New Ipsos Affluent Survey Middle East results: CNN is the Middle East’s #1 international news channel
July 11th, 2016
05:21 AM ET

New Ipsos Affluent Survey Middle East results: CNN is the Middle East’s #1 international news channel

CNN is again named as the #1 international news channel in daily, weekly and monthly reach in the Ipsos Affluent Survey Middle East.

The independent industry research study shows that the CNN International TV channel reaches 21% of the Middle East’s elite population* every month. This is well ahead of Al Jazeera English (16% reach), BBC World News (12%), CNBC (10%) and Sky News (9%) **. All other international news brands are even further behind.

CNN’s monthly reach across the Middle East increases to 28% when its digital properties are added to the scale of linear TV***.

CNN is also the #1 international news brand across the region in monthly cross-platform reach amongst core audience segments of Influential Opinion Leaders (41% reach across Middle East), Luxury Consumers (33% reach), Business Decision Makers (38% reach), High Income Earners (45% reach) and International Business Travellers (37%)****. Again – this is far ahead of all other international news competitors.

“CNN has made a sustained commitment to the Middle East for many years now,” said Rani Raad, President, CNN International Commercial. “We launched CNN Arabic and have continued to invest in the service; in the last year we have unveiled new studios and facilities at our major production hubs in Abu Dhabi and Dubai; and we have moved our flagship show Connect the World to be produced and broadcast from the region. This commitment puts CNN in the unique perspective of being able to uncover stories for and about the region as part of our wider output as the world’s news leader. We are proud that this approach across TV and digital continues to resonate with Middle East audiences as well as our commercial partners across the region.” FULL POST

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for Sunday EXCLUSIVE on July 10
July 7th, 2016
04:25 PM ET

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for Sunday EXCLUSIVE on July 10

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria interviewed Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto from the Canadian capital of Ottawa for a global broadcast exclusive Sunday, July 10 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.

Portions of the interview will first broadcast across CNN’s television, mobile, and digital platforms on Friday, July 8.

Interview topics included his views on U.S. immigration policies, the current U.S. presidential election, and the Mexican government’s war against drug cartels.

Mr. Peña Nieto’s interview will be partially in English and partially translated to English from Spanish.

Viewers can comment on this special broadcast via Twitter by using the hashtag #FZGPS. FULL POST

Bitdefender turns to CNN for smart home cybersecurity branded content campaign
July 7th, 2016
03:45 AM ET

Bitdefender turns to CNN for smart home cybersecurity branded content campaign

Bitdefender, a leading internet security technology company protecting 500 million users worldwide, is raising awareness about cybersecurity threats in the Internet of Things space (IoT) through a unique, highly targeted advertising campaign on CNNMoney with a goal to grow sales of its Bitdefender BOX product.

In one of CNN International Commercial (CNNIC)’s largest digital-only projects, Bitdefender is sponsoring a bespoke CNNMoney video series 'Unhackable', integrated with branded content and a range of rich digital ad formats. The Unhackable landing page will feature on CNNMoney throughout 2016.

The branded content and sponsored editorial videos will be optimised through CNN Audience Insight Measurement (AIM) to target tech enthusiasts and IT decision-makers in one of Bitdefender’s key markets, the US. Using CNN AIM, Bitdefender will receive a range of analysed data metrics, insight and reporting well beyond the click through rate to show how users interact with the campaign.


'Winning Post' host Aly Vance at Chantilly
June 30th, 2016
12:07 PM ET


Winning Post

Saturday 23 July at 1730 BST / 1830 CET

Sunday 24 July at 0730 BST / 0830 CET and 2230 BST / 2330 CET

Thursday 28 July at 1030 BST/ 1130 CET and 1730 BST / 1830 CET

Saturday 30 July at 0730 BST / 0830 CET and 2230 BST / 2330 CET

Sunday 31 July at 1730 BST / 1830 CET

Duration: 30 Minutes

‘Winning Post’ in July, hosted by Aly Vance (pictured) examines the heartlands of racing, questioning what it is that sets Ascot, Chantilly and Newmarket apart.

The five days of Royal Ascot attract racing enthusiasts from around the globe and, whilst it has never claimed to be a ‘Heartland of Racing’ as such, it is considered by most to be the most prestigious meet of the year.

A national institution, with Queen Elizabeth II in attendance every day, Vance examines how Royal Ascot became the centrepiece of the British social calendar and a spectacle of fashion and style. FULL POST

Topics: CNN • CNN International • CNN Preview • Sanjay Gupta
'Supercharged' host Nicki Shields (left) with Sir Richard Branson
June 21st, 2016
10:06 AM ET



Sunday 10 July at 1830 BST / 1930 CET

Monday 11 July at 0100 BST / 0200 CET; 0430 BST / 0530 CET and 1000 BST / 1100 CET

Tuesday 12 July at 1030 BST / 1130 CET

Wednesday 13 July at 0430 BST / 0530 CET

Duration: 30 Minutes

As the Formula E season concludes in July, ‘Supercharged’, hosted by Nicki Shields (pictured, left), is at the heart of the action as the all-electric motorsport championship is decided by a two-race weekend in London’s Battersea Park.

With just one point between the top two contenders for the second season trophy, this episode of ‘Supercharged’ features both drivers as they prepare for the ultimate showdown.

Brazilian driver Lucas Di Grassi (pictured, right) demonstrates the Formula E Simulator – an important exercise in getting to know the Battersea track before the weekend’s racing, as drivers are unable to practice in advance of the race.

‘Supercharged’ also hears from Sebastien Buemi, who is just one point behind in the driver standings. The Swiss driver explains the art of overtaking in Formula E to the programme, with Buemi seeking to overtake his rivals on the track in Battersea and catch Di Grassi on the driver leaderboard.

Over the course of a season, Formula E transports 200 tonnes over 51000 km – and the sport does this while trying to maintain its green credentials. ‘Supercharged’ examines the logistics of the sport speaking to Formula E’s CEO Alejandro Agag, plus logistics manager Pier-Luigi Ferrari, who explains the size and scale of the operation.

Shields is chauffeured to the London races in full electric style: Mahindra drivers Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna pick her up in an E2O car and drive her across London to make it to Battersea Park.

At the circuit, ‘Supercharged’ hears from Sir Richard Branson, who owns the DS Virgin team. Branson tells the programme why electric cars are part of the future of our cities, and why he is such an advocate of Formula E.

One of Branson’s drivers, British-born Sam Bird, takes Shields on a track walk of the Battersea circuit, to explain his strategy for the race. Fighting to hold 3rd place, Bird has everything to drive for on home soil.












Topics: CNN • CNN International • CNN Preview • Living Golf • Richard Quest
Fareed Zakaria's WHY THEY HATE US encores TONIGHT at 9p ET on CNN/U.S. & CNN International
June 20th, 2016
04:03 PM ET

Fareed Zakaria's WHY THEY HATE US encores TONIGHT at 9p ET on CNN/U.S. & CNN International

CNN's Fareed Zakaria hosts a special, updated presentation of WHY THEY HATE US tonight on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm Eastern.

“Why do they hate us?” has been the question asked since the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago – and again in the wake of horrific attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida last week.  What makes seemingly ordinary people turn against America - and against their own countrymen - to commit murderous attacks?  Zakaria explores the roots of the rage – and challenges experts, religious scholars, policy influencers, and even those who say they want to kill us – for answers to whether America can do anything to stop the bloodshed.

Zakaria also explores why modernity is perceived by violent jihadis as a threat to Islam to be met with bloodshed – including violence against other Muslims – in a new editorial, "Why they hate us."


Putin to Fareed Zakaria: 'The U.S. is a great power. At the moment, it is probably the only superpower and we accept this fact'
June 19th, 2016
11:23 AM ET

Putin to Fareed Zakaria: 'The U.S. is a great power. At the moment, it is probably the only superpower and we accept this fact'

At 1:00pmET on CNN/U.S., a special edition of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features a wide-ranging discussion with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on the subjects of U.S.-Russian relations, the European Union, the 2016 U.S. election, the extended conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and doping allegations against Russian athletes hoping to go to the 2016 Olympic Games.

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi discusses the potential 'permanent' impact on Europe for a potential 'Brexit' vote; and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev discusses the possibility of a female president in his country in the future.

This wide-ranging discussion encores today on both CNN/U.S. and CNN International.   Please check here for additional airtimes across CNN's broadcast networks:


June 17th, 2016
01:26 PM ET

Vladimir Putin on Sunday's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – June 19

Three Heads of State Join FAREED ZAKARIA GPS

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria will sit down with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev for wide-ranging discussions at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, June 17.

Topics covered in Zakaria's discussion with Mr. Putin included the sanctions imposed upon Russia by Europe and the U.S., Russia's relationship with Ukraine, the American presidential election, doping allegations against Russia's Olympic athletes, ‘Brexit,’ U.S.-Russia relations, the extended conflict in Syria, and more.

This special edition of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS was taped in St. Petersburg, Russia and will be broadcast on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.  Portions of the discussions will broadcast first across CNN’s television, mobile, and digital platforms on Friday and throughout the weekend.


In the United States (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

Sunday, June 19

  • CNN International: 7:00a.m., encore at 3:00p.m.
  • CNN/U.S.: 10:00a.m., encore at 1:00p.m.

In Hong Kong (all times HKT):

Sunday, June 19 – CNN: 7:00p.m.

Monday, June 20 –  CNN: 10:00a.m.


Topics: CNN • CNN International • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Italy • Russia
CNN to deliver comprehensive EU referendum coverage
June 2nd, 2016
09:52 AM ET

CNN to deliver comprehensive EU referendum coverage

Multiplatform news, debate and analysis of UK’s crucial vote

London, 2 June 2016: As the UK prepares to vote on whether to remain in the European Union, CNN will offer a mix of special ‘Brexit’ programming to audiences around the world, across TV and digital platforms.

Leading up to the poll on 23 June, CNN’s most experienced journalists will be getting to grips with the issues facing UK voters, and the implications of their decision for Europe and the world.  The network will take to the UK’s roads, host an interactive debate show, and provide the latest news and reaction as the results come in.

Gill Penlington, Director of News & Event Programming, EMEA at CNN International, said: “There is so much information, misinformation, conjecture and opinion around this vitally important story.  We’ll be talking to leading lights from all angles of the debate, debunking some of the myths, and getting into the minds of the voters whose decision will have implications across the world.”

Following the story will be CNN journalists including anchors Hala Gorani, Max Foster, and Nina dos Santos, as well as Diplomatic Editor, Nic Robertson.  They will be joined by CNNMoney Editor at Large, Richard Quest, and Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour.

Key programming and content:

On digital:

Full coverage of the referendum can be found at – including explainers, opinion, and the very latest news.

On CNN International:

From Monday 13 June, Richard Quest will be taking to the UK’s roads in a 1970s campervan for a week, to get the mood on the ground.  Visiting iconic locations he will talk to voters, as well as leading voices from business, politics, academia and culture.  In addition to updates through the day on CNN International and extensive coverage on CNNMoney, Quest Means Business will also be anchored live from the campervan throughout the week at 9pm GMT/10pm CET.

On Thursday 16 June at 7pm BST/8pm CET, Christiane Amanpour will host an interactive ‘Brexit reality check’.  Recorded at the McLaren Thought Leadership Centre, UK Decides: In or Out will feature a panel of high profile guests from both sides of the debate. Max Foster will be marshalling the studio audience, who will use high tech, interactive voting technology to have their say in real time on the key issues.

On Thursday 23 June, the day of the referendum itself, CNN will present coverage throughout the day.  Then, from the moment the polls close, at 10pm GMT/11pm CET, there will be rolling coverage of the results.  Anchored live from London, with correspondents stationed in key locations in the UK and Europe, CNN will bring up-to-the-minute developments through the night as the votes are counted.  The result will then be dissected the next day, with the ramifications for the UK, Europe and the world put under the microscope.


Host Amanda Davies (right) with Romain Grosjean
June 2nd, 2016
09:40 AM ET


‘The Circuit’

Friday 24 June at 1630 BST / 1730 CET and 2330 BST / 0030 CET

Saturday 25 June at 2030 BST / 2130 CET

Sunday 26 June at 0130 BST / 0230 CET

Tuesday 28 June at 1030 BST / 1130 CET

Wednesday 29 June at 0430 BST / 0530 CET

Duration: 30 minutes

In June, ‘The Circuit’ reflects on the first Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan, before looking ahead to the rest of the European season, and the Austrian Grand Prix.

Away from the track, host Amanda Davies (pictured, right) takes in a cookery lesson from keen chef, Haas driver Romain Grosjean (pictured, left) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Grosjean speaks about his debut season with Haas, and reflects on his early point-scoring results in the first two races. Davies and Grosjean prepare an everyday meal for a Formula One driver, and discuss the dietary requirements of racing at the highest level.

‘The Circuit’ also meets famed circuit designer, Hermann Tilke. With 11 Tilke-designed tracks on the Formula One calendar this year, the designer explains what makes a good modern circuit, and reveals the challenges of constructing a racetrack in the heart of historical Baku.

‘The Circuit’ looks ahead to the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in the company of the nation’s greatest-ever driver and three-time World Champion, Niki Lauda.







Topics: CNN • CNN International • CNN Preview
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