Over 350 global business leaders gathered yesterday to discuss the theme “Beyond Oil in a Changing World” at the inaugural CNN Middle East Business Forum held at Four Seasons Abu Dhabi on Al Maryah Island.
Keynote speeches were given by former President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso (pictured) and Mubadala’s Group Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director H.E. Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
Panel discussions and interviews with a stellar list of speakers were conducted by CNN’s foremost experts on business and the Middle East – Anchor and Managing Editor, Abu Dhabi, Becky Anderson, CNNMoney Editor at Large Richard Quest, and CNNMoney Emerging Markets Editor John Defterios. A virtual reality ‘Back to the Future’ session from CNN’s Jason Farkas closed proceedings.
A host of global business leaders will come together to discuss the theme “Beyond Oil in a Changing World” at the first ever CNN Middle East Business Forum. The Forum will be held at Four Seasons Abu Dhabi on Al Maryah Island, the capital’s business and lifestyle destination and home to the world’s newest international financial centre.
Taking place on 26 November as the eyes of the world turn to the UAE during the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, the Forum will feature talks from prominent global and regional leaders and visionaries, and be attended by over 350 esteemed members of the business community. Discussion will be led and accompanied by analysis from CNN’s foremost experts on business and Middle East – Anchor and Managing Editor, Abu Dhabi, Becky Anderson, CNNMoney Editor at Large Richard Quest, and CNNMoney Emerging Markets Editor John Defterios.
EMS figures released today by Ipsos confirm that CNN dominates the audience race amongst news and business networks, reaching upscale Europeans via its television and digital services in greater numbers every month than any other brand in its category.
CNN’s monthly leadership reaffirms the brand’s cross-platform strength. Across TV + digital platforms*, CNN reaches 41% of the data set, ahead of Sky News (30%), BBC World (30%), Euronews (29%), CNBC (15%) and Bloomberg (12%). FULL POST
The Future of Europe: Greece Votes
Greek citizens return to the polls Sunday, June 17 after failing to form a government following the May 6 election. CNN’s Richard Quest, John Defterios and Matthew Chance will lead CNN International’s coverage Sunday and Monday from Athens, Greece with additional reports from CNN correspondents around the world.
From Germany to Tokyo, CNN correspondents will report on regional reaction to the election results, focusing on the trading floors as the global financial markets respond. CNN's Diana Magnay, Jim Bittermann, Al Goodman and Felicia Taylor will report live as the world wakes up to a new Greece and the potential for a new Europe.
CNN International's special coverage on Greece's election, 'The Future of Europe: Greece Votes' will begin Sunday, June 17 at noon ET and continue after the polls close. On Monday, June 18 'Global Exchange' and 'Quest Means Business' will broadcast live from Athens.
In a special live edition of CNN's 'Your Money' on Sunday at 3pmET, Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) and Christine Romans (@ChristineRomans) cover the French election and Greece. They will be joined by CNN's Paris-based correspondent Jim Bitterman and Hala Gorani (@HalaGorani) from Paris, Matthew Chance (@mchanceCNN) from Athens, Al Goodman (@algoodmanCNN) from Madrid and John Defterious (@JDefteriosCNN) from Abu Dhabi.
Launching November 7, new prime time business show airs Sunday – Thursdays live from Abu Dhabi as network continues to expand its business programming portfolio 11am ET, 4pm GMT, 5pm CET.
CNN International is expanding its business programming portfolio this autumn with the launch of ‘Global Exchange’, an hour-long weekday focus on the emerging markets looking at how emerging market news is framing the new world order.
Alert to the huge impact that the BRICS and other emerging markets are having on the world’s economy, ‘Global Exchange’ will report, analyse and interpret the events, players, trends and indices that are impacting and influencing the global financial community, at a time when business has never been a more significant part of the news agenda.
"CNN is constantly looking to anticipate its audience's needs, and dynamic, relevant business output has long been core to the news mix we offer,” said Katherine Green, CNN International’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. “Now we’re going a step further. There is no question that understanding the impact of emerging markets on your business is key to unlocking future success in the global marketplace. ‘Global Exchange’ will provide the information and context that matters to keep our smart, forward-looking audiences right on top of the emerging market news they need to know. The international spread of our correspondents and contributors makes us perfectly placed to cover the countries and markets that really matter.”
About ‘Global Exchange’:
Anchored out of Abu Dhabiat the cross roads between east and west, ‘Global Exchange’ draws extensively on CNN’s network of international correspondents to provide a unique vantage point on the new dynamics at play in today’s business world. The show is presented by emerging markets editor, John Defterios, whose expertise is flanked by regular contributions from Robyn Curnow and Errol Barnett in South Africa, Luis Carlos Velez across Latin America, Shasta Darlington from CNN’s soon-to-open Brazil bureau, Mallika Kapur in India, Ramy Inocencio in Hong Kong and Richard Quest from the UK, bringing audiences the stories and interviews that matter from Brazil to China, Russia to India, Africa to Central Asia and beyond.
‘Global Exchange’ also includes the ‘GX20’, a global hotlist of some of the world’s biggest economic thinkers. The GX20 will be drawn from the key emerging markets, from acrossChina,Russia,India andSouth Africa, contributing daily to the show and bringing an added dimension to the business stories that count. There will also be a dedicated look at Generation Xchange, the youth who make up the real foundation for future growth.
The show also features ‘Along the Silk Road’, a weekly five minute bespoke segment that will explore the burgeoning trade and investment links from the Middle East to Asia – Beijing, Mumbai, Istanbul, Kabul, Moscow, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Dubai. The series surveys the export driven economies, countries with vast capitals of reserve and natural resources, which economic forecasters pinpoint as the ringleaders of growth for the next quarter of a century. ‘Along the Silk Road’ will be a high quality blend of polished feature reports and high profile interviews with newsmakers – those at the cutting edge of this geo-political shift.
The new show will have a dedicated webpage at www.cnn.com/globalexchange featuring the latest facts and figures from emerging markets, plus expert analysis from contributors and presenters.
Audiences can also follow the show on Twitter at @CNNGlobalEx for the latest show news, guest information and more.
‘Global Exchange’ is a strong addition to CNN’s vibrant portfolio of business programming, a fresh complement to the successful ‘Quest Means Business’ show, the recently expanded ‘Marketplace’ franchise, and the long-running popular World Business Today strand, at a time when business stories continue to set the world news agenda.
“’Global Exchange’ is part of the growing roster of programme production coming out of CNN Abu Dhabi,” added Deborah Rayner, VP and Managing Editor for CNN International Europe/Middle East/Africa. “It highlights the increasing importance of CNN’sMiddle East newsgathering, broadcasting and production hub to CNN’s global operation. We’re excited to be offering even more content from the region for our global audiences.”
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CNN International can be seen in 255 million households and hotel rooms in over 200 countries...including more than 38 million across the Asia Pacific region and online at www.cnn.com/international
CNN's John Defterios spoke exclusively to Greece's Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos in Athens today about his country's debt dealings.
Venizelos told Defterios "the Greek people are absolutely ready to accept very strong sacrifices" in order to reestablish national dignity and fiscal and financial independence.
Full transcript after the jump.
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