International Correspondent Melissa Bell Joins CNN
September 12th, 2016
09:58 AM ET

International Correspondent Melissa Bell Joins CNN

CNN is expanding its presence in France with the hiring of Melissa Bell, who leaves France 24 to become the network’s Paris Correspondent. Bell will join CNN’s longtime Senior International Correspondent Jim Bittermann in early October, it was announced today by Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International.

Bell most recently served as a Paris-based international affairs editor and correspondent for France 24, covering major news stories for the network’s French and English channels. For the last 18 months she has been a valuable resource for CNN, contributing reports across all of CNN’s platforms on stories like the Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan concert hall terrorist attacks, the Mali hotel siege and the Bastille Day attack in Nice.

Said Maddox: “France has always been important to CNN, but since the Charlie Hebdo attack the number of globally important stories from there and its neighboring countries has made it more significant than ever. We sought out Melissa for her expertise on many of these stories. She is an outstanding addition to the CNN family.”  FULL POST

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Interviews President Barack Obama on Trade, Turkey, Trump for Sunday Broadcast Exclusive
September 2nd, 2016
11:07 AM ET

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Interviews President Barack Obama on Trade, Turkey, Trump for Sunday Broadcast Exclusive

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS Global Television Exclusive for Sunday, Sept. 04

In a global Sunday television exclusive in advance of the President’s travel to Asia, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria interviewed President Barack Obama for broadcast in a special edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS airing Sunday, September 4. They discussed a wide range of foreign policy topics, as well as the President’s views on Donald Trump and his base of support. The President also pressed his case for the now-controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) trade deal, explaining both why he feels the TPP will grow American exports and jobs – as well as his views on free trade policies overall.

In addition, in advance of Mr. Obama’s first meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan since July’s failed coup in Turkey and Erdoğan’s crackdown that has followed, Zakaria spoke with the President about whether he has concerns about the stability of Turkey – a NATO ally and the host country of part of America’s nuclear arsenal.

President Obama also discussed the U.S.-China relationship, and the renewed tensions in the South China Sea, in advance of his bilateral with President Xi Jinping. FULL POST

August 24th, 2016
10:33 AM ET


Culinary Journeys: Alice Waters

Thursday 22 September at 0930 BST / 1030 CET

Friday 23 September at 0430 BST / 0530 CET

Saturday 24 September at 0530 BST / 0630 CET and 1630 BST / 1730 CET

‘Culinary Journeys’ in September joins American chef and food pioneer Alice Waters (pictured, centre), as she travels through California to discover the state's finest produce.

Known as the mother of slow food, Waters is known for leading a delicious revolution, having dedicated her life to transforming the fast food eating habits of America.

Established in 1975, her restaurant ‘Chez Panisse’ remains at the heart of Californian cuisine, serving up simple and seasonal home cooking in the university town of Berkeley. The highlight of the year comes each summer when Chez Panisse plays host to its annual garlic festival – a tribute to a much loved ingredient which falls on the National Day of France, Bastille Day. FULL POST

CNN Films Acquires, Co-Produces Award-Winning ‘9/11’ Film Ahead of 15-Year Anniversary
August 22nd, 2016
02:26 PM ET

CNN Films Acquires, Co-Produces Award-Winning ‘9/11’ Film Ahead of 15-Year Anniversary

James Hanlon’s and Naudet Brothers’ Classic Film to be Updated and Include New Introduction by Denis Leary for Broadcast on CNN Worldwide

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CNN today announced the acquisition of the Peabody and Emmy® Award-winning documentary ‘9/11,’ ahead of the 15th anniversary of the attacks on America.  The film is directed, filmed, and executive produced by Gédéon and Jules Naudet, French-born filmmakers and brothers, and by retired Manhattan firefighter James Hanlon.  The acquisition means that CNN Films will work with the team to update the film for the 2016 edition, and will retain worldwide broadcast rights for the film franchise and its archival material in perpetuity.

Award-winning actor, producer, and founder of The Leary Firefighters Foundation Denis Leary will introduce the new anniversary edition of the film, reflecting upon the heroism of the firefighters who responded that day.  From the site of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City that commemorates the fallen, including 343 members of the New York City Fire Department, Leary will recall the bravery and emotions of the events in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, and beyond. FULL POST

K-Pop legends Big Bang on CNN's 'Talk Asia' to mark their 10th anniversary
August 19th, 2016
05:55 AM ET

K-Pop legends Big Bang on CNN's 'Talk Asia' to mark their 10th anniversary

Since its debut in 2006, South Korean boy band Big Bang has risen to global stardom, spearheading the spread of K-pop throughout Asia and the rest of the world. The group, comprised of five charismatic members; G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P., Daesung, and Seungri, each bring their own unique style and talent. As they embark on their 10-year anniversary, they celebrate their unprecedented success taking to the world stage on their global tour. The band’s longevity proves they can transcend time as they continue to lead the Korean entertainment scene with trendy music and chic style. And while the members of Big Bang have developed their individual careers outside of the band their music journey is far from over.

On next month’s ‘Talk Asia’, CNN Seoul Correspondent Paula Hancocks catches up with Big Bang for an in-depth interview at S-Factory in Sungsu-dong, Seoul, where the group’s tenth anniversary exhibition is taking place. From reminiscing over the last ten years to forecasting ahead to the next decade, each member of the group shares their memories of the long journey that brought them to the top of K-pop.


'In 24 Hours' host James Williams (left) with yoga instructor Steve Ross
August 16th, 2016
08:43 AM ET


LA In 24 Hours

Wednesday 7 September at 1030 BST / 1130 CET and 1730 BST / 1830 CET

Saturday 10 September at 0630 BST / 0730 CET and 1930 BST / 2030 CET

Sunday 11 September at 1330 BST / 1430 CET

Duration: 30 minutes

CNN’s monthly travel programme, ‘In 24 Hours’ returns to screens in September with a visit to Los Angeles.

From the sun-kissed shores of the California coast to the glittering lights of Hollywood, LA has been luring visitors for decades.

‘In 24 Hours’ host James Williams (pictured) goes beyond the surface of Los Angeles to experience some of the unique destinations the city has to offer.

Williams begins his morning with a personal yoga session at the highest point of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills with world renowned instructor, Steve Ross. Afterwards, he heads to the fashionable Silver Lake neighbourhood to fuel up for the day at Moon Juice, LA's hottest juice bar, frequented by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow.


August 14th, 2016
10:22 PM ET


The pace of change across Asia’s cities is staggering, and with that growth comes new challenges, especially when it comes to laying the groundwork for a more liveable future. In this month’s half-hour program ‘Innovative Cities’, CNN  will feature five Asian cities that are using imaginative methods to break away from the past and move into a better tomorrow. From Seoul, to Singapore to Hong Kong, from Fukuoka, Japan to Kunming, China, innovative thinking is fuelling new development aimed squarely at revitalizing these cities and invigorating their residents. Despite their differences, the urban planners, architects, and entrepreneurs behind these projects share a common vision: to evolve the modern Asian metropolis beyond skyscrapers and showcases, and to place renewed focus on the hundreds of millions of people who call these cities home.


#MyTokyo Instagrammer Yoshiro Ishii
August 5th, 2016
07:11 AM ET


Japan is an island nation with distinctive architecture, historical temples and shrines, and glitzy shopping hubs. The country has long been famed for its cuisine, unique pop culture, and cutting edge technology. While the news has been filled with stories about its economic struggle after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, the nation still remains the world’s third largest economy. And after the Olympic Games wraps up in Rio de Janeiro this year, all eyes around the world will turn to Japan against the backdrop of preparing the 2020 Summer Olympics.

This month, CNN focuses on Japan and gets unique perspectives from six bloggers, four Instagrammers, a Michelin-starred chef, a charismatic mayor, and an 88-year-old scientist-turned-inventor. CNN takes a special look at the country’s rich culture spanning travel, food, fashion, music, technology and urban invention.


CNN is Africa’s #1 international media brand
August 4th, 2016
05:30 AM ET

CNN is Africa’s #1 international media brand

CNN is the biggest international media brand amongst affluent audiences across Africa, according to the Ipsos Affluent Survey Africa, out today.

The independent research study shows that CNN reaches 60% of Africa’s elite population* every month via TV or digital platforms** – more than any other international media brand. CNN far outranks all news competitors – 27% ahead of the BBC, 54% ahead of Al Jazeera English, 68% ahead of Sky News and 159% ahead of euronews. In fact, CNN is ahead of all news competitors in every daily, weekly and monthly metric.

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CNN is also #1 international news brand in monthly cross-platform reach amongst core audience segments of Frequent International Business Travellers (74% reach across Africa), Influential Opinion Leaders (74%), High Income Earners (72%), Luxury Consumers (62%), Business Decision Makers (61%) and C-Suites (57%)***. Again – this is far ahead of all other international news competitors.

“We are proud that CNN continues to resonate more than any other international media brand across Africa in both TV and digital,” said Rani Raad, President, CNN International Commercial. “Our #1 position reflects our continued commitment to news and programming for and about the continent and demonstrates the value that we bring to advertisers who want to reach African audiences.”


Japanese chef Shinobu Namae featured in August's episode of 'Culinary Journeys'
July 29th, 2016
07:07 AM ET


Culinary Journeys: Shinobu Namae

Thursday 18 August at 0930 BST / 1030 CET

Friday 19 August at 0430 BST / 0530 CET

Saturday 20 August at 0530 BST / 0630 CET and 1630 BST / 1730 CET

Saturday 27 August at 1230 BST / 1330 CET

Sunday 28 August at 0530 BST / 0630 CET

Duration: 30 minutes

In August, ‘Culinary Journeys’ explores Japan's rich history of hospitality with two Michelin-star chef, Shinobu Namae (pictured).

One of the traditions at the heart of Japanese hospitality is the tea ceremony. Namae has introduced this ritual at his own Tokyo restaurant, L'Effervescence, and he meets with a tea master to understand the significance of this ritual. FULL POST

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