March 31st, 2016
04:50 PM ET


On January 28, 1986 CNN was the only national broadcast network to carry the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger on live TV. Today, CNNVR has brought that viewing experience back through virtual reality.

In partnership with TimeLooper, a location-based time travel app known for its ability to take users back to a specific point in time through virtual reality, CNN embarked on an incredibly ambitious VR reenactment shoot: rebuilding a version of the CNN studios circa 1986 to bring users back to the moment of the Challenger explosion.

Archival footage from inside the CNN studio that day and consultation with current CNN staffers who witnessed the moment as it unfolded helped reconstruct the scene. 

The CNNVR team rented vintage cameras, built a set with 20 pieces, hired 40 actors, hair & makeup, wardrobe and used CGI effects to recreate the moment. 

With an introduction from Anderson Cooper, the project takes you right back to 1986 and that tragic day in history.

The experience can be viewed on CNN’s Facebook page, CNN’s Android App and on the TimeLooper App. 



CNNVR is the network's virtual reality newsgathering and storytelling operation. CNN was the first media outlet to live stream a major news event in virtual reality with the trailblazing project of capturing and streaming CNN's Republican and Democratic Debates in the fall of 2015. Praised by critics for "flipping conventional wisdom on its head," CNNVR has produced both domestic and international stories through the technology, including a front row seat to a political rally and memorials in the cities of Brussels and Paris.

CNN Android App Now Features 360 Video Playback
March 31st, 2016
03:38 PM ET

CNN Android App Now Features 360 Video Playback

CNN announced today that its latest update to the CNN App for Android Phones includes the ability to playback 360 video from within the app – not requiring the use of another device or application.

For the first time, users will be able to see 360, virtual reality videos in the core CNN Android app, showcasing the commitment to virtual reality across CNN Digital platforms. A user can view the experience today on Android devices by watching the latest production from the CNNVR team.

The CNN App for Android Phones is available for free on Android Market.  For more information about the CNN App for Android, go to

March 31st, 2016
06:38 AM ET



CNN Style's Derek Blasberg

  • CNN’s new home for global stories about the worlds of art, design, fashion and luxury
  • Launches Saturday 9 April at 1330 BST / 1430 CET
  • Hosted by journalist and author Derek Blasberg

CNN Style is coming to TV screens – 15 years after the iconic Elsa Klensch was last on the network, and on the back of style being reimagined for the digital age in 2015 with the launch of

The first 30-minute monthly CNN Style show will air on CNN International from Saturday 9   April, fronted by journalist and author Derek Blasberg. FULL POST

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Topics: CNN
March 30th, 2016
01:38 PM ET



CNN #1 in Prime Time and Each Hour

Outperformed the Combined Delivery of Fox News and MSNBC

Last night’s CNN GOP Town Hall (8-11pm) was the most-watched on record in cable news in both total viewers and adults 25-54.  Hosted by Anderson Cooper, the Wisconsin Town Hall was #1 in prime time, averaging 3.263 million total viewers, Fox News followed with 1.996 million and MSNBC had 1.156 million according to Nielsen Fast National data.  Among 25-54, CNN was also #1 with 1.062 million – outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News (422k) and MSNBC (292k).

CNN was also No. 1 each hour last night in both total viewers and among adults 25-54:

8pm                 Total Viewers              Adults 25-54

CNN               2.784m                     853k

Fox News       2.230m                       437k

MSNBC          1.022m                        255k


9pm                 Total Viewers              Adults 25-54

CNN               4.036m                    1.334m

Fox News       1.905m                        363k

MSNBC          1.360m                        340k


10pm               Total Viewers              Adults 25-54

CNN               2.969m                    999k

Fox News       1.853m                        466k

MSNBC          1.085m                        282k


The post-program, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (11p-midnight) also ranked #1 among total viewers and the demo 25-54 last night.  In total viewers, CNN had 1.353 million, Fox News registered 961k and MSNBC posted 625k.  In the demo, CNN averaged 480k, Fox News followed with 276k and MSNBC had 188k.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Tuesday, March 29.  All data based on Live+SD.


Topics: CNN • Ratings
March 30th, 2016
12:10 AM ET

Full Rush Transcript: Gov. John Kasich, CNN Milwaukee Republican Presidential Town Hall

CNN Milwaukee Republican Presidential Town Hall

RUSH TRANSCRIPT, Mandatory credit: CNN 




COOPER: And welcome back.  There is history all around us here at downtown Milwaukee's Riverside Theater, which opened in 1928. It was nearly destroyed by fire in 1966. It was lovingly restored in the 80s and has been at the heart of this city's cultural life ever since. It is a magnificent theater.

We're here in the mid of a history-making Republican presidential campaign, bringing voters face to face with the candidates, showcasing their questions and bringing it all to you at home.  Joining us now is Ohio's governor, John Kasich.


Topics: 2016 Election • Transcripts
March 29th, 2016
11:20 PM ET

Full Rush Transcript: Donald Trump, CNN Milwaukee Republican Presidential Town Hall

CNN Milwaukee Republican Presidential Town Hall

RUSH TRANSCRIPT, Mandatory credit: CNN 


COOPER:  And welcome back.  We're coming to you tonight from the Riverside Theater in downtown Milwaukee with the "360" townhall.  The three remaining Republican candidates campaigning hard with the primary here just a week away.  We heard so far from Senator Ted Cruz.  Right now the GOP front-runner, New York businessman Donald Trump.


Topics: 2016 Election • Transcripts
March 29th, 2016
10:37 PM ET

Full Rush Transcript: Sen. Ted Cruz, CNN Milwaukee Republican Presidential Town Hall

CNN Milwaukee Republican Presidential Town Hall

RUSH TRANSCRIPT, Mandatory credit: CNN 


ANDERSON COOPER: Welcome to all of you who are joining us. We're here with the three remaining Republican candidates. In the audience tonight Republican and some independents, all of whom say they are voting in next week's Republican primary. Some have already made their decisions on a candidate, others still undecided.

They came up with the questions you'll hear tonight. We reviewed them to make sure the questions don't overlap. I'm going to ask a few questions as well, but tonight this town hall is a chance for voters to hear at length from the candidates.

So, let's get right to it. Joining us right now, the U.S. Senator from Texas. Please welcome Ted Cruz.


Topics: 2016 Election • Transcripts
March 29th, 2016
02:01 PM ET





Narrows Gap with Fox News to Closest in Seven Years;

Dominates MSNBC in All Dayparts, Biggest Prime Time Margin in Eight Years

Race for the White House Most-Watched CNN Original Series Ever

CNN is #2 Network in ALL of Cable in March 

CNN had its most-watched quarter in Total Day in seven years (since 1Q 2009) and best prime time since 4Q 2008 in total viewers and adults 25-54.

For the quarter (January-March) that ended on Sunday, CNN ranked #2 in cable news across every daypart (Total Day, M-Su and M-F prime time). CNN was the fastest growing Top 70 cable network in prime time, up triple-digits in total viewers (+162%) and adults 25-54 (+139%).

CNN’s 9am-4pm dayside programming also had its highest ratings in seven years among total viewers (since Q1 2009), with 51% more viewers than MSNBC (690k vs. MSNBC’s 458k) and highest ratings in more than four years (since Q2 2011) among adults P25-54 with 67% more viewers (167k vs. 100k).

CNN ranked #1 across cable news among adults 25-54 this quarter in both weekend Total Day and weekend prime time.

Of particular note, CNN narrowed the gap with Fox News to the closest it’s been in at least seven years in both total viewers and adults 25-54 in all three dayparts (Total Day, M-Su and M-F prime time).

Also this quarter, CNN posted its biggest quarterly total viewer advantage over MSNBC in prime time in eight years.  CNN has now outperformed MSNBC in Total Day for eight straight quarters (total viewers and among 25-54).  In prime time, CNN topped MSNBC for the seventh straight quarter in total viewers and for the eighth in prime.  This is the longest quarterly streak since 4Q 2008.

Among ALL cable networks, CNN ranked #7 in M-F prime and #11 in M-Su prime in total viewers this quarter.


1Q 2016 vs 1Q 2015



Mornings, Afternoons:

  • CNN’S New Day (6-9am) had its most-watched quarter ever in both total viewers and among adults 25-54.  New Day has topped or tied MSNBC’s Morning Joe among adults 25-54 for 18 of the last 21 months.  This quarter, New Day grew vs. a year ago, increasing +26% in total viewers and +10% in the demo 25-54.
  • The Lead with Jake Tapper (4pm) ranked #2 in cable news at 4pm, easily topping MSNBC in both total viewers (794k vs. MSNBC’s 487k) and the demo 25-54 (185k vs. 100k).  The Lead grew +33% and + 19% compared to last year.
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (5-7pm) also had a very strong quarter, easily topping MSNBC in both total viewers and the demo.  The Blitzer-led program was also up +40% in total viewers and up +24% in the demo 25-54 vs. a year ago.


  • Erin Burnett Outfront (7pm):  For the seventh straight quarter, Outfront beat MSNBC’s Hardball in the demo (253k vs. 183k).  This represents the network’s highest total viewer delivery during this time period in seven years (since 1Q 2009).   EBOF also grew the most in cable news at 7pm in total viewers, increasing +43% from a year ago.  The program was also up +30% in the demo vs. last year.
  • Anderson Cooper 360 (8pm) had its best total viewer and demo 25-54 delivery in over seven years (since 4Q 2008) this quarter.  AC 360 ranked #2 in cable news, easily topping MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes in both total viewers (1.1 million  vs. 897k) and in the demo (334k vs. 205k).  CNN has now topped MSNBC for six of the last seven quarters in total viewers and for eight consecutive quarters among adults 25-54 at 8pm.  AC 360 was up an impressive +83% in total viewers and +60% among adults 25-54.
  • CNN programming at 9pm had its highest total viewer and demo 25-54 delivery in over six years (since 3Q 2009).
  • CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (10pm) ranked #2 in cable news at 10pm among adults 25-54, with CNN now posting its eighth consecutive quarterly win over MSNBC at 10pm (260k vs. MSNBC’s 209k) .  The Lemon-led show was also up +68% among total viewers and +51% in the demo 25-54.


  • New Day Saturday ranked #2 at 7am and 8am in both total viewers and among adults 25-54; growing every hour vs. last year.  MSNBC ranked either 3rd or 4th.
  • Smerconish (9am and 6pm) easily topped MSNBC ranking #2 in total viewers and demo 25-54.  At 9am, the show grew +29% in both total viewers and adults 25-54 and at 6pm was up +57%/+41% respectively.
  • CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield ranked #1 in cable news from noon-3pm this quarter among adults 25-54, growing each hour compared to a year ago.  The show was #2 in total viewers.  MSNBC was third among Total Viewers and fourth in the demo.
  • CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow ranked #2 during the 3-6pm hours in total viewers and the demo 25-54; also growing each hour vs. a year ago.


  • Inside Politics with John King ranked #2 on Sundays at 8:30am easily topping MSNBC in total viewers (703k vs. MSNBC’s 360k) and adults 25-54 (198k vs. 92k). The program was also up double digits (67%/60%) versus a year ago.
  • State of the Union with Jake Tapper ranked #2 on Sundays at 9pm, increasing  +67% in total viewers (792k) and +70% among adults 25-54 (225k) vs. last year. SOTU ranked #1 at noon in the key demo 25-54, averaging 227k, +61% vs. a year ago.  The Tapper-led program ranked #2 in total viewers (935k) at noon, increasing +52% compared to last year.
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS (10am) ranked #2 in total viewers (855k, up +42%) and among the demo adults 25-54 (223k, up +27%).  At 1pm, GPS was #1 in the demo, averaging 188k, up +36% from last year.  The program was #2 in total viewers (796k), growing +33% from last year.
  • Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter (11am) ranked #2 in cable news, growing double-digits vs. a year ago in total viewers (809k, +44%) and in the demo 25-54 (215k, +41%).


The series premiere of Race for the White House was the most-watched CNN Original Series telecast ever in total viewers, adults 25-54 and 18-34.  The next premiere episode was the second most watched.  This season- to-date, both Race for the White House and The Wonder List with Bill Weir ranked #1 across cable news in their respective time periods among all three demos.


  • CNN is the #2 network in total viewers and M-F prime time in ALL of cable in March.
  • In all of cable this month vs. a year ago, CNN is the fastest growing network in prime time (M-Su/M-F) among both total viewers and adults 25-54.
  • In all of cable this month vs. a year ago, CNN is the fastest growing network in total day among total viewers, posting the only triple-digit increase.
  • CNN also ranks #2 in cable news, topping MSNBC for the 21st straight month in both Total Day (in total viewers and demo rating) and in M-Su/M-F Primetime in the key demo rating.  This is the longest streak since February 2008.
  • CNN ranked #2 in cable news in prime time (M-Su/M-F) in total viewers for the fourth straight month
  • New Day has topped or tied MSNBC’s Morning Joe among adults 25-54 for 18 of the last 21 months.
  • CNN delivered its highest dayside delivery (9a-4p) in total viewers in over six years (since July 2009).
  • CNN topped MSNBC at 7pm, 8pm and 10pm among 25-54 for the 21st straight month.
  • CNN ranked #1 across cable news on weekends in Total Day among adults 25-54, and in Weekend Prime among both 25-54 and total viewers.


Topics: CNN • Ratings
March 28th, 2016
11:18 AM ET

"United Shades of America," New CNN Original Series Hosted by W. Kamau Bell, Debuts Sunday, April 24, at 10PM ET/PT

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United Shades of America, a new CNN Original Series hosted by W. Kamau Bell, premieres on Sunday, April 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  The eight-part series follows the comedian as he explores subcultures across the country, using comedy to start a conversation about race and how our differences unite and divide us.  The series takes Kamau from the far corners of Alaska to Florida's retirement homes to America's most notorious prison.  Each hour-long episode strives to show the country is not built upon just one, but many diverse and colorful definitions of America.

In the premiere episode, Kamau heads to the South to challenge the 'new' Ku Klux Klan.  This generation of Klansmen claims they have rebranded and Kamau must see for himself.

United Shades of America is produced by Objective Media Group America/All3Media America.  Bell, Jimmy Fox, Star Price and Layla Smith serve as executive producers.  The series will regularly air Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT following new episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

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.  Lizzie Kerner, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.

Press Contact:  Heather Brown; 212-275-8428;



Topics: CNN
Senator Johnson on ISIS getting a hold of nuclear weapons “Our critical infrastructure is vulnerable… It’s highly concerning”
March 27th, 2016
12:02 PM ET

Senator Johnson on ISIS getting a hold of nuclear weapons “Our critical infrastructure is vulnerable… It’s highly concerning”

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss ISIS, Brussels and more.

For more information, see Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

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

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas —; Brooke Lorenz-

CNN STORY: Ron Johnson on ISIS: 'Our critical infrastructure is vulnerable’


Johnson on the possibility of ISIS accessing a nuclear plant: [TAPPER] “Are you at all concerned that ISIS could infiltrate a nuclear plant in Europe?  Or is that just too far afield, do you think? [JOHNSON] “No, no, I'm highly concerned about that, but not only in Europe.  Look at the attack on the Metcalf power station in California.  We have not solved that.  That is a very disconcerting chain of events here.  So, trust me, our critical infrastructure is vulnerable to cyber-attack, to potential terrorist attack.  And we're not taking this threat seriously enough. It's highly concerning.”

Johnson on the threat of another ISIS attack in Europe: “Well, we're being told there are no specific, credible threats.  And I have to believe the officials. And it would make sense that there are probably more plots being hatched in Europe as we speak.  Europe obviously is in greater danger.  They're in closer proximity to the Middle East.  We're seeing this surge of refugees. We now know that a couple of those terrorists came into Europe with that refugee flow.  So what we're unraveling or what the officials in Europe are unraveling are these cells and these plots.  And, unfortunately, this is exactly what Islamic terrorists are trying to sow, what you're seeing in Brussels today, the type of civil unrest.  They're trying to destabilize different countries.  And they're doing a pretty good job of it.

Johnson on his strategy to defeat ISIS: “We need to just have a more robust effort.  We need to assemble that coalition of the willing. And the reason we haven't assembled them is because we have not shown the leadership.  President Obama took off the table that - the same day that he declared the goal, he basically took off the table the very ingredient that was going to be necessary.  And that's American troops on the ground.  Now, I don't think we have to have that many of them.  We haven't heard out of this administration a real strategy for defeating ISIS.  But we actually have to show the leadership, so that the coalition of the willing will actually assemble around us. And let's face it.  I think Europe is probably a little bit more primed to really join that coalition.  This has got to be a long-term effort.  The historic blunder of President Obama was leaving Iraq.  After all the sacrifice, after the stabilization of the Iraq, we bugged out. And as a result, that coalition disintegrated, and ISIS was able to rise from the ashes of what was a defeated al Qaeda in Iraq.  We have to learn the lessons of histories.  We have to be relentless in our pursuit of stamping out Islamic terror.”

Johnson on using torture as an interrogation technique: [TAPPER] “…Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, said this week he would have talked a lot faster with the torture.  Do you agree?” [JOHNSON] “What we really need to do - and I have been down to Guantanamo Bay and I have talked to the people that do the interviews. And the way you actually gather intelligence that's effective is over a long period of time.  And what this administration has done, in their quest to close down Guantanamo Bay, we stopped capturing, detaining and questioning Islamic terrorists.  Now, we're doing some of that.  We're starting to capture some of the Islamic terrorists, some of the ISIS operatives.  Fortunately, we captured one that was a former Iraqi chemical weapons expert.  And that individual apparently started to sing like a canary.  So, we were able to take out some of those installations. But we need a long-term facility for long-term detention.  And that's really how you gather intelligence, is capturing people, detaining them, and interviewing them over a long period of time, finding discrepancies between themselves - between their own testimony and that of their fellow operatives.”

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