CNN also wins Best News Program, Best Current Affairs Presenter, and Best Documentary Series
CNN International’s editorial leadership and strength was recognized at last night’s 2014 Asian Television Awards in Singapore, with the network dominating the evening winning 5 awards.
For the second consecutive year, the network clinched the coveted ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’ title, and was also named ‘Cable & Satellite Network of the Year’. CNN also won ‘Best News Program’, ‘Best Current Affairs Presenter’ and ‘Best Documentary Series’ at the ceremony. FULL POST
As 2014 draws to a close, CNN anchor Richard Quest presents a special week of programming dedicated to next year’s travel agenda – the destinations, events, gadgets, tips and technology that will define the industry in 2015.
From hotels springing up, to new aircraft taking to the skies, Quest highlights the hottest trends global travellers should be watching out for in the year ahead.
Ellana Lee, SVP and Managing Editor, CNN International, said: “As we nudge ever nearer to the New Year, who better than Richard Quest to lead the way in providing CNN’s global audience with all they need to know about the world of travel in 2015. This special theme week has its finger on the pulse of travel trends, developments and initiatives, all told with Quest’s inimitable style and expertise of the industry.” FULL POST
On today’s Smerconish, Former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Senator Bob Graham spoke about the Senate C.I.A. Torture Report.
According to the Report, the C.I.A. claims that then Committee Chairman Bob Graham and Vice Chairman Richard Shelby, and staff directors, received a briefing on EIT’s on September 27, 2002.
When asked by host Michael what he was told about the EIT program while he was Chairman, Graham said: "On the one day where there was a briefing, I saw in my notes that there were people at the briefing who were not cleared to a security level that they would have been briefed on a topic as sensitive as enhanced interrogation. So I think that confirmed in my mind that I was never briefed on the use of this new technique by the CIA."
Smerconish airs Saturdays at 9 am ET and replays at 6 pm ET.
T.Rex THURSDAY ENCORE DWARFS COMPETITION IN YOUNG VIEWERS AGED 18 TO 34 YEARS
The CNN Films DINOSAUR 13 premiere (9:00pm to 11:00pm) topped MSNBC among viewers aged 25 to 54. During that time period CNN averaged 261k vs. 191k for MSNBC. Fox News had 380k viewers during this period.
The encore for DINOSAUR 13 (11:00pm to 1:00am) was the largest audience in cable news during that time period for viewers aged 18 to 34 years, outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC: CNN had 71k viewers, Fox News had 51k, and MSNBC was in single digits at 4k.
DINOSAUR 13 also helped CNN’s primetime performance last night (8:00pm to 11:00pm) among viewers aged 25 to 54, big-footing CNN to #2 in cable news on Thursday with 218k, +27% more than the 172k average viewers during primetime for MSNBC. Fox News had 373k viewers in primetime, with 2,187k P2+ viewers. CNN had 719k total viewers and MSNBC had 742k.
DINOSAUR 13 will encore on CNN on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm.
Of the 15 CNN Films and three CNN Films Presents premieres to date, DINOSAUR 13 was the 3rd highest-rated among viewers aged 25 to 54 years, after BLACKFISH (472k) and SOLE SURVIVOR (289k), and the 2nd highest rated among total viewers after BLACKFISH (820k vs. 1,356k in P2+).
Source: The Nielsen Company, 12/11/14, Fast National time period based Live+SD feed data. All times reported are Eastern Standard Time (EST).
CNN NAMED ‘CABLE & SATELLITE CHANNEL OF THE YEAR’ PLUS ‘CABLE & SATELLITE NETWORK OF THE YEAR’ AT 2014 ASIAN TV AWARDS
CNN also wins Best News Program, Best Current Affairs Presenter and Best Documentary Series
CNN International’s editorial leadership and strength was recognized at last night’s 2014 Asian Television Awards in Singapore, with the network dominating the evening winning five awards.
For the second consecutive year, the network clinched the coveted ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’ title, and was also named ‘Cable & Satellite Network of the Year’. CNN also won ‘Best News Program’, ‘Best Current Affairs Presenter’ and ‘Best Documentary Series’ at the ceremony.
The Best News Program title went to CNN flagship program News Stream. Hosted by CNN anchor Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong, News Stream is a daily hard-news show that uses technology and social media to give viewers a deeper understanding of the day’s top stories.
Kristie Lu Stout was also awarded Best Current Affairs Presenter. The anchor and correspondent is among the network’s most popular Asia-based faces, and also fronts CNN’s monthly On China show. Lu Stout has also led coverage of major breaking news stories for CNN, most recently covering the ‘Umbrella Movement’ pro-democracy protests from the heart of Hong Kong. This is the second Asian Television Award for Lu Stout during her 14 years with CNN International.
Friday 9 January at 1030 GMT/ 1130 CET and 1630 GMT/1730 CET
Saturday 10 January at 1430 GMT/ 1530 CET and 2030 GMT/ 2130 CET
Sunday 11 January at 0430 GMT/0530 CET
Monday 12 January at 0930 GMT/ 1030 CET
Tuesday 13 January at 1030 GMT/ 1130 CET and 1730 GMT/1830 CET
Wednesday 14 January at 0430 GMT/ 0530 CET
Duration: 30 minutes
‘CNN Ones to Watch’ shines a light on up-and-coming creative talent set to be the next big names in culture and the arts. In January, the show looks at the next up-coming names in architecture.
From the temples of ancient Greece to the jagged skylines of Dubai, every structure on our planet was conceived by a creative mind – an architect. Today’s architects are battling to balance our desire for aesthetic with our need to live sustainably. Growing populations and fragile environments are changing the way people design. This month ‘CNN Ones to Watch’ ‘master’ is international architect David Adjaye, the man behind the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in the US.
The show also hears from Daniel Libeskind, the world-renowned, New York-based architect who was chosen as master planner of the World Trade Center redevelopment after 9/11. Libeskind takes viewers on a tour of his latest building, the Centre De Congres in the Belgian city of Mons. FULL POST
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 7 December 2014: The world’s first airport café from CNN was officially unveiled today at Abu Dhabi Airports in partnership with SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide.
CNN Traveller café, situated in Terminal 3, the dedicated Etihad Airways Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport, was opened today in a ceremony attended by H.E. Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Board Member of Abu Dhabi Airports; Rani R. Raad, Chief Commercial Officer at CNN International; and Nick Inkster, CEO SSP WEMEAP.
CNN Traveller café, operated by SSP, gives visitors a comprehensive CNN experience including: CNN International broadcast in HD on a number of screens, with integrated audio system for each table; curated online, social and visual CNN content displayed on a media wall comprising four state-of-the-art Samsung digital signages; latest news headlines in an RSS news ticker situated above the serving counter. The café offers customers a wide range of food and beverages in CNN Traveller-branded packaging and crockery. Items on the menu include local specialties such as fatoush or taboule salad as well as a selection of open sandwiches, breakfast and all-day sandwiches and wraps. Customers also have access to free Wi-Fi. FULL POST
The 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, joins CNN's State of the Union for an in-depth interview ranging from childhood experiences to United States policy.
Candy Crowley sat down with President Bush earlier this week at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia to discuss the legacy of President George H.W. Bush which is the subject of his new book, 41: A Portrait of My Father. In addition, he weighed in on Jeb Bush's prospects for 2016, his relationship with the Clinton family, and race relations in the United States. President Bush stated that despite his close relationship with the Clintons, his brother Jeb would "absolutely" beat Hillary in the 2016 elections. According to the former president, race relations have improved but it is still sad to see race as "an emotional, divisive part of life." The former president also shared his views on Vladimir Putin, a man he once fished with, and the situation in Iraq.
On Putin, his former fishing partner: “Well, I think he's become more zero-sum type thinker. In other words, I don't - haven't talked to him in years, but it's almost as if he says that if the - if the West wins, I lose. And if I win, the West loses. As opposed to what can we do together to enhance our respective positions?”
On race relations in the United States and protests in New York: “I thought: how sad. The verdict was hard to understand, but I hadn't seen all the details. But it's sad that race continues to play such a, you know, kind of emotional, divisive part of life. I remember back in when I was a kid, in the '70s, and there was race riots with cities being burned. And I just think we've improved. I had dinner with Condi the other night and we talked about this subject, and, yes, she just said you got understand that there are a lot of, you know, black folks around that are just incredibly more and more distrusting of law enforcement. Which is a shame, because law enforcement's job is to protect everybody.
On ISIS and Iraq: “first thing is there has to be a goal, and the president has laid out what I think is a good goal, and that is to degrade and defeat ISIS. Once you state the goal, then you have to put plans in place to achieve the goal. And seems like to me the initial plans are being adjusted, and all I hope is that we succeed, because ISIS is lethal. They're lethal not only for the people in the neighborhoods in which they live; they're lethal to our security.”
On Bush 41’s advice before and during Bush 43’s presidency: “he didn't want to steer us. Not only in our career choices but once we had made choices on how to - on how to make decisions, in my case. Now, if I ever wanted advice, of course he was always there. And I tried - it's hard for people to understand. I fully understand that. But I hope when people read this, and I hope they do, is that they understand that when he reached across and grabbed my arm after the speech on September the 14 in the National Cathedral, I mean, incredibly emotional moment for me, it was in many ways symbolic of what he'd meant for me as president. In other words, he was a comforter. A lot. Because he had been through what I was going through and he knew that he - you know, each president has to make up their own mind. They have to develop their own team of people they trust. He knew that he got a lot of advice as president, a lot of it not grounded in knowledge, and that - and so he was confident I had a good team and that I would make decisions based upon good judgments of a lot of good advisers.”
Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST
CNN Films Global Television Premiere of Award-winning Filmmaker Steve James’ Documentary
Debuts Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm ET
Fresh from its highly successful theatrical exhibition, LIFE ITSELF will make its global television debut on CNN/U.S. on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern. LIFE ITSELF, based upon the 2012 memoir of the same title, written by legendary film critic Roger Ebert, was also honored today as Best Documentary by the National Board of Review. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January and is in contention for an Oscar® in the Best Documentary Feature category.
The critically-acclaimed LIFE ITSELF is directed by Award-winning filmmaker Steve James, produced by James and Zak Piper for Kartemquin Films and Garrett Basch for Film Rites, with executive producers Martin Scorsese, Steve Zaillian, Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Justine Nagan and Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films, Kat White of KatLei Productions, Mark Mitten, and Vinnie Malhotra and Amy Entelis of CNN Films. LIFE ITSELF was distributed theatrically by Magnolia Pictures.
“I owe so much to Roger for his support and critical insights into my work over the years. We tried to make a film that would both capture his legacy and reveal his incredibly rich and surprising life,” said director Steve James.
Revelatory about the movies, his childhood, his drinking, his love life, and his renowned rivalry with Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel, a significant portion of LIFE ITSELF is told in Ebert’s own voice, both native and synthesized, with frank candor and optimism – even as Ebert reckoned with his own mortality from the ravages of cancer.
“Her love was like a wind, pushing me back from the grave,” Roger Ebert says in the documentary about his deep, loving bond with his wife, Chaz Ebert. Both Eberts describe with great candor the origins of their meeting, their frank discussions about their interracial relationship, and the progression of his difficult illness.
The professional relationship between Ebert and Siskel was complex – and multilayered. Siskel’s widow, Marlene Iglitzen, and TV producer Thea Flaum tell stories behind the fierce competition between the two that vaulted both film critics to pop culture status.
Many in the creative film arts whose work he fearlessly reviewed still have tremendous respect and enduring love for Ebert, including director Steve James, whose early documentary Hoop Dreams (1994) was championed by Ebert. As testament, James secured contributions to his film about a film critic, from a wide array of filmmakers – including interviews with Rahmin Bahrani, Ava DuVernay, Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Gregory Nava, and Martin Scorsese. In particular, recalling a difficult review about his 1986 film The Color of Money, Scorsese says, it was “devastating…[but] that was a way of condemning…and helping.”
“Steve James’ beautiful film illuminates the extraordinary life of Roger Ebert well beyond the Pulitzer prize-winning film critic, but as beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, writer, mentor, and a scion of Chicago,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide. “We’re excited to bring LIFE ITSELF beyond the silver screen to a broader audience across the country in its television premiere,” Malhotra said.
LIFE ITSELF will be available in simulcast via CNNgo by logging in with a TV provider username and password on CNN’s iPad app or at www.CNN.com/go. The film will encore on CNN on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.