CNN’s THE SIXTIES IS #1 in cable news Thursday, May 29 at both 9P and 10P
May 30th, 2014
03:03 PM ET

CNN’s THE SIXTIES IS #1 in cable news Thursday, May 29 at both 9P and 10P

According to Nielsen Fast National data, CNN’s Original Series THE SIXTIES debuted last night as the No. 1 program on cable news at both 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

At 9:00 pm, the episode, “Television Comes of Age,” averaged 284k in the key demo 25-54, Fox News followed with 273k and MSNBC posted 115k.

In total viewers CNN had 1.390m topping MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show’s 723k.  Fox News had 1.919m.

This represents a +190% increase in the demo 25-54 (284k vs. 98k) and a +312% increase in total viewers (1.390m vs. 337k) as compared to prior four-week average.

The encore presentation at 10:00 pm, averaged 243k in the demo, Fox News followed with 239k and MSNBC trailed with 104k.

Among total viewers CNN averaged 946k topping MSNBC’s 532k.  Fox News registered 1.428m. FULL POST

May 30th, 2014
02:43 PM ET

CNN’s Nima Elbagir talks to husband of Sudanese woman sentenced to death for Christian beliefs

In his first sit-down interview, Daniel Wani, the American husband of the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, tells CNN's Nima Elbagir (@NimaCNN) he will stand by his wife, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, until the end.

“I’m standing by her to end. Whatever she wants, I’ll stand by her,” Wani said.

Ibrahim gave birth to a baby girl earlier this week at a Khartoum prison, where's she's detained with her 20-month-old son.


Topics: CNN • Nima Elbagir
CNN and Facebook Join for THE SIXTIES
May 29th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

CNN and Facebook Join for THE SIXTIES

CNN and Facebook Announce Strategic Partnership for Exclusive Video and Social Media Content to Create Multidimensional User Experience

CNN and Facebook today announced plans to join together for a unique viewer engagement initiative that will extend the experience of the new CNN series, THE SIXTIES, beyond television screens for Facebook users. THE SIXTIES, a 10-part series for television executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog, explores the events and people that made the 1960s an extraordinary era of change and achievement in pop culture, civil rights, politics, and technology. The enriched social media engagement will include exclusive video and social media content that will create a unique second screen experience for Facebook users.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Facebook to offer such a rich multimedia experience for viewers of THE SIXTIES,” said Andrew Morse, senior vice president of editorial content for CNN/U.S.. “This partnership will drive deeper engagement, and establish a community of viewers, which will explore the content in a variety of ways.”

Features of the unique collaboration will include weekly live Q&A chats with historic figures and the series producers during each episode, weekly viral video content on highlights of the period, and exclusive video produced by CNN Digital Studios illustrating the achievements and events of the remarkable decade. Each week, CNN will premiere one original video on Facebook related to the series content, as well as platform other SIXTIES-related video. FULL POST

May 29th, 2014
05:19 PM ET

Rep. Steve Israel on Shinseki: "He should reisgn, in my view"

Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) tells CNN’s Jake Tapper Eric Shinseki should resign, but resignation alone will not solve the problem.  The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.

Full Transcript of the interview is available after the jump


May 28th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Tony Blinken: Obama finds latest VA report 'deeply troubling'

CNN’s Jake Tapper spoke with National Deputy Security Advisor Tony Blinken about President Obama's reaction to the latest report from the Veterans Affairs inspector general. The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.

Blinken on White House response to latest report: “Just before coming to talk to you, it's my understanding that Denis McDonough, the chief of staff, briefed the president on this interim report.  My understanding is the president found the findings of the interim report deeply troubling. He has already urged the V.A.  To move out now on making sure that veterans have the access and care that they need, not to wait for the findings of interim reports or final reports.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

May 28th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Rep. Jeff Miller calls for Shinseki's resgination

CNN’s Jake Tapper spoke with Chairman of the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs US Congressman Jeff Miller (R., Fla.)   about his calling for the resignation of Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.  The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.


Full Transcript available after the jump.


Valerie Plame: "...there's too many stupid things that are happening."
May 28th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Valerie Plame: "...there's too many stupid things that are happening."

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer spoke with former CIA agent, and author of "Blowback", Valerie Plame about the disclosure of the CIA station chief.

In the interview, Plame said to Wolf, "Right now, I think there's serious reforms that need to be put into place across the board, starting at the director of National Intelligence, there's too many stupid things that are happening."

 The interview aired on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 5:00-6:30 p.m. E.T.

A full transcript is available after the jump.


May 28th, 2014
03:50 PM ET

Photo Gallery: 'A Look Into The Sixties' Museum-style Exhibit at NYC's Grand Central Terminal

Topics: CNN • CNN Originals Series • Kate Bolduan • The Sixties
May 28th, 2014
02:27 PM ET

McCain: Time for Shinseki to move on

Today on Wolf, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) responded to the reports that 1,700 in-need veterans were not on Phoenix VA hospital waiting lists.

Topics: CNN • Wolf Blitzer
May 28th, 2014
12:59 PM ET

Digital video series “City of Tomorrow” highlights urban innovation

Cities all around the world are coming up with groundbreaking ways to combat issues plaguing their surroundings, such as crime, traffic and the excess of greenhouse gases. To highlight the innovation of these cities and offer a glimpse into futuristic solutions for others to adopt, CNN Digital launched an 8-week futuristic video series today called City of Tomorrow. The series includes videos, text, photos and other interactive features, and will conclude with a 30-minute CNN TV special airing on Saturday, July 19.

Some of the inventive ideas covered in City of Tomorrow include sophisticated CIA software used by Los Angeles police that wrangles huge amounts of data to fight crime; the “world’s greenest commercial building” in Seattle; and experimental cities in Japan and the Middle East that offer a peek into future lifestyles.

To find more about the series via social media, users can follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #CityofTomorrow and learn more on CNN's Facebook page.

Additionally, City of Tomorrow is the one of the first series to launch as part of CNN’s Digital Studios initiative, an internal production house that produces a series of original video franchises. Topic areas for digital studios include innovation and technology; entertainment; wellness and lifestyle and travel and adventure.  

Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Tech • Digital • Social Media • Video
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