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: http://edition.cnn.com/tv/schedule/europe


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 CNN.com/Brexit – 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
May 20th, 2016
12:15 PM ET


Culinary Journeys

Thursday 16 June at 0930 BST / 1030 CET

Friday 17 June at 0430 BST / 0530 CET

Saturday 18 June at 0530 BST / 0630 CET and 1630 BST / 1730 CET

Saturday 25 June at 1230 BST / 1330 CET

Sunday 26 June at 0530 BST / 0630 CET

Monday 27 June at 0400 BST / 0500 CET

CNN International's acclaimed cook-centric programme, ‘Culinary Journeys’ continues in June. The only chef in Scandinavia to be awarded three Michelin stars, Esben Holmboe Bang, takes CNN’s cameras on a voyage of discovery through the landscape and cuisine of Norway.

Scandinavia has become known the world over for leading a fine dining revolution, and Holmboe Bang is part of the culinary vanguard. Though born in Denmark, the chef has adopted Norway as his home, where he seeks to uncover and share flavours buried in the country’s forests and fjords.

Holmboe Bang’s restaurant in Oslo, Maaemo – meaning “Mother Earth” in old Norse – is a tribute to local organic produce where each plate is crafted to reflect the seasons.

As part of his culinary journey, Holmboe Bang travels from his kitchen in Oslo to Nordskot, a small fishing village 300 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle to explore Norway’s biggest treasure: the sea.

Under the midnight sun, he forages along the rugged coastline and dives for clams and urchins with fisherman Roderick Sloan, a key supplier to some of the world’s best restaurants. Holmboe Bang also learns more about the traditional preservation techniques which are essential to locals who endure the harsh winter months.

This journey culminates in a traditional meal with friends and family back in Oslo: a celebration of nature and the best of Norway’s culinary culture and hospitality.






Topics: CNN • CNN International • CNN Preview • Richard Quest
Host Derek Blasberg (Left) with Lapo Elkann
May 10th, 2016
11:11 AM ET


CNN Style

Saturday 4 June at 1330 BST / 1430 CET

Sunday 5 June at 0630 BST / 0730 CET and 1930 BST / 2030 CET

Wednesday 8 June at 0630 BST / 0730 CET and 1730 BST / 1830 CET

Saturday 11 June at 0630 BST / 0730 CET and 1930 BST / 2030 CET

Sunday 12 June at 1330 BST / 1430 CET

Duration: 30 minutes

CNN’s monthly programme for global stories around the world of art, design, fashion and luxury, ‘CNN Style’ continues in June.

Hosted by journalist and author, Derek Blasberg (pictured, left), the third episode of ‘CNN Style’ comes from the Eternal City, Rome.

Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani once dubbed the “Last Emperor”, and his partner Giancarlo Giametti have created a new version of the Opera “La Traviata” which takes to the stage at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. The performance is directed by Academy Award winning director, Sofia Coppola and features costumes designed by Valentino’s Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.

‘CNN Style’ goes behind the scenes as the finishing touches are laid, and then take a front-row seat at the star-studded premiere.

The programme also meets a rising star in the world of contemporary art – Pietro Ruffo, and discovers the undying art of silk-production at the country’s oldest surviving workshop – whose fabrics have adorned an array of Renaissance Princes and even the Pope.

Host Blasberg enjoys a whirlwind tour of Rome’s iconic architectural landmarks on four wheels, with the flamboyant heir-apparent to the Fiat Group automotive empire, Lapo Elkann.


New research shows widespread international interest in US Election with CNN as #1 news destination
May 9th, 2016
10:37 AM ET

New research shows widespread international interest in US Election with CNN as #1 news destination

  • CNN named #1 international news destination for US Election coverage
  • Network to launch nightly US Election show for international audiences

CNN International Commercial commissioned new research that shows huge demand from worldwide audiences in following the story of this year’s US Elections. The study also confirms CNN as the leading international media covering the US Election – building on the network’s agenda-setting coverage and record TV and digital ratings during the Presidential race so far.

To understand how the world views and is following one of the biggest stories of 2016, CNN commissioned independent research company Toluna to assess* the viewing habits and opinions of adults in 23 countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific, plus Canada. The findings of this research were released ahead of CNN International launching a new nightly US Election show – State of the Race. From 16 May, the show will be anchored from CNN’s New York bureau by Kate Bolduan and give international audiences 30 minutes of insight and analysis into the story that the world is watching with intense interest.

In the research findings released today, 51% of all respondents select CNN as the #1 international news provider for following the US Election – a figure higher than all other news organisations combined and dwarfing any preference for other media such as BBC (19%), Reuters (5%) and Sky News (4%). 78% of respondents say they have viewed or read CNN coverage, with 83% of these people consuming CNN’s political content within the last week. The majority of people getting their news fix about the US Election are doing so through CNN International’s linear channel – 50% say they consume via TV, 31% on the CNN website, 14% on social media and 8% via the CNN app.

Outside of news consumption habits, the study found huge interest amongst international audiences for the US Election. 85% of people view the election as important for the world at large, with 73% of respondents saying they are personally interested in US Election news.

The top reasons that people state as why they are interested in the US Election are: importance for the world at large (68%); importance for their country (47%); potential to affect individuals economically (38%); insight into the US political system (35%); shows how Americans view the world (34%); and the personalities of the competing  candidates (33%). Asked why they think the US Election is important to the world at large – respondents say it is due to: the US’s significance to the global economy (64%); implications for international relations (63%); US’s role in global security and counter-terrorism (57%); trade prospects and potential for a shift to more hardline US foreign policy (both 43%).


Topics: 2016 Election • CNN • CNN International
CNN International expands U.S. election coverage with 'State of the Race with Kate Bolduan'
May 9th, 2016
10:06 AM ET

CNN International expands U.S. election coverage with 'State of the Race with Kate Bolduan'

– Nightly prime-time show premieres May 23 at 2:30p ET/8:30p CET on CNNI

– Comes as new survey reveals CNN as #1 international source of U.S. election news

New York, May 9, 2016: As one of the most keenly anticipated U.S. elections in decades draws closer, CNN International is launching a new nightly prime-time show to give the inside track on the campaign. State of the Race will be a nightly destination for international audiences looking for an in-depth lowdown on the race to the White House.

Anchored from CNN’s New York bureau by Kate Bolduan, State of the Race will provide thirty minutes of insight and analysis into a story that the world is watching with intense interest.

Kate Bolduan said: “This has already been a race like no other, and it is clear there is a lot more to come. Every night we’re going to bring our international audiences along for the ride – offering the very latest developments from the campaign trail and giving them the inside scoop of what is really going on within the campaigns and in the minds of American voters.” FULL POST

April 14th, 2016
07:40 AM ET


The special two-part series airs week of April 18 on News Stream at 8pm HKT


Imagine if the only way to escape a forced marriage was to abandon your own child. That’s the reality for some Vietnamese young women. Tricked into crossing the border by traffickers, they were sold for marriage to Chinese men. China’s one-child policy has led to a shortage of women and a thirst for Vietnamese brides. CNN International correspondent Alexandra Field speaks to escapees about their ordeal and goes to the border to see just how easy it is to smuggle women between the two countries.

Five girls… saved just in the nick of time. At a government support center on the Vietnamese-Chinese border, CNN’s Alexandra Field meets five 14-year-old girls saved by the police as traffickers were taking them across the border. She explains how they were lured into danger and sees an emotional reunion between a mother and daughter who were not so lucky.

These two special CNN Freedom Project stories air week of April 18 on News Stream at 8pm HKT.

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Join the social conversation on Twitter @cnnfreedom and Facebook facebook.com/cnnfreedom

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Topics: CNN • CNN Freedom Project
April 7th, 2016
12:15 PM ET

‘#WhyTheyHateUs’ – Fareed Zakaria Explores What Drives the Rage - PREMIERES MONDAY, MAY 23

New Fareed Zakaria Primetime Special Premieres on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm ET


“Why do they hate us?” has been the question asked since the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago – and again in the wake of terrorist attacks in Boston, Brussels, Beirut, Paris, Mumbai, Ft Hood, San Bernardino, and beyond.  CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores what is fueling the rage – and challenges intelligence experts, religious scholars, policy influencers, and even the very men who want to kill us – for answers to whether America and the rest of the West can do anything to stop the bloodshed.  He looks at one Muslim community in the U.S. for what makes America’s challenges different from Europe’s and those in the Middle East.

A new hour-long primetime special, WHY THEY HATE US, will premiere Monday, May 23 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm Eastern.

What makes seemingly ordinary people turn against their own countrymen to commit murderous attacks?  Zakaria challenges violent jihadis about the reasons why they hate the West – and gets rarely heard answers.

Why do others committing this carnage come from nations once thought to be allies of the West?  Zakaria details the unlikely origins of this searing anti-Western hatred to Greeley, Colorado in 1949.  Sayyid Qutb, a puritanical, conservative Muslim was so horrified by his experience in America he returned to Egypt to advocate a return to Sharia law by Arab nations, the rejection of modernization and democracy – and violent retaliation against America and the West for ‘corrupting’ the Arab World.

Is Islam an inherently violent religion?  Zakaria seeks answers for what attracts extremists to the medieval, barbaric terror of a violent interpretation of Islam from author and scholar Reza Aslan (No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization); neuroscientist and chief executive of Project Reason, Sam Harris; anti-Western British cleric Anjem Choudary; Columbia University professor and Co-Director for the Center for Palestine Studies, Rashid Khalidi, DPhil.; and author and Muslim reformer Irshad Manji (Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith and Allah, Liberty, and Love).  Astonishingly, Manji describes the scholarship behind the true meaning of a widely popularized mistranslation of the afterlife promise of “72 virgins” to actually be a reference to…“raisins.”

Though dead for decades, Qutb’s violent admonitions inspired Osama bin Laden, today’s radical clerics from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, and even an influential American cleric whose seductive sermonic fragments were found scrawled inside the boat where one of the Boston Marathon bombers was found, as well as in messages exchanged by the San Bernardino jihadis.  Zakaria concludes with proposed solutions to defeat this infectious ideology currently posing a global security threat – and even shaping the most controversial points of debates for the U.S. elections, and influencing European and American policy on refugees, immigration, privacy, and the rules for armed conflict.

During the broadcast, producers of WHY THEY HATE US will interact with viewers via Twitter, using the hashtag #WHYTHEYHATEUS with user questions and comments about the special.

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