July 31st, 2013
10:25 PM ET

Edward Snowden's father tells Anderson Cooper about FBI deal to visit Moscow

Tonight on Anderson Cooper 360°, Lon Snowden gives new details on the FBI offer to have him fly to Russia to meet his son. He now says he has no interest in going, as he has lost faith in DOJ. “ At this point I have no desire to get on an aircraft with the FBI to fly to Moscow. Because I have lost faith in the overarching organization the justice department, that they are operating in good faith.”

He tells Anderson Cooper that he would tell his son to stay in Russia because “Russia I believe has the strength and conviction to protect my son at this point.”


Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
July 31st, 2013
10:21 PM ET

AC360 VIDEO: Snowden's father on FBI deal to visit Moscow and latest on NSA revelations

Britain's Guardian newspaper revealed today that the NSA's e-mail searches may go deeper than you might imagine. According to the paper, agents are not only able to access e-mail addresses and subject lines, but also the content of the messages.  In addition they are also able to view web histories and social networking activity.  All this echoes bombshell allegations by Edward Snowden in the same newspaper.

Tonight on Anderson Cooper 360°, Lon Snowden gives new details on the FBI offer to have him fly to Russia to meet his son. He now says he has no interest in going, as he has lost faith in DOJ. “ At this point I have no desire to get on an aircraft with the FBI to fly to Moscow. Because I have lost faith in the overarching organization the justice department, that they are operating in good faith.”

He tells Anderson Cooper that he would tell his son to stay in Russia because “Russia I believe has the strength and conviction to protect my son at this point.”

In addition, his attorney, Bruce Fein spoke with Edward's attorney last night – says Edward is "in good health" – and teases a possible meeting of the lawyers to hammer out an ending that would satisfy all.

 


Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
July 31st, 2013
06:09 PM ET

CNN FILMS Rounds Out 2013 Slate as Network Bows ‘OUR NIXON,’ Acquires ‘SOLE SURVIVOR’

CNN FILMS will debut five documentaries on CNN through the end of 2013, beginning with its broadcast of OUR NIXON on Thursday, August 1, at 9:00pm ET/PT on CNN/U.S., it was confirmed today.

“Since establishing CNN Films in October 2012, we have acquired or commissioned more than a dozen hours of thought-provoking, original, and incisive documentaries,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.  “We are bringing films to CNN’s broad audience that inspire conversations around the important issues these exceptional films raise,” he said.

The fall schedule will include (all times Eastern): FULL POST

July 31st, 2013
05:52 PM ET

Sen. Wyden tells Jake Tapper congress has been "actively misled" by intel community

Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, Sen. Ron Wyden joined the program for a rare interview to discuss a newly declassified document that provided evidence of how the intelligence community has misled Congress about the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance programs.  Highlighted news excerpts from the interview are below; a full transcript is after the jump.

SEN. WYDEN ON 'INACCURATE STATEMENTS' TO CONGRESS:
"In the document that was declassified today, it talked about how the bulk collection of e-mail was a vital capability.  That was the specific language used by the intelligence community.  And Senator Udall and I believed early on that that was not the case.  We kept pressing the point.  We were able to show that it was in effect worthless.

That's the reason that it was eliminated.  And yet the intelligence community, when they first described it a few days ago, they said it was for operational reasons.  The fact of the matter is, Jake, on issue after issue, too many of the leaders in the intelligence community have not just kept the Congress in the dark.  The Congress have been given inaccurate statements and in effect been actively misled."

WYDEN ON INTEL OFFICIALS' ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PRIVACY VIOLATIONS: 

"First, those violations that the intelligence community, General Clapper specifically referred to, were violations of court orders, Jake, violations of court orders with respect to the bulk collection of the phone records. So when you hear somebody from the community say there aren't any violations, we will point to that one very specifically"

FULL POST

Sen. Wyden: NSA has 'actively misled' Congress
July 31st, 2013
03:59 PM ET

PART II of AC360's Rehab Racket

A year-long investigation by CNN and the Center for Investigative Reporting finds the drug Medi-Cal program in California, paid with state and federal money, is rife with fraud, allowing rehab centers to stay open despite serious problems. Former clients say that, as teens, they were taken in vans from group homes to rehab even though they had no drug problem.

Part III airs tonight on AC360 at 8 &10pm ET on CNN


Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper • Drew Griffin
CNN Airport Network Launches Live Streaming in Miami International Airport
July 31st, 2013
11:35 AM ET

CNN Airport Network Launches Live Streaming in Miami International Airport

Content Includes Airport Network Simulcast And Spanish-Language Programming from CNN Latino With Streaming Capabilities Provided By Advanced Wireless Group (AWG)

CNN Airport Network, the nation’s preeminent source for on-the-go news and entertainment in the airport industry, has launched live streaming of its network at the Miami International Airport (MIA), making its content available throughout the entire airport on multiple devices via the Wi-Fi system. CNN Airport Network will offer a live simulcast of their 24-hour network as well as Spanish-language content from CNN Latino, a Spanish language programming block airing in key Hispanic markets across the country. Live streaming capabilities were built in conjunction with Advanced Wireless Group (AWG), the wireless provider for the Miami International Airport and sixteen other premier U.S. airports.

Travelers at the Miami International Airport will be able to view this content by accessing the airports FULL POST

July 31st, 2013
09:55 AM ET

Denzel Washington does James Earl Jones' "This is CNN" on "New Day;" talks social media, staying relevant

This morning on New Day, Actor Denzel Washington compared staying relevant to a “marathon, not a sprint,” which allows him to entertain new territory such as comedies and theater. He is starring in “2 Guns” with Mark Wahlberg, opening nationwide Friday, August 2nd, and will headline “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway with Diahann Carroll next spring.

When Washington mentions that James Earl Jones originated a role in “Fences” that he also played and won a Tony for, he does his best impersonation of the tagline “This is CNN,” joking that he’ll be the “backup CNN guy.”

He also highlighted the importance of the Boys & Girls Club, an organization that had an impact on him, and the effect of social media, saying his children’s use of it is “out of control.”

New Day airs weekdays 6-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: Chris Cuomo • Kate Bolduan • Michaela Pereira • New Day
July 31st, 2013
08:22 AM ET

State Rep. Mike Bost will rant to protect rules, Constitution and children

Illinois State Representative Mike Bost (R) is known for some of his spirited rants on the General Assembly floor, which have gone viral on YouTube. Bost spoke to New Day’s Kate Bolduan about running for the 12th Congressional District of Illinois, what sets him off and why Congress may “need more passion.”

“There are only about two things that really bother me,” Bost said. “When I’m working in the general assembly and someone just violates the rules and therefore takes those rules away from my constituents and my ability to defend my constituents and work on certain pieces of legislations, that’s a problem…. And if you’re going to violate the Constitution, either of Illinois or the United States, I have a problem with that. That and protecting my children are probably the things that would do that.”

New Day airs weekday mornings 6-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: Kate Bolduan • New Day
July 30th, 2013
02:26 PM ET

HLN Scores Double and Triple Digit Gains in Prime in July 2013

Network Bests MSNBC In Total Day

HLNtv.com Breaks All-Time Record 

HLN continues its ratings momentum, marking five months of consecutive year-over-year growth in prime and total day in both total viewers and P25-54.  In M-F prime, the network posted the biggest P25-54 and P2+ viewership gains among all cable news networks and bested MSNBC by +5% in the key demo (197k vs. 188k).  In Total Day, HLN was also ahead of MSNBC among P25-54 by +15% (159k vs. 138k), marking the fifth consecutive month HLN outperformed/tied MSNBC.

July 2013 vs. July 2012

PRIME  (M-F  8p-11p)

P2+                  +55% (466k vs. 301k)

P25-54             +86%  (197k vs. 106k)

TOTAL DAY  (M-Su 6a-6a)

P2+                  +57% (387k vs. 247k)

P25-54             +57% (159k vs. 101k) FULL POST


Topics: HLN
July 30th, 2013
01:45 PM ET

CNN Places Second In Total Day And Primetime In July; Tops MSNBC For Third Consecutive Month

CNN HAS DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH VS. A YEAR AGO; FXNC AND MSNBC LOSE VIEWERS IN JULY

New Day Outperforms MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” 4 of the past 6 Weeks in Demo 25-54 Rating and Narrows the Gap Significantly  

The Lead with Jake Tapper is #1 in Cable News in Demo 25-54 Rating

CNN.com domestic site has highest July on record for page views and video starts; U.S. mobile web posted the highest month ever for video starts

Buoyed by coverage of the crisis in Egypt, the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 and the trial of George Zimmerman, CNN’s ratings momentum continued in July with the network finishing a strong second in all key categories including Total Day, M-Sun Primetime, M-F Primetime and Daytime in both total viewers and 25-54 demo rating. For the third consecutive month, CNN had more viewers than MSNBC and for the third time in four months, CNN dominated MSNBC in the key demo 25-54 rating (MSNBC placed fourth).  July represents CNN’s second best demo 25-54 rating performance this year (since Boston bombings in April, 2013).

CNN also had notable gains compared to a year ago (despite elevated audience levels a year ago amid coverage of the Aurora, CO theater shooting) posting double-digit growth in all categories while FXNC and MSNBC lost viewers in July. Every one of MSNBC’s M-F primetime programs experienced double-digit declines this month vs. a year ago. In July, FXNC continued their trend of losing viewers in the key 25-54 demo rating and for the second straight month, posted its lowest 25-54 audience since May 2006.

CNN’s newest program New Day also saw significant ratings gains compared to a year ago and topped MSNBC’s Morning Joe for four of the past six weeks in the demo 25-54 since the program launched (June 17, 2013). New Day also narrowed the gap significantly with Morning Joe this month compared to CNN programming a year ago.

CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper was the #1 show in cable news in July at 4pm in the key demo 25-54 rating.

TOTAL DAY (6a-6a):

CNN           521k total viewers (up +47% from a year ago) / 183k A25-54 (up +68% from a year ago)

HLN                387k total viewers (up +57%) / 159k A25-54 (up +57%)

MSNBC          381k total viewers (down -12%) / 138k A25-54 (down -3%)

FXNC             1.063m total viewers (flat) / 216k A25-54 (down -14%)

M-F PRIMETIME (8-11p):

CNN            656k total viewers (up +26%) / 243k A25-54 (up +51%)                              

HLN                466k total viewers (up +55%) / 197k A25-54 (up +86%)

MSNBC          620k total viewers (down -28%) / 188k A25-54 (down -22%)

FXNC             1.857m total viewers (down -9%) / 327k A25-54 (down -19%)

M-Su PRIMETIME (8-11p):

CNN            675k total viewers (up +38%) / 255k A25-54 (up +71%)

HLN                491k total viewers (up +53%) / 196k A25-54 (up +68%)

MSNBC          589k total viewers (down -18%) / 206k A25-54 (down -7%)

FXNC             1.672m total viewers (down -3%) / 298k A25-54 (down -10%)

DAYTIME (9a-5p):

CNN            652k total viewers (up +49%) / 201k A25-54 (up + 72%)

HLN                480k total viewers (up +117%) / 170k A25-54 (up +98%)

MSNBC          338k total viewers (down -13%) / 96k A25-54 (up +2%)

FXNC             1.147m total viewers (down -6%) / 206k A25-54 (down -20%)

CNN’s programs all had significant ratings gains in July, highlights include:

New Day (6-9am):   July marks the first complete month of CNN’s new morning program and it has posted strong ratings gains vs. a year ago – increasing +49% in total viewers (337k vs. 226k) and is up +34% in the demo rating 25-54 (126k vs. 94k).  In addition, New Day has dramatically narrowed the gap vs. MSNBC’s Morning Joe to -2% in the demo (126k vs. 129k) and -9% in total viewers (337k vs. 372k).  A year ago (July 2012) the gap between CNN programming and Morning Joe was -33% in the demo (94k vs. 140k) and -42% in total viewers (226k vs. 389k).  New Day has also outperformed MSNBC’s Morning Joe for four of the past six weeks in adults 25-54.

CNN dayside programming (@12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm): all ranked #1 in cable news in July in target demo 25-54 rating.

The Lead with Jake Tapper (4pm):  Ranked #1 in cable news in July in the key demo 25-54 averaging 213k, FXNC Your World with Neil Cavuto followed with 199k and MSNBC’s Martin Bashir trailed with 115k. July represents the first time since Jan 2009 that Cavuto placed second to CNN.  The Lead increased +82% in the demo 25-54 (213k vs. 117k) and +42% in total viewers (702k vs. 495k) from a year ago

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer at 5pm placed second in cable news in both total viewers and in the demo 25-54.  The program increased +58% in the demo from a year ago (198k vs. 125k) while FXNC’s The Five lost -25% of its demo audience (296k vs. 396k).  At 6pm The Sit Room grew +44% vs. last year in the demo 25-54 (174k vs. 121k) and +24% in total viewers (530k vs. 429k).  Special Report with Bret Baier at 6pm was down -34% in the key demo in July (247k vs. 377k) and off -3% in total viewers vs. a year ago.

Erin Burnett Outfront: was also up by double digits this month – increasing +34% in the 25-54 demo rating (166k vs. 124k) and +24% in total viewers (493k vs. 396k).  EBO topped 4th place Hardball with Chris Matthews in the demo (166k vs. 159k) this month, and the Fox Report with Shep Smith declined -31% in the demo 25-54 (243k vs. 351k) from a year ago.

AC 360 is the #2 ranked program in cable news at 8pm in both total viewers and the demo 25-54, and is the #1 primetime program on CNN in total viewers.  Compared to a year ago, AC 360 grew at 8pm increasing +58% in the demo rating (256k vs. 162k) and +30% in total viewers (693k vs.533k), while O’Reilly is down -20% in the demo and flat in total viewers and Chris Hayes  is off -15% among 25-54 and down -27% in total viewers.  AC 360 continues to top Hayes by robust margins in total viewers (693k vs. 604k) and in the demo 25-54 rating (256k vs. 166k).

Piers Morgan Live was the #2 rated program at 9pm topping MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (238k vs. 229k) in 25-54 rating.  PML also grew vs. a year ago – increasing by double-digits +22% in total viewers (681k vs. 560k) and +52% in the key demo (238k vs. 157k). Maddow was down by -19% in total viewers and decreased -20% in the demo, and Hannity also lost viewers at 9pm decreasing -13% in total viewers and -19% in demo 25-54.

Anderson Cooper at 10 pm was the #2 show in cable news in both total viewers and the demo, and #1 on CNN among the key 25-54 demo rating.  Anderson Cooper at 10pm grew vs. a year ago increasing +31% in total viewers (649k vs. 494k) and +50% in the demo (258k vs. 172k).  On the Record was down -16% in total viewers and -19% in the demo and MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell saw the largest monthly decreases for MSNBC in primetime – down -29% in total viewers (586k vs. 831k) and down -27% in the key demo rating (185k vs. 253k).

CNN Digital

CNN.com domestic site has highest July on record for page views and video starts

U.S. mobile web posted the highest month ever for video starts

CNN.com’s domestic site had the highest July on record for page views and video starts with:

•         1.4 billion page views, up 9% over June and 11% over July 2012

•         99mm video starts, 19% over June and 15% over the previous year

•         94mm unique visitors, 5% more than June and 8% over the previous year

Additionally, CNN’s US mobile website had 361mm page views in July and 6.4mm video starts, the highest of all time.

Source: Adobe SiteCatalyst and Bango Analytics through 7/29; *Note: Historical records for page views for CNN.com go back to August 2005 and video records to July 2007. 

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