CNN Names Digital Leadership Team
Andrew Morse, Meredith Artley and Alex Wellen will lead CNN's digital operation.
November 12th, 2014
09:51 AM ET

CNN Names Digital Leadership Team

Andrew Morse to Oversee CNN Digital Global Operations and Editorial

Alex Wellen Named Chief Product Officer

Meredith Artley Promoted to Editor-in-chief 

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker announced today a new management structure for CNN Digital led by Andrew Morse, Meredith Artley and Alex Wellen.

"We recognize that digital platforms are often the first screens that touch our users, and that's why we consider this area of our business and editorial development among the most important we will focus on in the year ahead,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.  “I have complete confidence in Andrew, Meredith and Alex, and the talented teams working alongside them in these important roles and can't wait to see all that they will accomplish."

In an effort to fully integrate the network’s news divisions and streamline its management team, Andrew Morse has expanded his role with CNN Worldwide, adding GM of CNN Digital to his responsibilities.  In addition to leading global operations and editorial for CNN Digital, Morse will continue to oversee all of CNN’s domestic newsgathering, as well as the Washington bureau’s programming and editorial efforts.  Andrew joined CNN after heading programming, editorial, operations and development for Bloomberg Television. Prior to that he spent 15 years at ABC in various production and executive roles across TV and digital, ultimately overseeing ABC News’ digital portfolio. FULL POST


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital
#Hambycast Goes Live for Election Night
November 3rd, 2014
01:20 PM ET

#Hambycast Goes Live for Election Night

As the Election Night results stream in and races are called, CNN’s Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN) will break down the key races and what it means for American politics in a live version of his weekly Hambycast series - featuring analysis and a little dose of humor from key campaign insiders.

Beginning at 8 p.m., the running commentary will stream on CNN.com and tap into live reaction from guests, Republican strategist Tim Miller (@Timodc), the Democratic National Committee’s Lily Adams (@adamslily) and Emily’s List’s Jess McIntosh (@jess_mc). Keep an eye out for cameos from other members of the CNN Politics team and maybe even a red solo cup or two.

Join in on the conversation by using the #Hambycast hashtag.

CNN.com Takes #1 Video and Traffic Spots, Dominates Social and Mobile
October 22nd, 2014
08:25 AM ET

CNN.com Takes #1 Video and Traffic Spots, Dominates Social and Mobile

With nearly 1 billion page views, CNN.com overcame Yahoo News for the month of September to become the most consumed news and information website in the U.S.  CNN.com also snagged from Yahoo News the top spot in video starts for the first time on record. Adding to its unprecedented performance, CNN Digital maintained its 7-year mobile lead over all competitors while the network exhibited ongoing social dominance on Twitter and Facebook.  

#1 in Traffic

Topping Yahoo News by 16% in September, CNN.com earned more page views than any competitor:

CNN.com:  993mm page views

·      Yahoo News: 855mm (16%)
·      FoxNews.com: 706mm (41%)
·      Huffingtonpost.com: 658mm (51%)
·      NYTimes.com: 474mm (110%)
·      USATODAY.com: 307mm (224%)
·      NBCNews.com: 227mm (338%)
·      ABCNews.com: 112mm (787%)
·      CBSNews.com: 53mm (1767%)

    Source: comScore Media Metrix, September 2014

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Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • Mobile • Ratings
September 24th, 2014
08:01 AM ET

CNN Digital Studios Presents Street Food with Roy Choi

Celebrity Chef Roy Choi takes a dive into the flavors, sounds and styles of Los Angeles in his new CNN web series – Street Food. Roy dips into the lives of cultural tastemakers to get their perspectives on how everyday trends and cultural movements are born. These are influencers who may work in and around Hollywood, but tackle life with a DIY, on-the-ground approach. Thus the title, Street Food.

The latest CNN Digital Studios production goes live on October 13 and debuts across CNN Digital (CNN.com, CNN Mobile Products, CNN Social), with all eight episodes premiering at once. Interview subjects include: Michelle Phan (YouTube sensation), Jon Favreau (filmmaker), Mike D. (Beastie Boy), Anthony Bourdain (traveler) and Sage Vaughn (artist).

This is the latest series from CNN Digital Studios, the premium digital content arm of CNN, and ahead of Dhani Jones’ Be a Champion due out in early 2015.

Take a sneak peek into the series on CNN.com, and exclusive early images of some of the episodes to come:

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Street Food with Roy Choi

Topics: CNN Digital • Digital • Digital Studios
September 4th, 2014
09:08 AM ET

CNN Politics Debuts "Hambycast" Series

CNN’s resident Boy on the Bus, Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN), is taking viewers into the world of political campaigns through his own personal lens with the launch of Hambycast. The weekly series will provide a uniquely candid and casual look at American political campaigns, beyond the speeches and staged events - right into the heart of personal on-the-ground retail politics.

In the debut episode, Hamby proves he has the best job in journalism as he cracks a beer with college football fans, like Texas Governor Rick Perry, while tailgating at the University of South Carolina.

Be on the lookout for this weekly project, produced in partnership by CNN Politics and CNN Digital Studios.

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Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Politics • Hambycast • Peter Hamby • Video
Meet CNN's New Head of Social News
June 25th, 2014
11:06 AM ET

Meet CNN's New Head of Social News

Joining CNN from across the pond is the lovely and talented Samantha Barry – new senior director of social news.  She comes to our fair network from BBC World News where she's been working with both their TV and digital teams to make the most of their news coverage across social platforms.  Hailing from Ireland and currently living in London, "Sam" has worked in over 25 countries - from Iraq to Nigeria - as a media trainer for the U.S. State Department.  At CNN, she'll harness our massive social footprint and really turn up the heat on engagement.  In addition, Sam will be charged with reimagining and amplifying the power of CNN iReport.  She'll be based in New York and report to Meredith Artley, VP and Managing Editor, CNN Digital.

Rather than posting another boring press release, CNN PR decided to mix things up with ten questions to help get to know Samantha Barry.  Read on and join us in welcoming her to CNN: @samanthabarry.

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Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • Digital • iReport • Social Media
CNN and Tumblr Team Up for Live Hillary Clinton Town Hall: Hard Choices
June 12th, 2014
10:30 AM ET

CNN and Tumblr Team Up for Live Hillary Clinton Town Hall: Hard Choices

Users Can Submit Questions for Hillary Clinton

CNN and Tumblr have teamed up for the first time to invite viewers worldwide to submit questions to Hillary Clinton for CNN’s Global Townhall, moderated by Christiane Amanpour.

“CNN has a history of pushing the envelope on interactive television, and this partnership with Tumblr continues the tradition of inviting the creativity of our audience to enrich our television event, and to inform our questioning.” Michelle Jaconi, said Executive Producer of Cross Platform Programming.

Viewers will be able to submit questions – in any form (text, video, animated gif) – via CNN’s event Tumblr: http://hillarytownhall.tumblr.com/, and CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will pose some of the best to Clinton during CNN’s live broadcast.

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Topics: Amanpour • CNN • CNN Digital
CNN to Ring NYSE Closing Bell to Celebrate Relaunch and Expansion of CNNMoney
June 10th, 2014
12:00 PM ET

CNN to Ring NYSE Closing Bell to Celebrate Relaunch and Expansion of CNNMoney

Today at 4p ET, CNNMoney, one of the world’s top business news brands, led by CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker, will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and ring The Closing Bell to commemorate the re-imagined CNNMoney, a now fully-owned CNN Worldwide property.

Joining Mr. Zucker on the platform will be:

  • Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans
  • International Business Correspondent Richard Quest
  • Sr. Media Correspondent Brian Stelter
  • Business Correspondent Alison Kosik
  • Business & Personal Finance Correspondent Zain Asher
  • Technology Correspondent Laurie Segall
  • EVP of CNN News Services Susan Grant
  • VP & Managing Editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley
  • VP of CNN Money & Politics Ed O’Keefe
  • Managing Editor of CNNMoney Rich Barbieri
  • Director of Business News Caleb Silver
  • SVP of Communications & CMO Allison Gollust
  • Sr. Director of PR Matt Dornic

Following the closing bell ceremony, Richard Quest will anchor CNN International’s Quest Means Business from the floor of the NYSE.  CNN’s Jake Tapper will take the feed at the top of The Lead.

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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 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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