February 29th, 2016
07:33 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 11 and 12

Winning Post

2016-03-05 14.42.15

Saturday 19 March at 1630 GMT / 1730 CET

Sunday 20 March at 0630 GMT / 0730 CET and 2130 GMT / 2230 CET

Thursday 24 March at 0930 GMT / 1030 CET and 1630 GMT / 1730 CET

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Sunday 27 March at 1730 BST / 1830 CET

Duration: 30 minutes

In March, ‘Winning Post’ traces the story of thoroughbred racing in Newmarket, to the heart of the action at the Dubai World Cup. The programme reveals why the Middle East and Dubai in particular have a love affair with racing. FULL POST

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Kasich on the Super Tuesday contests: "I think Trump's probably going to win probably all of them."
February 28th, 2016
12:10 PM ET

Kasich on the Super Tuesday contests: "I think Trump's probably going to win probably all of them."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Governor John Kasich (R-OH), GOP presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss Super Tuesday and the 2016 presidential election.


For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.


MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”


Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com




Kasich on political discourse in the election: “Jake, I have been in a lot of elections, and, you know, I have never resorted to name-calling. I mean, it's fine to talk about, you know, a person's record, their accomplishments, or lack thereof, but I don't - name-calling is not how we should be picking a president.  And, frankly, we're going to look back on this time, and we're all going to shake our heads and say, did we really degrade the process of picking the leader of the free world? And I'm very disappointed.  It's why people are passionate about my continuing forward, because they say:  You're an adult, and you're running a positive campaign. And, frankly, I would call on everybody to start doing that and stop the name-calling.  It's just not good.”


Kasich on supporting whoever the Republican nominee will be: “I - you know, we're down to now five people.  We're all in the arena.  And I will show respect to the person that emerges from that arena.  I believe it will be me.  But at the end of the day, I’m going to support that person who went through the arena and became the nominee.”


Kasich on Super Tuesday: “I think Trump's probably going to win probably all of them.  But you keep holding your own and we have our campaign plan… Our campaign plan was ultimately to, you know, hold our own in some of these places, and we will, I expect.  And then we're going to head north. But at the end of the day, what changes this race is my ability to win in Ohio.  And if any of these people can't win their own states, they probably ought to get out.  We ought to consolidate the race…We’re going to go to Ohio. I will win Ohio.  If I don't win Ohio, then it's time to call it over.”


February 28th, 2016
12:02 PM ET

Cruz: “I will support the Republican nominee, period, the end."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), GOP presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss Super Tuesday and the rest of the 2016 presidential election.


For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.


MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”


Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com





Cruz on supporting whoever the Republican nominee is: “I will support the Republican nominee, period, the end… But I will tell you this.  Listen, I think, if we nominate Donald, Hillary probably beats him.  Not only does she get to attack him on a whole host of issues where he agrees with her, but, you know, he's described Hillary Clinton as one of the best secretaries of state in history… And I think we need a candidate who can beat Hillary.  And I will say this beyond that, Jake.  Listen, if Donald becomes president, who the heck knows what he would do?  Even Donald doesn't know what he would do.  And I think the challenges facing this country, they're too grave to roll the dice and risk losing the Supreme Court for a generation, risk yet more economic stagnation, and risk, on foreign policy, allowing radical Islamic terrorism to continue to rise and threaten America.”


Cruz on Super Tuesday: “Oh, listen, we are very strong in Texas, and we are running neck and neck with Donald in a number of the Super Tuesday states. It really depends on turnout.  And so, if you're in one of the Super Tuesday states, and you share the concerns of so many Americans that these are serious times and Donald Trump is not the right candidate, then I ask you to come together behind our campaign, even if you like other candidates. Listen, there are good people in this race who I like and respect.  But our campaign is the only one in a position to beat Donald Trump on Super Tuesday.  And if you want to stop this - this Trump train, the only way to do so is to beat him on Super Tuesday. So, I'm encouraged that we're seeing conservatives coming together, but I think Super Tuesday is going to be critical in that regard.”


February 28th, 2016
11:47 AM ET

Trump on David Duke "I know nothing about white supremacists"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Donald Trump, joined anchor, Jake Tapper

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”


Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com



CNN ARTICLETrump: 'I know nothing about white supremacists'





Trump on republicans using the #NeverTrump:  [TAPPER] "....The hashtag - #neverTrump hashtag exploded on Twitter this weekend.  These are Republicans saying they will never vote for you.  Marco Rubio himself even used that hashtag.  What do you think of that?"[TRUMP]  "Well, he can do whatever he wants.  You know, I signed a pledge.  And the pledge is a two-way street.  And if it's not that way, you're going to have a big problem.  They're going to have a big problem with me.  We have tremendous amounts of people.  We have - as you know, you know, I'm going to Alabama today.  We're going to have 25,000 people and probably more than that.  We had to go to a football stadium because no building held it.  And we're going to have an amazing crowd.  And yesterday in Tennessee, I had 15,000 people in a hangar.  In Arkansas, you probably saw that one in the morning.  In Arkansas, we had about 15,000 people in a hangar.  And, you know, we have a lot of people.  I'm representing people.  I'm not representing myself.  I'm representing a lot of anger out there, and there's - we're not angry people, but we're angry at the way this country's being run.  And a lot of them are angry - angry at the way the Republican Party is being run, Jake….. [TAPPER]  I want to ask you about that, because Republicans in Washington, D.C., are starting to tell Republican senators that they don't have to go to the convention if you're the nominee, that they should think about running against you if you're the nominee.  That, combined with Marco Rubio doing the #neverTrump hashtag, do you think Republicans are violating the pledge?  [TRUMP]  Totally.  Totally.  I mean, if they want to play that game, I can play it much better than they can.  And I have a lot more people than they do - and, you know, totally.  If they're doing that, that's a total violation of the pledge, yes. 


Trump on his tax returns: "Well, number one, I fully disclosed my financials.  And I put them in actually right on time.  And nobody else did, by the way, but I put them in on time.  And it's almost 100 pages of financials.  And it shows over $10 billion.  If you figure it out, it's over $10 billion in net worth.  And it's an amazing company with great cash flow, very little debt, all of that.  You can't tell anything from tax returns, because you take deductions, massive deductions and lots of other things.  And you can't tell very much from a tax return.  You really can't tell anything as to that.  As far as gifts, I give a lot of money.  I could probably release a lot of the gifts that I have given over the years.  And I probably will do that some time next week.  We will just make a listing of the various monies that I have paid for two charities.  And I think that's a good idea, actually.  But I can't release tax returns when there's an audit.  Now, it's very unfair.  I have been treated very unfairly by the IRS, because I have been audited almost every year for 10 or 12 years.  And I have friends that are very rich people.  They never get audited.  And so I think I have been really singled out.  I don't know why I'm singled out, maybe because I'm a - very conservative, maybe because I'm Tea Party.  I feel Tea Party.  I have always been sort of that feeling of Tea Party.  I have always had great Tea Party support.  I don't know what it is, but I have been singled out." 


Trump on the Anti-Defamation League's call to condemn David Duke: "

[TRUMP] "Well, just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke.  OK?  I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.  So, I don't know.  I don't know, did he endorse me or what's going on, because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke.  I know nothing about white supremacists.  And so you're asking me a question that I'm supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about. " [TAPPER]  "But I guess the question from the Anti-Defamation League is, even if you don't know about their endorsement, there are these groups and individuals endorsing you.  Would you just say unequivocally you condemn them and you don't want their support? " [TRUMP]  "Well, I have to look at the group.  I mean, I don't know what group you're talking about.  You wouldn't want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about.  I would have to look.  If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them.  And, certainly, I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong. " [TAPPER]  "The Ku Klux Klan? " [TRUMP]  "But you may groups in there that are totally fine, and it would be very unfair.  So, give me a list of the groups, and I will let you know."  [TAPPER]  "OK.  I mean, I'm just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here, but..."[TRUMP]  I" don't know any - honestly, I don't know David Duke.  I don't believe I have ever met him.  I'm pretty sure I didn't meet him.  And I just don't know anything about him." 


Trump on who he would choose as his Vice President: "Well, I have a great business ability.  I have always had a great business ability.  And I built a great company.  And I don't need that, really, I don't believe, for what I'm doing.  I would want somebody that can - you know, that does have a little bit of an insider track, so we can get things through Congress.  He can work - he or she can work with me on getting, you know, papers filed, papers approved, so we don't have to use executive orders, like President Obama is always using his executive orders because he can't get - he just can't get anything approved.  He can't get anything through.  So, I would like the idea - I mean, just conceptually - it doesn't mean I'm going to do that, but, conceptually, I like the idea of a political person to go along with my abilities.  Now, I'm a very political person also, which people are just about starting to find out.  But I would rather have, I think, somebody that's political that can help.  But the most important position - now, look, for vice president, you have got to pick somebody who's going to be a great president, because, if something should happen - hopefully not - but if something should happen, the single most important quality would be a person that can be a great president."  



Topics: CNN
February 26th, 2016
01:10 PM ET



5th Highest Debate on Record and Highest Ranking Primary Debate in 2016

Immense Online Engagement: 2 Million + Live Streams

A combined 14.521 million total viewers watched the CNN/Telemundo Republican Debate last night according to Nielsen Fast National data.  Among adults 25-54, 4.684 million watched. This was the 5th highest among all primary debates on record and the highest ranking primary debate of 2016.

In total viewers, CNN averaged 13.256 million and Telemundo had 1.265 million.  Among adults 25-54, CNN registered 4.058 million and Telemundo had 626k.

Interest in CNN’s GOP Debate was evident in high web engagement and streaming viewership.  The day saw 10 million video starts and 2.1 million total live streams (web, app, Apple TV and Roku).  Streaming engagement peaked at 10:05 PM with 708,000 concurrent streams.

The debate was live from Houston, Texas and moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.  Questioners included Dana Bash, Telemundo’s Maria Celeste Arraras and Salem Radio host Hugh Hewitt.


Topics: CNN • Ratings
February 26th, 2016
12:02 AM ET

Full RUSH Transcript//CNN Republican Presidential Debate

RUSH TRANSCRIPT, Mandatory credit: CNN 


BLITZER: We're live here at the University of Houston for the 10th Republican presidential debate. 


BLITZER: An enthusiastic crowd is on hand here in the beautiful opera house at the Moore School of Music. Texas is the biggest prize next Tuesday, Super Tuesday, when 11 states vote, a day that will go a long way towards deciding who wins the Republican nomination.

We want to welcome our viewers in the United States and around the world. I'm Wolf Blitzer. This debate is airing on CNN, CNN International, and CNN in Espanol. It's also being seen on Telemundo and heard on the Salem Radio Network. Telemundo and Salem are our partners in this debate, along with the Republican National Committee.

We'd also like to welcome a very special guest with us here tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, the 41st president of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush.


Everyone here is looking forward to a lively debate. I'll be your moderator tonight. Joining me in the questioning, Telemundo host Maria Celesta Arrasas, CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash; and Salem Radio Network's Hugh Hewitt, who worked in the Reagan administration for six years.

Tonight, there are five Republican candidates and they're ready to join us right now.

Please welcome Ohio Governor John Kasich.


Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.


Businessman and real estate developer Donald Trump.


Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.


And retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson.


Ladies and gentlemen, welcome the Republican candidates for president of the United States.

the United States.


BLITZER: Now please rise for our national anthem, performed by country music artist, Deana Carter. 


BLITZER: Thank you very much, Deana Carter. A beautiful, beautiful national anthem. 

The final debate before Super Tuesday begins right after this quick break. 



BLITZER: Welcome back to the University of Houston and the Republican presidential debate. 

The candidates, they are now in place. Their positions were selected based on their standing in the delegate race through Nevada, with the top candidate in the center and the others extending outward. 

I want to tell you how tonight's debate will work. As moderator, I will guide the discussion, asking questions and follow-ups, as will Maria Celeste, Dana Bash and Hugh Hewitt. Candidates, you'll have a minute and 15 seconds to answer and 30 seconds for follow-ups and rebuttals. We have timing lights that are visible to the candidates. Those lights will warn you when your time is up, and as the candidates requested, a bell will sound like this. 


We know you all want to jump and debate these critically important issues, but please wait until you're called on. These are the rules all of the candidates have agreed to. 

It's time for the candidates to introduce themselves right now. You'll each have 30 seconds. Dr. Carson, you're first. 

CARSON: If someone had tried to describe today's America to you 30 years ago, you would have listened in disbelief. Americans know that our nation is heading off the abyss of destruction, secondary to divisiveness, fiscal irresponsibility, and failure to lead. 

Marco, Donald, Ted, John, we will not solve any of these problems by trying to destroy each other. What we need to do is be looking for solutions tonight. It's not about us, it's about the American people.  FULL POST

Topics: 2016 Election
February 25th, 2016
09:08 PM ET

USAGE RULES for CNN Republican Presidential Primary Debate

Domestic Broadcast Use: Upon conclusion of the debate, news organizations in the U.S. may use excerpts (up to 3:00minutes at a time) and must provide on screen credit throughout “Courtesy of CNN.” CNN Affiliates are asked to contact CNN Newsource for more information.

Domestic Digital Video Use: Similar to broadcast rules, upon conclusion of the debate, news organizations in the U.S. may use digital video clips (up to 3:00 minutes at a time) and must credit CNN. Select digital video clips of the debate will be shared with credentialed media during the debate for immediate use.

International Use – Broadcast and Digital (NON CNN AFFILIATES): Usage for international news organizations in broadcast and digital will be limited to one minute, CNN branded, after 1amET, for 24 hours only. All debate material will be “No Access Japan”. No redistribution by News Agencies. Please contact with additional inquiries: ins@turner.com


Topics: 2016 Election
February 25th, 2016
12:06 PM ET

CNN Returns to "The Eighties" with New Series From Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman Premiering Thursday, March 31, at 9PM ET/PT


Series Follows the Emmy-Nominated The Sixties and The Seventies

CNN will premiere the new seven-part documentary series, The Eightieson Thursday, March 31, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  From EMMY® Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO and EMMY® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog, The Eighties explores the individuals and events that shaped a decade of exceptionalism and excess.  Through its use of rarely seen archival footage and interviews with journalists, historians, musicians and television artists as eyewitnesses to history, The Eighties will look at the age of Reagan, the AIDS crisis, the end of the Cold War, Wall Street corruption, the tech boom,  and the expansion of television and the evolving music scene.  The series launches with a two-hour episode on 80s television.

Check out this “Name that 80s Theme Song” video to get stoked for the series premiere!  http://cnn.it/24mugGk

About CNN Original Series

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide.


Contact: Heather Brown; 212-275-8428; Heather.Brown@turner.com



Topics: CNN
CNNMoney Exclusive Investigation: The Hunt for Maria Duval
February 25th, 2016
07:40 AM ET

CNNMoney Exclusive Investigation: The Hunt for Maria Duval

CNNMoney’s award-winning investigative journalists Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken embarked on a months-long investigation to search for the woman who is the face of one of the biggest cons in history — French psychic Maria Duval.

The scam has lasted more than 20 years and has spanned more than a dozen countries. It has allegedly claimed at least 1.4 million victims in the United States alone.

And yet authorities around the world have been unable to shut it down.

In a five-part series beginning today, Ellis and Hicken trace the evolution of the scheme, uncovering a surprising world of shell companies and businessmen, and the role of Duval herself, whose existence even investigators have questioned.

Explore the series in full at CNNMoney.com/MariaDuval, and catch Ellis and Hicken on CNN’s New Day on Thursday morning to hear more about their investigation.

Follow CNNMoney's search at #PsychicScam


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNNMoney
February 24th, 2016
02:36 PM ET



CNNMoney started the year with record setting multiplatform, mobile and video numbers; scoring double and triple-digit gains in every category measured by comScore. Its strong performance solidified CNNMoney’s position as one of the Web’s Top 5 financial news destinations by any metric measured.

In January 2016 CNNMoney earned:

33 MILLION UNIQUE VISITORS (Desktop + Mobile + Tablet)

Up 10 million unique multiplatform visitors compared to December 2015 and +64% from the prior year, CNNMoney recorded 33 million multiplatform unique visitors, ahead of Bloomberg.com, the Wall Street Journal Online and CNBC.com.


January 2016 broke all prior records for mobile unique visitors, a 109% increase from the prior year, CNNMoney posted 21 million mobile unique visitors, ahead of Bloomberg.com, CNBC.com, AOL-HuffPost Money & Finance and more.


CNNMoney saw its best month in video stream history in January with 7.4 million unique video viewers – ahead of BusinessInsider.com, the Wall Street Journal Online and Forbes.com. It also posted 45.5 million video streams, ranking it ahead of the Wall Street Journal Online, BusinessInsider.com, Motley Fool and others.


Not only are more visitors coming to CNNMoney, they are staying longer. January of 2016 recorded triple-digit increases from the year prior, to include 616 million minutes spent on the property, once again surpassing the Wall Street Journal Online, BusinessInsider.com, Forbes.com and more. Video minutes were also strong. CNNMoney users spent 373 million minutes watching video in January alone – the equivalent of more than 700 years.
**Source: comScore Multi-Platform Report, January 2016. Multi-Platform records date to February 2013. Video Metrix data is desktop online. All video data is desktop only.

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