CNN Politics: #1 For Five Months Running
August 24th, 2015
09:58 AM ET

CNN Politics: #1 For Five Months Running


CNN Politics once again registered as the top political news destination in July 2015, far outpacing competitors in every measurable category as coverage of the 2016 election heats up.

For the fifth month running, CNN Politics’ breaking news coverage, enterprise analysis and digital videos outperformed other political news outlets by double and triple digits. The network also saw all-time records in both mobile traffic and desktop video starts based on records dating back to February 2013 and August 2012.

In the month of July 2015:


CNN to Host First Democratic Primary Debate of 2016 Presidential Race
August 6th, 2015
11:02 AM ET

CNN to Host First Democratic Primary Debate of 2016 Presidential Race

Debate Represents Significant Addition to the Networks’ Extensive Coverage Plans for Upcoming Election

CNN and the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that CNN will host the first Democratic presidential debate on October 13, 2015. The debate will feature candidates for the Democratic nomination for President and will take place in Nevada, with exact location details to be released in the coming days.

CNN will serve as the exclusive national broadcaster of the debate and a CNN anchor will moderate. In addition to live prime-time airing on CNN, CNNgo, CNN Español and CNN International; Westwood One News will be the exclusive radio broadcaster for the debate.

CNN’s first Republican candidates’ debate airs Wednesday, September 16th from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. FULL POST

August 6th, 2015
10:26 AM ET

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Interviews President Barack Obama

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FAREED ZAKARIA GPS Global Television Exclusive for Sunday, Aug. 09

President Barack Obama presses his case for support of the nuclear deal negotiated between the U.S., its allies, and Iran, when he sits down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for a global exclusive interview in the Map Room at the White House on Thursday, August 06. The interview will cover the high stakes domestic politics, and the issues in contention with other world powers.

This marks the President’s first televised one-on-one since his Iran policy speech at American University in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. The interview will air in its entirety on the network’s flagship world affairs program, FAREED ZAKARIA GPS on Sunday, August 09 on CNN/U.S.


In North America (all times Eastern):

  • CNN/U.S.: Sunday, Aug. 09 at 10:00a.m., encore at 1:00p.m.
  • CNN International: Saturday, Aug. 08 at 9:00p.m., encores on Sunday, Aug. 09 at 7:00a.m., encore at 3:00p.m. and 10:00p.m.


CNN Politics #1 for Four Straight Months
July 22nd, 2015
11:29 AM ET

CNN Politics #1 for Four Straight Months

Top Political News Site Sees Double Digit Growth in June

CNN Politics solidified its position as the Web’s top destination for political news and information in June by outperforming all competitors for the fourth month running. Since March of 2015, CNN Politics has dominated its category in multiplatform unique visitors, views and video starts. Strengthening its lead over, HuffPost Politics, Fox News Politics and, CNN Politics became the top site for mobile unique visitors in May and maintained its position in June.  

In a historic month that saw landmark cases from the Supreme Court, a nationwide debate over the Confederate Flag and the lead up to a nuclear deal in Iran, CNN Politics posted double-digit growth across the board:


CNN Politics Extends Winning Streak: 3 Straight Months as #1
June 17th, 2015
09:48 AM ET

CNN Politics Extends Winning Streak: 3 Straight Months as #1

CNN Politics Extends Winning Streak: 3 Straight Months as the Web’s #1 Political News Destination
Dominance Expands to Mobile in May 2015 

The CNN Politics team held onto its leadership position in May 2015, topping all political news competitors online in multiplatform unique visitors, views and video starts – a three-month streak that began in March of this year. CNN Politics also claimed from the number one spot in mobile unique visitors for the month, extending its digital dominance across platforms.  


CNN Announces Partnership with Reagan Foundation for GOP Presidential Debate
January 16th, 2015
02:09 PM ET

CNN Announces Partnership with Reagan Foundation for GOP Presidential Debate

Debate will be held on September 16, 2015 at the Reagan Library

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced today that it has joined forces with CNN to host its GOP presidential candidates debate in 2015.  The debate will be held on September 16, 2015 at the Reagan Library.   Further details regarding the debate will be released in the coming months.

“Over thirty five years ago, Ronnie announced his candidacy for higher office because he believed that the citizens of this country wanted a president who could inspire,” said former First Lady Nancy Reagan. “I believe with all my heart that the country, and the world, prospered under his leadership.  It is time to find a new leader, and I’m so pleased that the Reagan Foundation, just as it has in the last two presidential elections, will be hosting a candidates’ debate to do just that.”

This is the second time that the Reagan Foundation has partnered with CNN for a presidential debate.  The first was held at the Reagan Library on January 30, 2008 and was the final GOP presidential debate before the 2008 “Super-Tuesday” primary in California and several other key states. FULL POST

October 6th, 2014
12:25 PM ET


As we head into the final stretch of the election season, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper will showcase the network’s America’s Choice 2014 coverage as they moderate debates for two of the nation’s most hotly contested races.

CNN is partnering with local affiliates WJXT-TV in Florida for the gubernatorial showdown between Charlie Crist (D) and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R). The network is also teaming up with the recently launched NH1 News / WBIN-TV in New Hampshire for the U.S. Senatorial debate between Scott Brown (R) and incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D).

During each broadcast, CNN will invite viewers to react to the candidates with an online focus group tool powered by Microsoft’s Bing Pulse. Following each debate, the online sentiment tracker will reveal independent, Democrat and Republican reaction, underlining highs and lows and which topics resonated most with viewers.

More debate details are below: FULL POST

January 24th, 2014
12:04 PM ET

CNN to Provide Comprehensive Coverage of the State of the Union Address and the GOP Response

Guests include Obama biographer David Maraniss, former speechwriter Jon Favreau, Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and Nobel winner Paul Krugman

CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Guests joining the network’s special coverage will include Obama biographer and journalist David Maraniss, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and Nobel Prize winner and The New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman.


September 3rd, 2013
09:09 AM ET

CNN Moves Up Premieres of ‘CROSSFIRE,’ ‘AC360° Later’ to Sept. 9

CNN today confirmed it will accelerate the launch plans for two of its new fall programs, CROSSFIRE and AC360° Later.  In light of rapidly changing events impacting the American response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, launches for both new shows have been moved forward to premiere on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, on CNN/U.S.

CROSSFIRE, the 30-minute topical debate program, will air Mondays through Fridays at 6:30pm, with encores at 2:00am on CNN/U.S.  CROSSFIRE will also air each weeknight on CNN International at 11:30pm.  Episodes of AC360° Later, the 60-minute panel discussion program hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, will focus on a range of news and pop culture topics with informed guests and correspondents, and will air Mondays through Thursdays on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 10:00pm.  All times Eastern.

Hosted by S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, and Van Jones, the network’s new edition of CROSSFIRE will reflect the format of the classic program, featuring two of its regular hosts, from different ideological perspectives, to discuss the key news and cultural issues of the day.  A guest with special insights on the topic central to that day’s debate will join in the discussion with the hosts, each of whom themselves have special areas of subject expertise.

For more about CNN’s CROSSFIRE, please visit:

For more about CNN’s AC360° Later, please visit: FULL POST

February 11th, 2013
03:17 PM ET

CNN's Coverage of President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Sen. Marco Rubio’s GOP Response to Air Live in Primetime
Guests include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Michigan Gov. Granholm

CNN’s political team of anchors and correspondents will lead the network’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday, Feb. 12 beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Leading the network’s coverage will be anchors Wolf Blitzer, Kate Bolduan, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Jake Tapper. Special guests providing analysis and perspective include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Dana Bash will report live from inside the U.S. House chamber and Jessica Yellin will provide updates from the White House.

Commentary will be provided throughout the evening by chief political analyst Gloria Borger, senior political analyst David Gergen, along with political contributors Cornell Belcher, Donna Brazile, Alex Castellanos, Margaret Hoover, Van Jones and Ana Navarro.

The Republican response, delivered by Sen. Marco Rubio, will also air live following the State of the Union address. FULL POST

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