CNN Politics Expands Podcast Portfolio With Launch of "Party People" and "The Daily DC"
September 20th, 2016
10:50 AM ET

CNN Politics Expands Podcast Portfolio With Launch of "Party People" and "The Daily DC"

Building on the success of CNN and The University of Chicago’s critically acclaimed podcast "The Axe Files,” CNN Politics announced today the debut of two new podcasts for politics enthusiasts. 

CNN's Party People is looking for the soul of conservatism in America. The weekly podcast provides a new offering from Republicans Kevin Madden and Mary Katharine Ham, who represent different wings of the party. Each episode will delve into the future of the GOP with guests from across the political spectrum including lawmakers, thinkers, pollsters, party elders, activists, and many more. 

CNN's The Daily DC exploits one of CNN's greatest assets – the political mind of CNN Political Director David Chalian. Chalian's morning read-ins are an important part of CNN's daily political coverage, and now you can learn from them. Chalian is the best political director in the business and every day listeners can tune in to hear what you need to know from the campaign trail and the world of politics. 

You can catch The Daily DC every weekday and Party People weekly at CNN.com/podcast, as well as iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio or your favorite podcast app.

These new original podcasts add to the audio podcasts available from CNN that includes popular TV shows AC360, Fareed Zakaria GPS, State of the Union, Reliable Sources and others, also available at CNN.com/podcast

September 20th, 2016
09:05 AM ET

CNN Launches #MyVote Nationwide Tour to Election Day

In partnership with Instagram, Facebook and CA Technologies, CNN embarked today on a nationwide tour of key swing states, presidential debate locations and destinations around the country on the #MyVote camper and projection tour.

Making its debut stop steps from the White House in front of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the #MyVote camper displayed the first in a series of campaign trail photos taken by the Instagram community via an immersive, one-of-a-kind virtual projection experience. These images will be exhibited at the Newseum, each debate stop and more locations to be announced as the tour unfolds.

CNN correspondents Chris Moody and Vanessa Yurkevich will travel with the #MyVote camper, report from the ground and talk to citizens to capture the faces and voices of the people. 

At tour stops, members of the community are invited to enter the #MyVote camper and take a photo with either a red, blue or purple background color. They can then share that photo on Instagram, using the #MyVote hashtag. The #MyVote camper will serve as CNN’s Facebook Live HQ and the social media hub on the road-tour and at each presidential debate location stop in New York, Missouri, Virginia and Nevada. 

#MyVote integrations can also be found on the CNN Politics app, available for download in the iOS app store.

The one-of-a-kind immersive projection experiences are produced by Obscura Digital and built with CA Technologies, the technology sponsor of the 2016 America’s Choice Election on CNN.

CNN GRILL COMING TO CLEVELAND & PHILLY
July 11th, 2016
03:03 PM ET

CNN GRILL COMING TO CLEVELAND & PHILLY

Network to Transform Harry Buffalo (RNC) and Victory Beer Hall (DNC)

Into Event & Broadcast Hubs

It’s back and better than ever!  For four nights only the CNN Grill will open its doors in Cleveland, OH and Philadelphia, PA for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.  In cooperation with an all-star lineup of vendors and partners, CNN will offer select convention-goers access to the most tricked out hospitality venues and live broadcast studios in each city.  The ultimate convention destination, the CNN Grill is where lawmakers, celebrities, reporters and politicos meet to make news and make merry. 

This year, the CNN Grill has chosen STARR Catering Group to create custom menus for both cities, giving guests a truly unique and unparalleled experience. The CNN Grill will also give visitors a special taste of Cleveland and Philadelphia and shine a spotlight on several top-notch local businesses by incorporating their products into the Grill’s menu.

The CNN Grill at the Republican National Convention

Situated just steps from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the CNN Grill will be located at the site of Harry Buffalo.  With the help of experiential marketing & PR agency CIVIC, CNN completely reimagined the restaurant – a two-story warehouse space located on East 4th Street. The Grill will serve as home base for the network with a newsroom and live broadcasts daily, a fully operational restaurant and multiple bars. The Grill will play host to a variety of special events throughout the day and will open to invited guests nightly at 5pm from Monday, July 18th – Thursday, July 21st.  

To highlight local businesses on the Grill’s menu in Cleveland, STARR has tapped a variety of hometown favorites:

  • Pierogies of Cleveland, a family-operated business that first opened in 2009 that offers handmade pierogies from locally-sourced ingredients, will provide pierogis for the CNN Grill lunch and dinner menus. 
  • Mitchell’s Ice Cream, founded in 1999 by Mike and Pete Mitchell – brothers and long-time Cleveland natives will supply ice cream for the CNN Grill ice cream bar.
  • Humble Pie Baking Company, started by Diane Sikorski from her home in 2008 and known for its small-batch jams, jellies and preserves, will be featured on the Grill’s breakfast menu.
  • Rising Star Coffee Roaster’s philosophy about coffee is simple: “Buy dang good coffee and pay the farmer and the producer enough money to live and maybe even enjoy life. That’s it.”  Their coffee will be featured throughout the day at the CNN Grill in Cleveland.  

The CNN Grill at the Democratic National Convention

A prime location in Philadelphia, the CNN Grill will take up residence at Victory Beer Hall at XFINITY Live!.  CNN worked with CIVIC to transform the sprawling space into an unrivaled convention venue for food, fun, festivities, and of course – a broadcast studio for live daily programming. The site boasts soaring ceilings, several bars and a 2,000 square-foot patio complete with a fire pit and a unique panoramic view of the Philadelphia skyline. A variety of private events will be hosted throughout the day and the Grill will open to invited guests daily at 5pm from Monday July 25th — Thursday July 28th.

To introduce visitors to some local flavor, STARR Catering Group has identified several businesses whose products will be featured on the CNN Grill menu:

  • Federal Donuts first opened in 2011, but has since expanded to five locations. Vanilla spice donuts from this iconic Philadelphia business will be featured on the CNN Grill’s breakfast menu in Philadelphia.
  • Little Baby’s Ice Cream began serving delicious ice cream to the people of Philadelphia from their first tricycle cart (dubbed “Flavor Blaster One”) in the summer of 2012. They will be the featured supplier for the CNN Grill’s ice cream cart in Philly. 
  • La Colombe was founded by Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti in Philadelphia on a simple but profound premise: America Deserves Better Coffee. Their coffee will be featured on the CNN Grill’s menu throughout the day in Philadelphia. 

The CNN Grill first opened its doors across from Madison Square Garden in New York City as the ‘CNN Diner’ in 2004 and has since welcomed convention goers in St. Paul, MN and Denver, CO in 2008 and Charlotte, NC and Tampa, FL in 2012. CNN has also taken the Grill to the SXSW festival in Austin, TX.

CNN TOPS FOX NEWS AND MSNBC BY WIDE MARGINS DURING LAST NIGHT’S ELECTION COVERAGE
June 8th, 2016
02:19 PM ET

CNN TOPS FOX NEWS AND MSNBC BY WIDE MARGINS DURING LAST NIGHT’S ELECTION COVERAGE

16 MILLION TURN TO CNN DIGITAL

CNN dominated cable news throughout this election cycle and last night’s historic primary/caucus night was no exception.  CNN was the place where Americans watched election returns with the network ranking #1 among adults 25-54 and 18-34. In primetime (8-11pm), CNN beat the competition by wide margins – CNN averaged 829k, +78% more than MSNBC’s 466k and had a +81% advantage over Fox News’ 458k among adults 25-54.  Among younger viewers (18-34) CNN was #1, also by wide margins, with 227k, MSNBC had 104k, and Fox News trailed with 73k.  In total viewers CNN beat MSNBC (2.405 million vs. MSNBC’s 2.051 million); Fox News had 2.525 million.

During the live coverage block (7pm-2am), which included late night returns from California, CNN was #1 across the board.  In total viewers, CNN was top-rated with 2.129 million, Fox News followed with 1.828 million and MSNBC had 1.779 million.  Among adults 25-54, CNN outperformed the competition with 745k, +74% more than MSNBC’s 429k and a whopping +106% advantage over Fox News’ 362k. In younger viewers (18–34), CNN had 206k vs. MSNBC’s 96k vs. Fox News’ 57k.

Last night’s Super Tuesday 5 primary/caucus election night coverage (New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and California) was anchored by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper and Dana Bash.  John King reported throughout the night from the Magic Wall.

CNN Digital welcomed 16 million unique visitors across properties on Super Tuesday, making it the sixth most trafficked primary or caucus day dating back to 2008. CNN Digital also saw 11 million multiplatform video starts and 89 million page views.

This primary election season CNN had:

  • Most debates on television (6 Republican, 5 Democratic)
  • Three of the top five Debates in history
  • Highest Democratic primary debate ever (Las Vegas debate, 10/13/15)
  • Most watched non-sports cable prime time (Reagan Library GOP debate, 9/15/15)
  • Only cable news network to simulcast debates this cycle (PBS, Univision)
  • Most Town Halls
  • Highest rated Democratic Town Hall in history and highest rated Republican Town Hall in history
  • Had top five candidate events and most watched this cycle (Iowa (1/25/16), NH (2/3/16), South Carolina (2/17-2/18), Ohio (3/13/16), Wisconsin (3/29/16))
  • Ranked #1 in 12 of the 17 primary/caucus election nights (adults 25-54, based on 7p-2a coverage block)
  • #1 and #2 primary nights in prime time in cable news history (Super Tuesday #1 (3/1/16), Super Tuesday #3 (3/15/16))
  • Highest rated Iowa Caucuses in cable news history (adults 25-54)
  • Super Tuesday ranked #1 in all of cable and had largest delivery ever across cable news in prime (adults 25-54)
  • #2 NH Primary in CNN’s history (adults 25-54)
  • CNN Politics remained the #1 destination for online political news
CNN POLITICS CELEBRATES 14 STRAIGHT MONTHS AS #1
May 23rd, 2016
09:46 AM ET

CNN POLITICS CELEBRATES 14 STRAIGHT MONTHS AS #1

Easily Tops Every Competitor In Every Category: Visitors, Views, Video, Mobile & Minutes

For the month of April 2016, CNN Politics extended its streak as the most trafficked political news destination online to 14 straight months.  The network easily topped every competitor and registered double and triple-digit growth over its own number one position year-over-year. With 28 million unique multiplatform visitors, 18 million mobile uniques, 71 million video starts, and nearly 228 million multiplatform views, CNN Politics remains the category leader and the nation’s top source for political news and information.  

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CNN POLITICS DOMINATES IN MARCH
April 26th, 2016
11:08 AM ET

CNN POLITICS DOMINATES IN MARCH

Celebrates Full Year as #1 Source for Political News

Marking a full year as the Web’s number one source for political news, CNN Politics registered another month of record-breaking numbers in March 2016. Leading all competitors in all categories - multiplatform visitors, mobile unique visitors, video starts, multiplatform views and time spent - CNN Politics left no doubt that it’s the nation’s most trusted source for political news and information.   

CNN Politics: #1 Multiplatform Unique Visitors (Desktop + Mobile)

CNN Politics welcomed across platforms a record 41 million unique visitors in March 2016 — 5 million more than CNN's previous record (Feb. 2016). The network saw 14 million more visitors than HuffPost Politics, and nearly doubled the audience of Politico.

41 mm: CNN Politics

  • 27 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 21 mm: Politico.com
  • 20 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 19 mm: Yahoo Politics
  • 16 mm: MSNBC TV

comScore Multi-Platform Media Metrix, March 2015 – March 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

CNN Politics: #1 Mobile Unique Visitors

Yet another record was set in March 2016 when CNN Politics registered 28 million mobile unique visitors — an increase of 327% from the prior year.  

28 mm: CNN Politics

  • 20 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 14 mm: Politico.com
  • 12 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 11 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 11 mm: Salon.com

comScore Mobile Metrix, March 2015 – March 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

CNN Politics: #1 in Video Starts

Tripling its two nearest competitors, CNN Politics dominated video in March with a record-breaking 107 million video starts — up 380% over the prior year.   

107 mm: CNN Politics

  • 36 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 34 mm: TYT Network
  • 19 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 14 mm:  Salon.com
  • 12 mm:  Bloomberg.com – Politics

Source: comScore Video Metrix, March 2015 – March 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category. Video is desktop only.

CNN Politics: #1 in Multiplatform Views

CNN Politics easily retained its first place position in March 2016 with a record-breaking 394 million views. Up 108 million over February 2016’s record-breaking numbers and 336% over the prior year.  

394 mm: CNN Politics

  • 203 mm: Politico.com
  • 142 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 112 mm: RealClearPolitics.com
  • 106 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 90 mm: MSNBC TV 

Sources: comScore Multi-Platform, March 2015 – March 2016; Views are browser only and include desktop video. Based on News/Information – Politics Category. 

CNN Politics: #1 in Multiplatform Minutes Spent

Audiences spent a stunning 900 million minutes consuming CNN Politics content across desktop and mobile platforms last month — an increase of 150 million minutes over the prior record from February 2016. That's nearly double the time spent on Fox News Politics and triple that of TYT Network.  

900 mm: CNN Politics

  • 460 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 300 mm: TYT Network
  • 262 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 212 mm: Politico.com
  • 147 mm: HuffPost Politics

Sources: comScore Multi-Platform, March 2015 – March 2016; Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO INSTITUTE OF POLITICS AND CNN ANNOUNCE PODCAST PARTNERSHIP
February 23rd, 2016
08:45 AM ET

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO INSTITUTE OF POLITICS AND CNN ANNOUNCE PODCAST PARTNERSHIP

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN today announced a new partnership of the popular, critically acclaimed podcast “The Axe Files.”

Axelrod, a senior political commentator for CNN, launched the podcast in September 2015 at the Institute of Politics, a non-partisan extracurricular organization he founded three years ago at his alma mater.

The podcast, a series of revealing conversations with key players in the political world, has featured guests such as Bernie Sanders, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, and Spike Lee. To date the podcast has been downloaded nearly 900,000 times and praised by The A.V. Club as “an intimate and engaging discussion podcast.”

“When we started this podcast, I envisioned it as a chance to provide rare insights into some of the smartest people in politics, a way to give listeners a richer sense of who these people are and what they do,” said Axelrod. “With its growing podcast network, CNN is a perfect fit for this program, especially in this fascinating election year.”

The podcast launched as part of the CNN network on Monday, Feb. 22, and can be downloaded at CNN.com/podcast, on iTunes at iTunes.com/AxeFiles and on Stitcher.

 

Listen to the first episode on CNN.com/Podcast
CNN POLITICS KICKS OFF ELECTION YEAR AS THE NO. 1 SOURCE FOR POLITICAL NEWS
February 22nd, 2016
09:14 AM ET

CNN POLITICS KICKS OFF ELECTION YEAR AS THE NO. 1 SOURCE FOR POLITICAL NEWS

CNN Politics kicked off the 2016 election year as the dominant leader in political news. Earning a record 26 million multiplatform unique visitors in January 2016, CNN outranked all other competitors and recorded staggering triple-digit growth compared to January 2015. In the month leading up to the nation's first primaries and caucuses, audiences flocked to CNN for its expert coverage and analysis of the race for the White House.

Outperforming all competitors in comScore’s Politics Category, CNN Politics bested second-place HuffPost Politics — a site that pads its traffic with more than 6 million unique visitors per month from “HuffPost Good News,” a decidedly non-politics entity — and maintained its position as the Web’s number one source for political news.

In January 2016:

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CNN POLITICS CLOSES 2015 AS #1 SOURCE FOR POLITICAL NEWS
January 19th, 2016
11:26 AM ET

CNN POLITICS CLOSES 2015 AS #1 SOURCE FOR POLITICAL NEWS

HUFFINGTON POST PADS TRAFFIC, FAILS TO MANIPULATE RANKING

CNN Politics ended the year with a bang, earning 25 million multiplatform unique visitors for the month of December 2015 — the most current data released by comScore. The traffic places CNN Politics in a tie for first in its category with HuffPost Politics, a site that relies on a monthly boost of 6M+ unique visitors from a decidedly non-politics entity titled "Good News.” Deliberately misrepresented by the Huffington Post as politics content for the purpose of comScore traffic rankings, Good News is a hodgepodge of posts about breastfeeding in bars, shelter chihuahuas and a mini donkey with a prosthetic leg.

In short, CNN Politics remains the Web’s number one source for actual political news.

CNN Politics: #1 Multiplatform Unique Visitors (Desktop + Mobile)

In multiplatform unique visitors for the month of December, CNN Politics totaled 25 million – millions more than HuffPost Politics without the addition of Good News traffic, and more than double the number of visitors to Fox News Politics, MSNBC TV and The Hill.

25 mm: CNN Politics

  • 25 mm: HuffPost Politics & Good News (6.6 mm)
  • 12 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 11 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 11 mm: TheHill.com
  • 9 mm: Politico.com

Sources: comScore Multi-Platform Media Metrix, December 2015. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

CNN Politics: #1 in Video Starts

CNN Politics continued to dominate in video for the month of December, up 38% over the previous month and a whopping 466% over the prior year. Scoring 48 million video starts, CNN Politics more than doubled that of its closest competitor The Young Turks Network and tripled MSNBC TV’s video starts. HuffPost Politics placed 7th with only 2 million video starts for the month.

48 mm: CNN Politics

  • 20 mm: The TYT Network
  • 16 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 8 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 5 mm: Bloomberg.com – Politics
  • 3 mm: Westernjournalism.com

Source: comScore Video Metrix, December 2015. Based on News/Information – Politics Category. “PoliticsWeekly.com” is excluded from this ranking.

CNN Politics: #1 in Multi-platform Views

Up 40% over the previous month and 185% over the prior year, CNN Politics easily topped the list in multiplatform views for December. Nearly doubling its closest competitor HuffPost Politics (and Good News), CNN Politics earned 160 million multiplatform views for the month.

160 mm: CNN Politics

  • 85 mm: HuffPost Politics & Good News (12 mm)
  • 78 mm: Westernjournalism.com
  • 68 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 60 mm: Politico.com
  • 52 mm: Fox News Politics

Sources: comScore Multi-Platform, December 2015; Views are browser only and include desktop video. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

January 11th, 2016
12:59 PM ET

CNN TO PROVIDE LIVE COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FINAL STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS AND THE REPUBLICAN RESPONSE ON JAN 12TH

Live from Washington, anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s comprehensive coverage of President Obama’s final State of the Union Address with Dana Bash providing updates live from Statuary Hall. CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront will kick off the evening’s coverage live from Capitol Hill at 7pm, followed by a special AC360.  The Republican response, delivered by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will follow.  

CNN’s Politics team including Brianna Keilar, Jeff Zeleny, Sara Murray and Manu Raju will be deployed across the country and Jim Acosta will be live from the White House. Throughout the evening, news and commentary will be provided by John King, Gloria Borger, Michael Smerconish and David Axelrod, along with the network’s political contributors Paul Begala, Amanda Carpenter, Van Jones and Mike Rogers.  

CNN will also incorporate a Microsoft Pulse National Focus Group into its coverage, with Tom Foreman offering viewers real-time feedback on the President’s speech.

CNN International will simulcast both the Presidential address and the Republican response live to more than 300 million households around the world. In addition, Juan Carlos López and Fernando del Rincón will anchor CNN en Español’s special live coverage of the Presidential address and the Republican response.

A CNN/ORC International poll will also be released during the 11pm hour on President Obama’s proposed policies and impressions of the speech. 

CNN Digital’s CNNPolitics.com, the number one online political news destination, will host incisive enterprise analysis, original digital video and live news coverage of the evening,  enhancing every viewing experience across platforms. A social stream and live blog will feature commentary and social videos that will build on Twitter and Facebook chats with CNN’s top political anchors and correspondents throughout the week. Join in on the conversation using #SOTU.

CNN’s live expert coverage and analysis can also be viewed on CNNgo, which is available at CNN.com/go on your desktop, smartphone, iPad, AppleTV and Roku devices. 

About CNN

CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, digital, satellite, radio, wireless devices and in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States.According to the Pew Research Center, CNN is the most trusted source of news in the United States. Internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 287 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.

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