June 2nd, 2014
09:32 AM ET

CNN International boosts features programming with Future Finance launch

CNN International today announced the launch of Future Finance, a new weekly segment showcasing future trends related to the global financial system that will feature in two of the network's highest profile business shows – Quest Means Business and World Business Today.

Future Finance will complement CNN's business coverage by examining everything from a future without cash to high-speed trading that employs the power of laser beams.

Each month Nina Dos Santos will host a Future Finance 15 minute special programme highlighting the best in CNN’s series of short feature films and offers global insight into what's on the horizon at consumer and industry level.

With stories from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas; Future Finance is an opportunity to gain perspective on possible future trends related to all areas of global business innovation. The weekly reports begin airing on June 3 with CNN's first instalment of its 15 minute programme launching June 25, at 1045 BST / 1145 CET. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
June 2nd, 2014
07:26 AM ET

Qatar Airways sponsors special CNN coverage about history of commercial flight

Qatar Airways is embarking on an exclusive global sponsorship campaign with CNN to amplify the airline hosting this year’s International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting in Doha.

Throughout the week of the 70th IATA AGM and World Transport Summit, Qatar Airways will be sponsoring editorial theme week Across the Skies: 100 Years of Commercial Flight. Coverage will feature as daily segments in CNN International’s Quest Means Business – which will also be broadcast from Doha at points during the week – and on CNN US output.

The segments, fronted by CNN’s Aviation Expert Richard Quest and correspondents Jonathan Mann and Isa Soares, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of commercial aviation – highlighting the milestones, iconic moments and transformations that gave rise to today’s vast aviation network. Reports will span subjects such as key moments in aviation history and looking at planes of the future. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
June 2nd, 2014
06:05 AM ET

CNN embarks on special coverage to celebrate 100 years of commercial aviation

CNN is running a special theme week of coverage to mark the 100-year anniversary since Abram C. Pheil became the first paying passenger on a commercial flight.

Starting on June 2, Across the Skies: 100 Years of Commercial Flight will air on CNN globally to coincide with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and World Transport Summit taking place in Doha, Qatar. The coverage will feature as daily segments in CNN International’s Quest Means Business – which will also be broadcast from Doha at points during the week – and on CNN US output. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
CNN’s THE SIXTIES IS #1 in cable news Thursday, May 29 at both 9P and 10P
May 30th, 2014
03:03 PM ET

CNN’s THE SIXTIES IS #1 in cable news Thursday, May 29 at both 9P and 10P

According to Nielsen Fast National data, CNN’s Original Series THE SIXTIES debuted last night as the No. 1 program on cable news at both 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

At 9:00 pm, the episode, “Television Comes of Age,” averaged 284k in the key demo 25-54, Fox News followed with 273k and MSNBC posted 115k.

In total viewers CNN had 1.390m topping MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show’s 723k.  Fox News had 1.919m.

This represents a +190% increase in the demo 25-54 (284k vs. 98k) and a +312% increase in total viewers (1.390m vs. 337k) as compared to prior four-week average.

The encore presentation at 10:00 pm, averaged 243k in the demo, Fox News followed with 239k and MSNBC trailed with 104k.

Among total viewers CNN averaged 946k topping MSNBC’s 532k.  Fox News registered 1.428m. FULL POST

May 30th, 2014
02:43 PM ET

CNN’s Nima Elbagir talks to husband of Sudanese woman sentenced to death for Christian beliefs

In his first sit-down interview, Daniel Wani, the American husband of the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, tells CNN's Nima Elbagir (@NimaCNN) he will stand by his wife, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, until the end.

“I’m standing by her to end. Whatever she wants, I’ll stand by her,” Wani said.

Ibrahim gave birth to a baby girl earlier this week at a Khartoum prison, where's she's detained with her 20-month-old son.

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Topics: CNN • Nima Elbagir
CNN and Facebook Join for THE SIXTIES
May 29th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

CNN and Facebook Join for THE SIXTIES

CNN and Facebook Announce Strategic Partnership for Exclusive Video and Social Media Content to Create Multidimensional User Experience

CNN and Facebook today announced plans to join together for a unique viewer engagement initiative that will extend the experience of the new CNN series, THE SIXTIES, beyond television screens for Facebook users. THE SIXTIES, a 10-part series for television executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog, explores the events and people that made the 1960s an extraordinary era of change and achievement in pop culture, civil rights, politics, and technology. The enriched social media engagement will include exclusive video and social media content that will create a unique second screen experience for Facebook users.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Facebook to offer such a rich multimedia experience for viewers of THE SIXTIES,” said Andrew Morse, senior vice president of editorial content for CNN/U.S.. “This partnership will drive deeper engagement, and establish a community of viewers, which will explore the content in a variety of ways.”

Features of the unique collaboration will include weekly live Q&A chats with historic figures and the series producers during each episode, weekly viral video content on highlights of the period, and exclusive video produced by CNN Digital Studios illustrating the achievements and events of the remarkable decade. Each week, CNN will premiere one original video on Facebook related to the series content, as well as platform other SIXTIES-related video. FULL POST

May 28th, 2014
03:50 PM ET

Photo Gallery: 'A Look Into The Sixties' Museum-style Exhibit at NYC's Grand Central Terminal


Topics: CNN • CNN Originals Series • Kate Bolduan • The Sixties
May 28th, 2014
02:27 PM ET

McCain: Time for Shinseki to move on

Today on Wolf, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) responded to the reports that 1,700 in-need veterans were not on Phoenix VA hospital waiting lists.


Topics: CNN • Wolf Blitzer
May 28th, 2014
12:59 PM ET

Digital video series “City of Tomorrow” highlights urban innovation

Cities all around the world are coming up with groundbreaking ways to combat issues plaguing their surroundings, such as crime, traffic and the excess of greenhouse gases. To highlight the innovation of these cities and offer a glimpse into futuristic solutions for others to adopt, CNN Digital launched an 8-week futuristic video series today called City of Tomorrow. The series includes videos, text, photos and other interactive features, and will conclude with a 30-minute CNN TV special airing on Saturday, July 19.

Some of the inventive ideas covered in City of Tomorrow include sophisticated CIA software used by Los Angeles police that wrangles huge amounts of data to fight crime; the “world’s greenest commercial building” in Seattle; and experimental cities in Japan and the Middle East that offer a peek into future lifestyles.

To find more about the series via social media, users can follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #CityofTomorrow and learn more on CNN's Facebook page.

Additionally, City of Tomorrow is the one of the first series to launch as part of CNN’s Digital Studios initiative, an internal production house that produces a series of original video franchises. Topic areas for digital studios include innovation and technology; entertainment; wellness and lifestyle and travel and adventure.  


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Tech • Digital • Social Media • Video
May 27th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Why would soldiers 'miss' war?

CNN’s Jake Tapper spoke with American journalist, author and documentarian Sebastian Junger about his new documentary Korengal, which explores the psychological effects of war on soldiers.  The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.

A full transcript is available after the jump.

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