July 31st, 2014
12:32 PM ET

Return to 1968 with #TheSixtiesCNN tonight at 9pmET #ThrowbackThursday

It was the penultimate year of the decade, and 1968 was framed by extraordinary events and turmoil.

During 1968, the Tet Offensive, the Kennedy/McCarthy battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, the assassinations of MLK and RFK, violent student protests around the world, a chaotic Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the Soviet incursion into Prague, and President Johnson’s decision to not run for re-election were pivotal turning points – all ushered in some of the most fundamental social and political changes in American history. Robert Kennedy, Jr., Dan Rather, Evan Thomas, Robert Dallek, Jeff Greenfield, Walter Isaacson, Taylor Branch, Tom Hayden, Mark Kurlansky, Leonard Steinhorn, Todd Gitlin, and others describe one of the most dramatic years in American history.

THE SIXTIES: 1968 debuts Thursday, July 31 at 9:00pm and encores at 12:00am.  All times Eastern.

During the broadcast, CNN senior political analyst David Gergen will answer viewers' questions about the events of the pivotal year of 1968, and how they still resonate later today, via Facebook.   Viewers can also interact with the series producers via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and @HerzogCo and using #TheSixtiesCNN.


Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 34 & 35
Immunotherapy patient Bob Carlson (Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta)
July 31st, 2014
11:44 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 34 & 35

Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta


Dr Chen examines scans of cancer in the body before and after immunotherapy treatment

Immunotherapy specialist Dr Chen examines scans of cancer in the body before and after treatment

Wednesday 20 August at 1030 BST / 1130 CET and 1730 BST / 1830 CET
Saturday 23 August at 0530 BST / 0630 CET and 1930 BST / 2030 CET
Sunday 24 August at 1330 BST / 1430 CET
Duration: 30 minutes


It is the diagnosis no one wants to hear. Every year, another 14 million people around the world will be told they have cancer. For years, the priority has been finding a cure. Now, in the fight against cancer, our greatest weapon may lie within - in the system already designed to fight for our bodies and our health. Immunotherapy uses the body's own immune system to identify cancer cells, and kill them. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
July 31st, 2014
06:57 AM ET

Shimon Peres to CNN's Wolf Blitzer: "If they continue to fire rockets, they’ll get back rockets."

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer sat down today with former Israeli President Shimon Peres to discuss a potential cease-fire, the peace process and more. A preview of Blitzer’s interview aired on CNN’s New Day and additional portions will air in the 5 p.m. ET hour of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Full program transcripts are posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/.

Please credit – CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

Note: Updated with additional information


Topics: Wolf Blitzer
July 31st, 2014
04:49 AM ET

CNN – undisputed #1 news channel

New data reaffirms #1 position amongst international news brands across Middle East and Africa

The latest EMS figures released by Ipsos show CNN as the undisputed number one international news brand in the Middle East and Africa, reaching a larger audience than all direct news competitors in every metric across both regions on TV, digital and cross-platform.

Every month, CNN reaches 59% of Africa’s upscale population and 37% of affluents in the Middle East via TV and digital platforms*. Weekly reach is also impressive with 52% in Africa and 24% in Middle East, and respective daily reach at 32% and 11%. This puts CNN ahead of direct international news competitors such as the BBC, Sky, CNBC, Euronews and Bloomberg in every cross-platform metric**, and follows CNN being named the international news brand with highest cross-platform monthly reach in the EMS Europe survey.  FULL POST

Topics: CNN
Soni Methu named new host for CNN International’s award-winning programme, ‘Inside Africa’
July 31st, 2014
04:40 AM ET

Soni Methu named new host for CNN International’s award-winning programme, ‘Inside Africa’

Former East Africa correspondent for ENCA and E News Africa to join CNN’s global network


CNN International today announced that Kenyan journalist Soni Methu is the new host of the network’s longest–running feature programme, ‘Inside Africa’.

In her role on CNN’s award-winning weekly show, Methu will present from countries across the continent to take viewers on a journey through Africa, exploring the true diversity and depth of different cultures, countries and regions. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
July 29th, 2014
04:39 PM ET

CNN Is #2 in Cable News in July in Both Total Day and Primetime

New Day Tops MSNBC’s Morning Joe In Key Demo 25-54

MSNBC Slips to 4th in Total Day and to 3rd in Prime; Morning Joe is also 4th and Rachel Maddow has Second Worst Month Ever

CNN’s New Original Series The Hunt with John Walsh and The Sixties Continue to Score

For the month of July, 2014

  • CNN ranked #2 in Total Day among total viewers (404k vs. MSNBC’s 319k) and in the key demo 25-54 rating (125k vs. MSNBC’s 92k).
  • CNN ranked #2 in M-Su Primetime among 25-54 (166k vs. MSNBC’s 154k).
  • CNN ranked #2 in M-F Primetime in the key demo 25-54 (168k vs. MSNBC’s 149k).
  • CNN ranked #2 in Dayside (9a-4p), posting a 90% advantage over MSNBC in total viewers (446k vs. 235k) and 120% more in the demo (108k vs 49k). 

This month, MSNBC slipped to 4th place in Total Day (92k) and Dayside (49k) and to third in M-F prime (149k) and M-Su prime (154k) in the key demo 25-54.  MSNBC’s flagship program The Rachel Maddow Show posted its second lowest month ever in the demo rating (181k), the lowest ever was last month (178k).  MSNBC’s dayside performance represents the network’s second lowest monthly delivery since October, 1999.  Fox News ranked #3 this month in Weekend Prime posting 150k in the key demo 25-54.  All the cable news networks were down in total day this month vs. last year due to heightened viewing from the Zimmermann trial verdict among other stories. 

July, 2014 CNN show highlights include:

  • New Day topped 4th place MSNBC’s Morning Joe in the key demo 25-54 (93k vs. MSNBC’s 79k).
  • CNN Newsroom anchored by Carol Costello ranked #2 in both total viewers and the demo 25-54 at 9a/10a.  MSNBC’s Daily Rundown (9a) was 4th in the demo (60k).
  • At this Hour with Michaela and Berman ranked #2 in both total viewers (421k) and the demo (102k).  MSNBC’s News Nation placed 4th in the demo (50k).
  • Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield ranked #2 in both total viewers (481k) and the demo (111k).  MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Report was 4th in the demo (55k).
  • Wolf ranked #2 in both total viewers (459k) and in the demo (112k).  MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Daily was 4th in the demo (43k).
  • CNN Newsroom anchored by Brooke Baldwin ranked #2 in both total viewers and the demo 25-54 at 2p/3p.  MSNBC’s Reid Report (42k) and The Cycle (46k) placed 4th in the demo.
  • The Lead with Jake Tapper ranked #2 in total viewers (493k) and the demo (112k).  MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner placed 4th in the demo (49k).
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (5p) ranked #2 in total viewers (535k) and demo 25-54 (125k). MSNBC’s Ed Show placed 3rd in the demo with 71k.
  • CNN programming at 6p (Sit Room/Crossfire) ranked #2 in the demo and had a combined delivery with 133k.  MSNBC’s Politics Nation followed with 99k in the demo.
  • Erin Burnett Outfront ranked #2 in the demo (154k).  MSNBC’s Hardball trailed with 121k.
  • AC 360 ranked #2 in the key demo (170k) easily topping MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (130k).
  • CNN programming at 10p ranked #2 in the demo with 166k, outperforming MSNBC’s (Last Word/Crime Docs) 144k.
  • Smerconish ranked #2 in both total viewers (530k) and the demo (137k).  MSNBC’s Up w/ Kornacki was 4th in the demo (65k).
  • Inside Politics with John King ranked #2 in total viewers (407k) and in the demo 25-54 (120k).
  • State of the Union with Candy Crowley ranked #2 in total viewers and the demo 25-54 at both 9a and noon.
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS (10a) ranked #2 in both total viewers (520k) and key demo rating (141k) and ranked #1 in the demo (147k) at 1p.
  • Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter ranked #2 in both total viewers (405k) and 25-54 (117k). 

CNN Original Series have continued to score this month with strong ratings performances: 

The Hunt with John Walsh (launch to date 7/13/14-7/27/14)

  • CNN’s newest Original Series has delivered strong ratings so far this month.  Over its first three Sunday 9pm premieres, The Hunt is #1 in its time period in both total viewers and the demo 25-54.
  • The program averaged 917k among total viewers and 298k in the key demo easily ahead of Fox News (765k/133k) and MSNBC (340k/174k).
  • The show is up +65% among 25-54 vs. the prior to launch four Sundays and +67% for total viewers in the same time period.

The Sixties (launch to date 5/29/14-7/27/14)

  • Over its seven Thursday 9pm premieres, The Sixties is averaging 291k among 25-54 and 1,073k in total viewers.
  • The program ranks #2 among cable news in the time period in both 25-54 rating and total viewers, topping MSNBC (149k/768k).
  • The Sixties is ranking above the prior-to-launch Thursday time period average by +197% among 25-54 (98k) and +216% in total viewers (340k).

Middle-East/Malaysia Flight 17:

  • Since the Israel-Gaza conflict and the Malaysia Flight 17 story began on Thursday, July 17th, CNN has averaged 168k in total day and 224k in 8p-11p prime among 25-54.
  • CNN has posted the strongest growth in both dayparts of any cable news network versus the prior four weeks, increasing by +70% in total day (99k) and +53% in prime (146k) among 25-54.


Data is a blend of Nielsen Live+SD and the more inclusive Live+3 and final Live+7 data when available.

Meet Rachel Smolkin, New Executive Editor of CNN Politics
July 29th, 2014
09:16 AM ET

Meet Rachel Smolkin, New Executive Editor of CNN Politics

If you're a political news junkie or you hang your hat in our nation's capital, there's a good chance you already know CNN Digital's new Executive Editor of Politics. If not, meet the smart and savvy Rachel Smolkin.

Rachel will take the reins of CNNPolitics.com at the end of August, helping Ed O'Keefe, Meredith Artley, Sam Feist, Andrew Morse and David Chalian to rethink the network's political coverage and re-imagine CNN Politics.

No stranger to the grind, Smolkin joins CNN from POLITICO where she most recently served the sites as managing editor for news. In that position she supervised beat editors and worked closely with the video and events groups. Prior to that she supervised the White House and legal affairs team as an assignment editor for USA Today, and she held the managing editor title for American Journalism Review.

And while we could go on and on about Rachel's bright, shiny resume and career accomplishments, we opted instead for 10 questions with our new pal. So read on and join us in welcoming @RachelSmolkin to @CNN.


Topics: CNN
July 28th, 2014
11:06 PM ET

John Walsh on fugitive Mozdir " What never ceases to amaze me is that they hide in plain sight"

Tonight on AC360°, John Walsh spoke to Anderson Cooper about Charles Mozdir, a suspected sex offender and fugitive, who was featured on CNN’s The Hunt . Mozdir was killed during an arrest attempt in a New York City smoke shop today.

July 28th, 2014
02:28 PM ET

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer gets an exclusive look inside an underground Hamas tunnel

Blitzer's report aired in CNN’s 1 p.m. hour and an in-depth report will air in the 6 p.m. ET hour of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. A transcript is after the jump.

Please credit – CNN’s Wolf Blitzer


July 27th, 2014
01:39 PM ET

Fmr. Sec. Hillary Clinton to Fareed Zakaria: Putin indirectly responsible for MH17

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS featured an interview with Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton spoke with Fareed about the Russian Reset, the United States’ relationship with Vladimir Putin, and the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians in the Middle East.

Text Highlights

Clinton on Putin’s Character:

CLINTON: Well, he's very tough. He's a very, um, arrogant, uh, person to deal with, um, which I think is a combination of this vision of Russia and some fundamental insecurity, uh, because when you are dealing with him, he often acts as though he could care less. Uh, he's not interested.  Even talking with him about getting Russia into the World Trade Organization, which is something the Obama administration was determined to do because we want to have a rules-based order...


CLINTON: - insofar as possible, um, proved difficult to deal with him.  You know, he acts, you know, bored and dismissive.  So he has a lot of personas that he pulls out if he wants to stare intently at you with his very, you know, bright blue eyes, because he wants something from you or he wants to convey a message to you, he can turn on the charm. But he can also be, you know, very tough to deal with and act as though it's a burden on him to be in conversations with other world leaders.

Clinton on Putin’s Involvement in MH17:

First, I think if there were any doubt, it should be gone by now, that Vladimir Putin, certainly indirectly, through his support of the insurgents in Eastern Ukraine and the supply of advanced weapons and, frankly, the presence of Russian special forces and intelligence agents bears responsibility for what happened to, uh, the shoot down of the airline.


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

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