February 13th, 2015
11:01 AM ET

Poppy Harlow Named Anchor of CNN Newsroom Weekend

Poppy Harlow has been named anchor of CNN Newsroom Weekend on Saturdays from 3-6pm ET and 7-8pm ET, and Sundays from 5-8pm ET.

Poppy Harlow headshot

Based in New York City, Harlow will continue to cover breaking news and deliver feature reporting and investigative stories in addition to her new anchor role.

The announcement comes on the heels of a successful year for the correspondent whose long-form investigative pieces, including in-depth reporting on the General Motors recall crisis – specifically the story of one woman wrongly convicted in a deadly crash  – aired across CNN prime time programming and CNNMoney.com.

Previously, Harlow was a New York based correspondent for CNN and an anchor/correspondent for CNNMoney.com.  She also served as a business correspondent on CNN, CNN International and HLN, covering business and economic news and how it impacts policy and people around the globe.

Harlow, who has been with the network since 2008, has won the Gracie Award for Best Online Investigative Feature and SABEW's Best in Business award.

Topics: CNN • Poppy Harlow
February 12th, 2015
10:41 AM ET


  • Partnership shines spotlight on Africa, via infographics-based series and special news app


Africa’s leading mobile operator, MTN, is the commercial partner for CNN International’s multi-platform initiative ‘Africa View’, which tells the story of Africa’s diversity, dynamism and role on the global stage.

Through its integrated television and digital sponsorship campaign, MTN is proud to partner with CNN International on its programme to showcase Africa’s social and economic progress. The advertising and sponsorship campaign is focused on the ‘Africa View’ infographics series, which runs on CNN International’s highly popular television and digital platforms. Consumers will also have access to a dedicated news app for ‘Africa View’, when it’s launched later in 2015. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
February 12th, 2015
09:13 AM ET

Two New CNN Original Series Debut, Sunday, March 1st

Two new CNN Original Series will premiere Sunday, March 1st with Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery (produced by Nutopia) airing at 9pm ET/PT, followed by the The Wonder List with Bill Weir at 10 pm ET/PT (produced by CNN).

Loved and worshipped by billions, Jesus of Nazareth is, unquestionably, the most famous person of the last 2,000 years.  His influence on culture, politics, education and literature continues to this day.  But he left no physical trace.  Or did he?  That’s the question at the forefront of Finding Jesus:  Faith, Fact, Forgery. The series features the latest scientific and archaeological research along with a first-class panel of contributors who will provide expert commentary and investigate the authenticity of six objects which could shed new light on Jesus.

The series will air across six, one hour episodes, culminating on Easter Sunday. FULL POST

Moonshots for the 21st Century: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special now available exclusively via CNNgo
February 11th, 2015
04:12 PM ET

Moonshots for the 21st Century: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special now available exclusively via CNNgo

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores inspiring futuristic endeavors in science and technology for a special edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS, Moonshots for the 21st Century, available now exclusively via CNNgo, the network’s TV Everywhere product that gives viewers control of their CNN experience.

This Fareed Zakaria GPS special takes a fascinating look at how harnessing the energy of nuclear fusion reactions may create a virtually limitless energy source, unlocking innovations in hypersonic flight, and revealing the power of the mind by mapping the brain.  Will astronauts reach Mars by the 2030s? Will it soon be possible to 3D-print human organs for life-saving transplants?  Zakaria guides viewers on a tour of how scientists may turn these technological pipe dreams into reality during an extraordinary hour of discoveries.

Guests include NASA Administrator Charles Bolden; the chief of the Bioficial Heart Division of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute at the University of Louisville, Dr. Stuart Williams; from the energy development member nation organization ITER, U.S. head Ned Sauthoff and scientists Gunther Janeschitz and Mark Henderson; the chief engineer for the high speed systems division at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Robert Mercier; and theoretical physicist & futurist Dr. Michio Kaku.

Moonshots for the 21st Century: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special is available to viewers now by logging in with a TV provider username and password on CNN’s iPad app or via www.CNN.com/go.

'CNN Ones to Watch’ with Frank Gatson
'CNN Ones to Watch' with Frank Gatson
February 10th, 2015
06:20 AM ET

'CNN Ones to Watch’ with Frank Gatson

Friday 13 February at 1630 GMT / 1730 CET

Beyoncé’s creative director names dance stars of the future for CNN show:

Lil Buck and Chris Grant

From Michael Jackson’s celebrated Moonwalk in the 80s to Miley Cyrus’ controversial twerking a generation later, pop stars have been stealing the secret moves of America’s inner city streets and transforming them into worldwide sensations.

From the tap, to the twist and the twerk, every age is defined by a dance. Where do they come from? Who are the stars of the future who’ll be shaking our world?

'CNN Ones to Watch' in February explores the evolution of dance from graffiti-sprayed ghettos to revolving arena stages through the eyes of legendary choreographer Frank Gatson, a man who began his career as a dancer performing alongside Michael Jackson in ‘Smooth Criminal’. Today, he is the choreographer who dreams up Beyoncé’s every move, including her iconic ‘Single Ladies’ routine, which has attracted over half a billion hits online. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
DHS Secretary: gov shutdown "means furloughing employees"
February 8th, 2015
04:29 PM ET

DHS Secretary: gov shutdown "means furloughing employees"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Dana Bash speaks to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about national security and the fate of Homeland Security funding.


 Johnson: Head of Secret Service to be chosen "soon"

Feds: People in U.S. in contact with ISIS

DHS Secretary on securing American hostages

Johnson: Furloughs coming at DHS if funding stalls


Johnson on the Congressional budget: I am on Capitol Hill now virtually every working day talking to Democrats and Republicans about the importance of a fully funded Department of Homeland Security in these times in particular. We're on a continuing resolution right now, which, as you point out, expires on February 27, which is less than 20 days at this point. And, as long as we're on a continuing resolution, that, in and of itself, creates uncertainty about how we go about our Homeland Security missions. And, if we go into government shutdown, for example, that means furloughing employees, furloughing Homeland Security officials. As Craig Fugate, the administrator of FEMA, pointed out the other day, if we go into government shutdown, he's got to furlough something like 80 percent of his FEMA work force. And so I'm on the Hill every day stressing the importance of a fully funded Department of Homeland Security, separate and apart from riders to try to defund our efforts to reform the immigration system.”

Johnson on the global terrorist threat: “We have evolved to a new phase in the global terrorist threat, in that, 13 years ago, when we were attacked on 9/11, we had a relatively conventional command-and-control structure from core al Qaeda that would dispatch, deploy operatives to commit terrorist acts. The situation now is more decentralized, more diffuse, and frankly more complex, in that terrorist organizations such as ISIL or al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula use the Internet, use social media to communicate and to inspire acts of terrorism in individuals' home countries.  And for that reason, we need to be particularly vigilant here at home, working with state and local law enforcement, working with the public through campaigns such As If You See Something, Say Something. “



Topics: CNN • Dana Bash • Iraq • ISIS • State of the Union
Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 7&8
This month’s ‘Open Court’ interviews Richard ‘The Flying Dutchman’ Krakicek (Credit: Getty Images)
February 6th, 2015
11:54 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 7&8

Open Court

‘Open Court’ features wheelchair tennis player Esther Vergeer (Credit: Getty Images)

‘Open Court’ features wheelchair tennis player Esther Vergeer (Credit: Getty Images)

Thursday 19 February at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET

Saturday 21 February at 0730 GMT / 0830 CET and 2230 GMT / 2330 CET

Sunday 22 February at 1730 GMT / 1830 CET

Saturday 28 February at 1730 GMT /1830 CET

Sunday 1 March at 0730 GMT / 0830 CET and 2230 GMT / 2330 CET

Duration: 30 minutes

The Rotterdam ATP/500 tournament is one of the mainstays of the ATP tour.  This year’s tournament has attracted some of the biggest names in the game – Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, and Grigor Dimitrov.  But who will be left standing on finals day?

This month’s ‘Open Court’ has rare access to one of the ATP’s most popular tournaments, including a backstage pass to this year’s grand finale.  The programme is there from start to finish talking to the players, coaches, and giving an insight as to what goes on well before the players walk out on court.  FULL POST

Topics: CNN
The CNN Special Report "Chasing a Killer: Inside the McStay Murders" Airs Tonight on CNN
February 3rd, 2015
12:43 PM ET

The CNN Special Report "Chasing a Killer: Inside the McStay Murders" Airs Tonight on CNN

A family of four, murdered and buried in the desert. A close friend charged with killing them all. But did he do it?

On the fifth anniversary of the McStay family murders, CNN’s Randi Kaye speaks exclusively with the man charged with their murder, Chase Merritt, as well as law enforcement close to the case and family.

In Chasing a Killer: Inside the McStay Murders, Kaye will also take a close look at the investigation and the evidence that led to Merritt's arrest.

The CNN Special Report airs Wednesday, February 4th at 9pET/PT on CNN.

Topics: CNN
February 2nd, 2015
06:22 AM ET


CNN International, the number one international news channel, is increasing its advertising offering to Italian brands through a new partnership with System Advertising, the advertising agency of Gruppo 24 ORE, which is the leading multimedia publishing group in Italy for economic, financial, professional and cultural information.

From February 1st, Gruppo 24 ORE - System Advertising is CNN’s sole agent in Italy, representing CNN International’s platforms and brand solutions to a range of advertisers. This arrangement will offer an enhanced advertising proposition to premium Italian brands that want a major presence on the world stage.

With a range of TV, digital, mobile and social platforms reaching more than 385 million households around the globe, CNN International is the number one international TV news channel according to all major media surveys. The latest independent data from Ipsos shows that CNN reaches an unrivalled four out of 10 upscale consumers and decision-makers in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
February 1st, 2015
10:55 AM ET

PRES OBAMA on Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features a wide-ranging interview with President Barack Obama in New Delhi as the President concluded his state visit to India. Topics included the impact of the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on the fragile Middle Eastern region,  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress on President Obama’s Iran policy, the need for drone use regulations, China’s apparent distress over the burgeoning Obama-Modi friendship, Russia’s failing economy and its success in de-stabilizing Ukraine, and the legacy of his administration. Videos and a full transcript of the interview are below.


President Obama on the need for regulations regarding the use of drones

President Obama on the passing of King Abdullah

President Obama on U.S.-Israeli relationship

President Obama on Russia

President Obama on China and India

President Obama on terrorism

President Obama on radical Islam

President Obama on authoritarian allies in the Middle East

President Obama on Phil Klay’s Redeployment

Full transcript after the jump.


Topics: CNN • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • Iraq • ISIS • Israel • Russia • Syria
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