” seem like they no longer want to be playing that role.

He says a “perfect solution isn’t on the menu”.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
May 29th, 2012
08:01 PM ET

Retired Syrian general explains lack of defections to Amanpour, also says: "This is not the army of the people anymore..."

Retired Brigadier General Akil Hashem served 27 years in the Syrian military.  On the Tuesday, May 29th edition of Amanpour, Gen. Hashem told host, Christiane Amanpour, that, in his professional opinion, the Syrian military would capitulate quickly to any military assault leveled against it.  He urged other nations to intervene militarily in Syria and says there will be no diplomatic solution to the current crisis.

He also attributed the lack of high-level defections of military officers – as has been the case in other Middle East and North African nations which have experienced recent democratic revolutions – to fear and the Syrian government's effective network of spies systematically embedded in its armed forces.  Below, is an excerpt from the Amanpour interview:


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Topics: Amanpour • Christiane Amanpour • CNN International • Syria
May 29th, 2012
06:35 PM ET

Tonight on @AC360: Thomas Friedman (@NYTimesFriedman): Must Prevent Civil War in Syria

Tonight on Anderson Cooper 360°, New York Times writer Thomas Friedman tells Anderson Cooper we need to prevent civil war and a state collapse in Syria. A video clip from tonight’s interview found on link below.
The full interview will air tonight.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
The CNN Freedom Project Looks at Child Brides
May 29th, 2012
04:10 PM ET

The CNN Freedom Project Looks at Child Brides

This week CNN International's CNN NewsCenter will feature a series of CNN Freedom Project reports on the issue of child brides.

Watch Sumnima Udas' report on the pros and cons of arranged marriage in India.

Watch Arwa Damon's report on young Afghan girls forced into marriage.

Watch Robyn Curnow's report on the act of child bride kidnappings in South Africa.

'CNN NewsCenter' is CNNI’s new half-hour news program that takes viewers through the day’s big stories of global importance. Broadcast live from CNN’s newsroom in Atlanta, 'CNN NewsCenter' is anchored by Isha Sesay and airs weekdays at 1530ET.

Anthony Bourdain Joins CNN to Host New Weekend Program
May 29th, 2012
10:18 AM ET

Anthony Bourdain Joins CNN to Host New Weekend Program

Launching in Early 2013 on CNN & CNNI, Program Expands CNN’s Coverage of Food and Travel; Bourdain to Also Offer Commentary Across CNN Programs

World-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain will join CNN as host of a new weekend program, creating a signature showcase for the network’s coverage of food and travel. The announcement was made by CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President and Managing Editor, Mark Whitaker.

“For more than a decade, Anthony Bourdain has been a trailblazer in educating Americans about different cuisines and cultures around the world, as well as an outspoken commentator on social trends ranging from the rise of celebrity chefs to the impact of fast food chains to the spread of vegetarianism and veganism,” said Whitaker. “Examining the world through the prism of Tony’s unique expertise and passions continues CNN’s long-standing commitment to international reporting and to promoting global understanding.”

Launching in early 2013, the show will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals. Slated to air domestically on Sundays in prime time with repeat airings on Saturday nights, it will mark a further step in broadening and distinguishing CNN’s weekend programming from its traditional weekday news coverage.


Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • CNN International
May 29th, 2012
08:57 AM ET

Press rep.: Romney has learned from successes and failures

Andrea Saul, Mitt Romney’s press secretary, says the GOP presidential candidate has a solid track record of job creation and learned from his business successes and failures.

When CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien asks for specific examples of failures, Saul answers, “Not every business is successful. So, he had successes, he had failures. I don’t have any specific examples to pass on, but there’re going to be ups and downs… and anybody in the private sector understands that.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

May 27th, 2012
12:20 PM ET

Gen. Chiarelli on treating veterans with PTSD and TBI

Sunday on a special Memorial Day weekend edition of CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Serving Those Who Serve: A Report Card One Year Later, former Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli (Ret.) spoke about the challenges of treating our nation's veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A full transcript of the program may be found here.


World's Untold Stories: Secrets of the Belfast Project
May 25th, 2012
03:22 PM ET

World's Untold Stories: Secrets of the Belfast Project

CNN International’s award-winning documentary series, World’s Untold Stories, returns this weekend with a look at Northern Ireland, and the audio recordings at Boston College that might help solve a decades-old murder mystery. CNN’s senior international correspondent Nic Robertson travels to Boston and Belfast to report on this ongoing battle.

World’s Untold Stories: Secrets of the Belfast Project
In Northern Ireland, during the early 1970s, at the height of "The Troubles," a widowed mother with 10 children disappears. Now, 40 years later, witness accounts are surfacing in the form of audio recordings that were, until now, locked away in a college archive in the United States. The recordings – collected for the Boston College Oral History Archives – are from members of groups on both sides of the fighting. The tapes hold possible evidence that could threaten a delicate peace agreement – and the man credited with helping bring that peace to Northern Ireland, Gerry Adams. Adams, a prominent Irish politician and alleged former head of the Irish Republican Army, has vigorously denied the allegations. But many think the tapes could hold the key to solving the murder and more. World's Untold Stories: Secrets of the Belfast Project examines the ongoing battle between families, politicians, the courts, and academia - either seeking the truth - or seeking to protect it.

Here are two clips from the program:
Recordings reveal Belfast murder secrets

Daughter hopes tapes at Boston College can solve her mother’s murder

World’s Untold Stories: Secrets of the Belfast Projects airs on CNN International Saturday, May 26 at 1500ET and 2100ET, and Sunday, May 27 at 0600ET and 2200ET. It replays Saturday, June 2 at 2100ET and Sunday, June 3 at 0600ET. (60 minutes)

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