12:12 AM ET, November 19th, 2014

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 […] Full Post

CNN and CNN Arabic audiences to select Middle East’s Influencer 2014
November 11th, 2014
09:28 AM ET

CNN and CNN Arabic audiences to select Middle East’s Influencer 2014

Abu Dhabi, 11 November 2014. As an extraordinary year in the Middle East draws to a close, CNN Arabic and Connect the World with Becky Anderson are inviting audiences in the region and beyond to help identify the person who has most influenced the Middle East in 2014.

By analysing audience data from the CNN Arabic website across the year, CNN has identified ten key figures that have made the biggest impact on the region. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 48 & 49
'Make Create Innovate' takes a look at the Bloodhound SSC car - a car designed to be capable of going more than 100MPH
November 7th, 2014
12:00 PM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 48 & 49

Leading Women

Ornella Barra, Chief Executive, Alliance Boots, is one of this month’s ‘Leading Women’
Ornella Barra, Chief Executive, Alliance Boots, is one of this month’s ‘Leading Women’
 
Wednesday 26 November at 1030 GMT/ 1130 CET and 1730 GMT/ 1830 CET
Saturday 29 November at 0630 GMT/ 0730 CET and 1930 GMT/ 2030 CET
Sunday 30 November at 1330 GMT/ 1430 CET
Duration: 15 minutes
 

‘Leading Women’ connects CNN’s audience to extraordinary women of our time. Each month, the programme meets two women at the top of their field, exploring their careers, lives and ideas.

In November:

Ornella Barra is the Chief Executive, Wholesale and Brands, of multinational pharmacy-led health and beauty group Alliance Boots, formed by the merger of the British high street group Boots, and retail pharmacy group Alliance UniChem. The Italian-born Monegasque businesswoman is a qualified pharmacist and started her career within the healthcare industry by managing a pharmacy, and then acquiring it. Responsible for strategy, management and international retail for Alliance healthcare, she has been married to Italian billionaire Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots, for 30 years. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
November 7th, 2014
10:52 AM ET

CNN Films: IVORY TOWER Asks - Is College Worth the Cost?

Following Successful Festival Exhibition, CNN Films Broadcast will Premiere Thursday, Nov. 20 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm ET

IVORY TOWER, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and was exhibited in theaters throughout the country, will make its global television premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern. The film is directed and produced by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times, 2011) and Kate Novack.

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach for many students, and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), the film asks: Is college worth the cost?  From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to new models for accessing higher education influenced by Silicon Valley, the filmmakers assemble an urgent portrait of a great American institution at a transformational breaking point. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
November 6th, 2014
01:13 PM ET

CNN HEROES 2014 Kicks Off with Two Special Presentations

Stars and Stripes Unite and Rescuing the River Set Stage for the Eighth Annual Broadcast of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

As the winner of this year’s “CNN Hero of the Year” awaits to be revealed during the upcoming global broadcast of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, Anderson Cooper will host two special presentations, going in-depth with musician Kid Rock, actor Gary Sinise, comedienne Kathy Griffin and last year’s Hero of the Year.

Just what do Kid Rock, Gary Sinise and Kathy Griffin have in common? Beyond their undeniable talent, it’s their unyielding support for our Veterans. In the half-hour Stars and Stripes Unite: A CNN Heroes Special, Anderson Cooper will take viewers inside their personal and profoundly moving journeys with the troops. FULL POST


Topics: CNN • CNN Heroes • Press Releases
November 6th, 2014
12:50 PM ET

Rachel Nichols Sits Down With the Courageous Lauren Hill

Rachel Nichols this week spoke with courageous Mount St. Joseph basketball player Lauren Hill, the 19-year-old freshman who recently realized her dream of playing in a college basketball game before she dies.

Lauren, who has a rare form of brain cancer, scored the first two points in last week’s season opener, which the NCAA moved up by two weeks to ensure she had the opportunity to play in her first college game.

Following what Lauren called “the best day” ever, she opened up to Rachel about living with a terminal diagnosis, that special game and how she hopes to raise awareness.

The full interview will air Friday, November 9th at 10:30 on CNN’s Unguarded with Rachel Nichols.


Topics: CNN
November 6th, 2014
11:21 AM ET

CNN and Amazon Partner for CNN Heroes Online Donations

Supporters can now contribute to the CNN Heroes’ designated Non-Profit Organizations through Amazon Payments

In advance of the global premiere of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute on Sunday, December 7th at 8 pm ET, CNN and Amazon have teamed up to enable people around the world to donate to this year's Top Ten CNN Heroes and their causes by using Amazon Payments.

Now, through December 31, 2014, supporters can make online donations to the CNN Heroes' designated nonprofit organizations by clicking the ‘Donate with Amazon’ buttons on CNNHeroes.com and on each of the Top Ten Heroes' individual story pages. Amazon Payments is a fast, easy and secure way to donate online using the payment information stored in a user’s Amazon account.  All donations are tax-deductible in the United States. FULL POST


Topics: CNN • CNN Heroes • Press Releases
CNN takes three AIB awards, Richard Quest named TV Personality of the Year
(Left to right) Richard Quest, London Bureau Chief Tommy Evans & Moscow Correspondent Phil Black
November 5th, 2014
06:28 PM ET

CNN takes three AIB awards, Richard Quest named TV Personality of the Year

CNN celebrated three wins at the 2014 Association for International Broadcasting awards, hosted at the LSO St Luke’s in London on Wednesday night.

For the second year running, CNN was awarded the prize for best ‘Live Television Journalism’, this time for its reporting on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine.

CNN also won in the 'Short News Report’ category for its coverage of a shooting which took place during clashes between Ukrainian security forces and protestors in Kiev’s Independence Square.

The climax of the evening, however, was the naming of Richard Quest as the 'Television Personality of the Year.' Quest, whose dynamic and distinctive style has made him a unique figure in the field of business broadcasting, was at the ceremony to personally receive the award. FULL POST

November 5th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

CNN Ranks #2 in Cable News During 2014 Midterm Election Night Coverage

POSTS +69% ADVANTAGE OVER MSNBC 

Network Grows the Most vs. Prior Four Weeks  

CNN’s coverage of the 2014 midterm elections ranked a strong second last night in cable news.  From 7-11pm, CNN averaged 812k in the key demo rating 25-54, a +69% advantage over MSNBC’s 481k, and 1.890 million among total viewers vs. MSNBC’s 1.590m.  Fox News posted 1.516m/5.831m respectively.

Compared to the 2010 midterm elections, Fox News was down the most – declining -31% in the key demo (2.184m vs. 1.516m), MSNBC was down -24% (633k vs. 481k) and CNN was off only -10% (906k vs. 812k).

Versus the prior four Tuesdays, CNN grew the most – increasing +480% in the demo 25-54 (140k vs. 812k), MSNBC grew +315% (116k vs. 481k) and Fox News was up +303% (376k vs. 1.516k).

Note:  CNN is currently unavailable in DISH Network homes. The projected impact on the national level among adults 25-54 is 13% of CNN’s primetime audience.

 

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Topics: CNN
November 5th, 2014
04:14 PM ET

Cantor: GOP has chance to show it can govern

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke to CNN's Jake Tapper about what signals Republicans are looking for from President Obama following the midterm elections.

 
Full Interview:
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

 JAKE TAPPER, CNN: Joining me now is former House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, who, of course, lost a bruising Republican primary race earlier this year. Congressman Cantor joins us now. Congressman, Republicans have the Senate, everything from the White House this morning sounds conciliatory. We're expecting to hear from the president any minute. Is there anything he can say that will signal to you and your fellow Republicans that he's genuinely willing to work with Republicans?

REP. ERIC CANTOR (R-VA), FORMER HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER: Jake, I think that what the public really needs to hear from the president is he is committed to working with Capitol Hill, working with the Republicans, and that he's not going to demonstrate his my way or the highway way of operating that's been in the past. I think the big signal to Republicans in Washington is going to be whether this president is going to execute his executive order on the issue of immigration that has been so widely reported.

If the present White House – -
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Topics: CNN
November 5th, 2014
01:05 AM ET

Sen. Cruz dodges McConnell question

As part of CNN’s Election Night in America coverage, Wolf Blitzer spoke to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) about the midterm election results and the future Republican majority in the Senate. While Senator Cruz expressed his enthusiasm for the Republican victories, Senator Cruz would not say whether or not he would support Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as Majority Leader.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Sen. Cruz on his support for Sen. McConnell as Majority Leader:  “That will be a decision for the conference to make and that will be decided next week.”

Sen. Cruz on the results of the midterm elections:  It was a powerful repudiation of the Obama agenda, the Obama economy, which isn't working. And now really the responsibility falls on Republicans, now that we have been handed the majority, for us to stand up and lead, and I very much hope that's what we do.”

Sen. Cruz on the Republican majority in the Senate: “We need to pass law after law after law, responding to the American people, and put them up to the president and see if he is willing to veto every aspect of legislation that would protect the American people and provide relief to the people who are suffering. “

Full transcript of the interview is available after the jump. FULL POST


Topics: CNN • Election Night • Wolf Blitzer
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