November 26th, 2014
08:35 AM ET

CNN OutFront: Dorian Johnson and Sybrina Fulton React to Ferguson Decision

In his first live interview since the grand jury decided that it won't indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Dorian Johnson told CNN's Erin Burnett that he's hurt by the decision. Johnson was Brown's friend who was with him when he was shot, and testified before the grand jury.

"I know exactly what I saw,” Johnson told Burnett. "I was there the whole time, and I definitely saw my friend stop and put his hands up, being compliant, after being fired upon, after already being struck and with a bullet wound from Officer Darren Wilson's gun."

Sybrina Fulton, whose 17-year-old son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in February 2012, also joined Erin Burnett OutFront last night. Zimmerman’s trial ultimately ended in acquittal and sparked a civil rights debate across the nation.

 “Judging by history, I wasn’t surprised,” Fulton told Erin. "But there was a certain part of me that just wanted him to be held accountable for just the death of a young man.  But judging by the history, the track record of the justice system, the track record of what's been going on with our African-American youth, it was highly unlikely that he was going to be held accountable."

Click here to watch the full Fulton video: http://cnn.it/1zXwKuz


Topics: CNN
November 25th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

VIEWERS TURNED TO CNN LAST NIGHT FOR COVERAGE OF FERGUSON GRAND JURY DECISION & AFTERMATH

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Network Outperforms Fox News in Demo; MSNBC Lags far Behind 

CNN Was Most Watched in Cable News at 10pm with 6.3 Million Total Viewers

Viewers turned to CNN in large numbers last night to learn about the Ferguson Grand Jury decision and its aftermath. At 9pm, when the prosecutor announced the decision, CNN averaged 3.155 million in the key demo 25-54 rating, Fox News followed with 2.186 million and MSNBC lagged far behind with 742k. In total viewers CNN averaged 6.265 million, Fox News had 7.256 million and MSNBC posted 2.197 million. FULL POST


Topics: CNN • Ratings
November 24th, 2014
12:32 PM ET

DINOSAUR 13: Found and Lost – Who Owns the T. rex, ‘Sue?’

Following Successful Festival Exhibition, DINOSAUR 13 Debuts as CNN Films Broadcast on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm ET

When paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from South Dakota’s Black Hills Institute made one of the world’s greatest dinosaur discoveries in 1990, they knew it was the discovery of a lifetime — the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found. The dinosaur quickly became known to the world as ‘Sue,’ named after amateur paleontologist, Susan Hendrickson, who located the first fossil fragments of the historic find.

DINOSAUR 13 was the first film deal closed at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it also premiered. The film then was exhibited at festivals and in theaters throughout the country by Lionsgate. DINOSAUR 13 will make its global television premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
November 24th, 2014
12:26 PM ET

"The Wonder List with Bill Weir" comes to CNN Early 2015

New CNN Original Series to Launch Early 2015

Weir’s Journey Captured by Renowned Cinematographer Philip Bloom

CNN announced today that Bill Weir will bring a new Original Series to the network beginning early next year. The Wonder List with Bill Weir will join the recently announced series THE SEVENTIES and High Profits, both debuting in 2015. With The Wonder List, Weir will tell the untold stories of extraordinary people, places, cultures and creatures that are at a crossroads.

Who will be the last person to see a Bengal tiger in the wild or be baptized in the River Jordan?  Who will be the last person to savor an unspoiled island paradise in the South Pacific or hike a glacier in Montana? At the current rate of planetary change, some odds suggest that the last people who will experience these wonders are alive today. And one of them might be your child. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 50 & 51
In December, ‘CNN Ones to Watch’ looks at the rising stars of street art (Courtesy: Pose)
November 24th, 2014
08:02 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 50 & 51

CNN Ones to Watch

Chicago street artist Pose at work on a mural (Courtesy: Pose)
Chicago street artist Pose at work on a mural (Courtesy: Pose)
 
Friday 12 December at 1030 GMT/ 1130 CET and 1630 GMT/1730 CET
Saturday 13 December at 1430 GMT/ 1530 CET and 2030 GMT/ 2130 CET
Monday 15 December at 0430 GMT/0530 CET and 0930 GMT/ 1030 CET
Tuesday 16 December at 1030 GMT/ 1130 CET and 1730 GMT/1830 CET
Duration: 30 minutes

 

CNN International’s new series which shines a light on up-and-coming creative talent set to be the next big names in culture and the arts, ‘CNN Ones to Watch’, continues in December, with an episode dedicated to Street Art, exploring the subculture which is turning into a multi-million dollar industry.

Legendary American street artist Shepard Fairey, renowned for his "Obama Hope" poster, and Banksy's former associate turned art dealer, Steve Lazarides, act as this month’s ‘masters’, pointing viewers in the direction of the boldest new names in Street Art. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
November 24th, 2014
04:56 AM ET

ACCESS BANK TO INSPIRE THE WORLD THROUGH INTEGRATED CNN INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN

Access Bank, one of Nigeria’s largest and fastest-growing full-service banks headquartered in Lagos, is embarking on an advertising and sponsorship campaign on CNN International to raise awareness of its brand in global markets.

A bespoke campaign will see the Access Bank brand feature prominently across CNN platforms through spot advertising, digital presence and the sponsorship of the inspirational new vignette series Passion to Portfolio. Launching on November 24, the campaign will position Access Bank amongst CNN’s unrivalled audience in Africa and internationally as the pre-eminent provider of business, corporate, commercial and private banking.

The sponsorship of the year-long Passion to Portfolio series is the main element of the campaign. This will see Access Bank billboards appear before and after every instalment of the weekly vignette series, which will air every weekday during major CNN programmes – The Business View with Nina Dos Santos, CNN Newsroom, World Business Today, International Desk and Quest Means Business. The editorial content of the series will feature inspiring individuals from all over the globe who have found commercial and personal success through the pursuit of their passions in life. This could be entrepreneurs whose passions have become their careers or people who have hobbies that are lucrative investments or businesses. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
November 20th, 2014
09:39 PM ET

Ferguson police chief: "I think I can see this through"

Police Chief Thomas Jackson – a central figure in the protests that flared in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of an unarmed black teen – says he has no plans to step down despite mounting calls that he must go.

He told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" on Thursday that he has been working with community leaders and others to create a dialogue in the community.

"I think I can see this through and come out on the other side with the community, the region and even the country a whole lot better," he said.

Jackson's statements come as the grand jury is expected any day to deliver a decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.


Topics: CNN
November 20th, 2014
11:40 AM ET

CNN Rejoins Tom Hanks’ and Gary Goetzman’s PLAYTONE for “THE SEVENTIES”

Follow-up to Critically-Acclaimed “THE SIXTIES” Coming Summer 2015

Eight-Part Docuseries Produced in Partnership with Herzog & Company

Following the critically-acclaimed and highly-rated series THE SIXTIES, CNN, PLAYTONE and HERZOG & COMPANY in association with HBO are producing an eight-part documentary series that will explore an equally consequential decade: the 1970s.

The non-scripted series, THE SEVENTIES, will be executive produced by multiple EMMY® Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and EMMY® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), as a CNN Original Series for CNN/U.S., it was announced today. FULL POST


Topics: CNN • CNN Originals • Press Releases • The Seventies
November 19th, 2014
12:12 AM ET

Pen Farthing of Tiverton, England is the 2014 CNN Hero of The Year

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CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute Hosted by Anderson Cooper Airs Sunday, December 7 at 8PM ET

Pen Farthing, a former Royal Marine Sergeant, who reunites soldiers with the stray dogs they befriend while serving in Afghanistan, was named the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year by Anderson Cooper at the eighth-annual CNN Heroes An All-Star Tribute.

Farthing’s nonprofit Nowzad Dogs, has helped nearly 700 soldiers from eight countries.

“I would really like to thank everybody who voted for Nowzad Charity and [for supporting] what we do in Afghanistan and for believing in us,” Farthing said while accepting his award. FULL POST


Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN • CNN Heroes • Press Releases
November 16th, 2014
11:34 AM ET

CNN EXCLUSIVE with Senator Dick Durbin

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the number two Democrat in the Senate, joins Candy Crowley for an exclusive an first post-election interview to the big loss for Democrats. Senator Durbin shares his opinion on sending ground troops to fight ISIS, the Keystone pipeline, and how President Obama can make a comeback in the minds of Americans.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Senator Durbin on sending troops to fight ISIS: “I think we learned a lesson and paid a bitter price when we put troops on the ground on a long-term basis in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let us support a homegrown, indigenous and locally inspired effort to bring stability to the region.”

Senator Durbin on the Keystone pipeline: “Every indication is, the president will veto an attempt to preempt the regular process of reviewing the permit for this pipeline. I think that it should go through the orderly process. The Republicans believe that the president's power should be taken away, it should be moved on a fast track. But, remember, the oil that is going to flow through that pipeline is not going to be used in the United States or reduce gas prices in the United States.”

On President Obama’s leadership: “This president is not going to go gently into his last two years. He's going to lead, as he is expected to as our president. And I hope that John Boehner and the Republicans will understand at least the message of the last election was, solve problems. Don't just go to a political standoff. Do something. If they fail to do it, if the Republicans fail to do it, the president will act, and I will support him.”

Full transcript of the interview is available below. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
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