July 16th, 2014
02:21 PM ET

THE WAR COMES HOME – A Soledad O’Brien Report Premieres Aug. 12 at 9:00pm on CNN/U.S.

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Moving new CNN Special Presentation Explores Hope for Vets Struggling with Post Traumatic Stress

Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ready to resume the lives of promise they had left behind. For both veterans, within months of coming home, their relationships were crumbling, their children were frightened of their rages, and suicide became a choice they both thought could be a solution for their anguish. Then, a new program that treats post traumatic stress gave them hope. Produced by Soledad O'Brien’s Starfish Media Group in association with MediaStorm, THE WAR COMES HOME, follows the journeys of these two young men who came home from war, and their personal battles to recover from the effects of the wars that came home with them.

The one hour special, THE WAR COMES HOME, debuts Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 9:00pm and will encore at 12:00am, and on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7:00pm. All times Eastern on CNN/U.S.

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July 14th, 2014
03:37 PM ET

CNN Original Series "The Hunt with John Walsh" Captures #1 Spot & CNN's highest rated premiere episode

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The series premiere of CNN Original Series, "The Hunt with John Walsh" is 
best premiere episode ever; ranks #1 in Total Viewers (989k) and P25-54 (330k) among all cable news networks 

  • "The Hunt" is the best premiere episode ever for a CNN Original Series in P25-54 (330k).
  • "The Hunt with John Walsh"captured 989k Total Viewers and 330k P25-54 (Sunday, July 13, 9-10 p.m. ET/PT), ranking #1 among all cable news networks;
  • "The Hunt" beat FNC by +21% (815k) and MSNBC by +174% (361k) in Total Viewers;
  • "The Hunt" outperformed FNC by +141% (137k) and MSNBC by +63% (203k) in P25-54;
  • vs. prior four Sundays, CNN grew 89% in P2+ and +96% in P25-54.

Hosted by John Walsh, a passionate victim’s rights activist and television personality, The Hunt exposes stories of ongoing domestic and international criminal investigations of fugitives, and is produced by the Peabody and Emmy award winning Zero Point Zero Production Inc (Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown).

All data based on Nielsen Fast National

July 14th, 2014
09:30 AM ET

Alisyn Camerota Joins CNN as Anchor

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Veteran anchor and reporter Alisyn Camerota has joined CNN Worldwide as an anchor.  She begins today.  Camerota comes to CNN after 16 years at FOX News Channel, which she left in March.

“I have been a fan of Alisyn’s for a very long time, and couldn’t be happier that she has agreed to come to CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.  “She is not only a seasoned journalist with a great curiosity and passion for the news, but she has a presence on camera that I think is very hard to find.  I can’t wait to have her on the air at CNN.”

Camerota will contribute to all programs across CNN.  A permanent role will be announced in the coming months.

"From the moment Jeff Zucker shared his vision for innovative storytelling at CNN, I wanted to be part of it,” said Camerota.  “I know the power of cable news and it's exciting to be going to the place that invented it and continues to be the standard bearer for stories of international import.  I've always admired the fine work of the journalists at CNN and I'm honored to join their ranks."    FULL POST

CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy Honored with Nine Combined Emmy Award Nominations
July 10th, 2014
11:00 AM ET

CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy Honored with Nine Combined Emmy Award Nominations

The highly-rated CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy received nine combined nominations in the 66th Primetime Emmy Award competition.

“We are extremely proud of the superb storytelling, highest-level production and singular voices of CNN’s Original Series. They’ve clearly connected with viewers and critics alike and we are honored that the Television Academy has recognized their work,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.

CNN Original Series’ nominations include:

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy

Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Tokyo and Punjab episodes

Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming

The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Tokyo episode

Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Punjab episode

Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Tokyo episode

Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Congo episode

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CNN IS #2 IN CABLE NEWS FOR THE 2Q 2014
July 1st, 2014
02:07 PM ET

CNN IS #2 IN CABLE NEWS FOR THE 2Q 2014

MSNBC FALLS TO 4TH AND FOX NEWS IS POSTING LOWEST QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE SINCE 2001

CNN Original Series Post Strong Ratings Performance This Quarter

For the second quarter 2014:

• CNN ranked #2 in Total Day among total viewers (344k) and in the key demo 25-54 rating (106k).
• CNN ranked #2 in M-Su Primetime among 25-54 rating, tying with MSNBC. (163k vs. 163k).
• CNN ranked #2 in Dayside (9a-4p) in both total viewers (378k) and demo 25-54 rating (93k)
• CNN ranked #1 in Weekend Primetime in demo rating (189k) and #2 among total viewers (483k).

This quarter MSNBC slipped to #4 in total day (104k) and dayside (58k) in the key demo 25-54 rating. MSNBC’s dayside performance of 58k represents the network’s lowest quarterly delivery in nearly 11 years – since 3Q 2003 (54k). Fox News is down double-digits across all key dayparts among both total viewers and demo 25-54 rating this quarter. In M-F primetime, Fox News is posting its lowest performance in the key demo (326k) in over 12 years since 2Q 01 (163k).
Second quarter CNN show highlights include:

• Early Start with John Berman and Christine Romans ranked #2 in total viewers (189k).
• The Lead with Jake Tapper ranked #2 in total viewers (381k) and the demo (90k).
• AC 360 ranked #2 in the key demo (158k) easily topping MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (136k).
• Smerconish ranked #2 in total viewers (425k).
• Inside Politics with John King ranked #2 in total viewers (370k).
• State of the Union with Candy Crowley ranked #2 in total viewers (382k) at 9a and at noon in both total viewers (430k) and among the demo (99k).
• Fareed Zakaria GPS ranked #2 in both total viewers (456k) and key demo rating (117k).
• Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter ranked #2 in total viewers (375k) and among 25-54 (107k).

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Topics: CNN • Press Releases • Ratings
July 1st, 2014
10:09 AM ET

New Summer Season of ‘DEATH ROW STORIES’ Bows Sunday, July 13

Riveting series about capital murder cases returns Sundays at 10:00pm & 1:00am ET

Executive produced by Academy® Award-winner Alex Gibney of Jigsaw Productions, together with Academy® Award-winner Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, the thought-provoking CNN Original Series DEATH ROW STORIES examining the justice delivered for those who face the ultimate criminal penalty will return for a summer season on Sunday, July 13 at 10:00pmET and 1:00amET.  The first five episodes of the series successfully debuted in early March; the summer season will offer three new episodes on successive Sundays, to be followed by encores of the five spring season episodes.

Redford and Gibney released the following statement as the summer premiere approached: “We are pleased to return to CNN with original episodes of DEATH ROW STORIES.  Since our original premiere in spring of 2014, the country has been confronted with questions about the true meaning of justice and punishment.  Our hope and expectation is that these episodes, all dealing with cases yet to be resolved, will further the discussion about what is working, and what is not, within our justice system and the death penalty.” FULL POST

CNN, Georgia Tech To Launch First Ever Initiative To Explore Media's UAV Use In U.S. Airspace
June 23rd, 2014
12:30 PM ET

CNN, Georgia Tech To Launch First Ever Initiative To Explore Media's UAV Use In U.S. Airspace

Beginning this summer, CNN and Georgia Institute of Technology will embark on a joint research initiative to better understand the opportunities unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) present for media organizations, and to explore the access and safety issues that need to be addressed as part of any new regulatory framework. The project team will be staffed by senior members of CNN’s newsgathering team and researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

The effort will evaluate the technology, personnel and safety needs to operate effectively in the national air space.  CNN and Georgia Tech Research Institute plan to share their research data with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as it considers regulations that will allow for the safe and effective operation of UAVs by media outlets.


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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

CNN and Facebook Join for THE SIXTIES
May 28th, 2014
11:35 AM ET

CNN and Smithsonian Affiliations partnered to take “A LOOK INTO THE SIXTIES” at Grand Central Terminal in NYC

In cooperation with eleven Smithsonian Affiliate museums from around the country, CNN installed a museum-style exhibit in Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal in New York City celebrating the spirit of the 1960s. Playing homage to the decade’s iconic imagery, larger-than-life protagonists, and monumental social, political and cultural changes, “A Look into The Sixties: An Exhibition on the Decade That Changed the World” touched upon all ten of the major themes explored in the documentary series, CNN’s THE SIXTIES, executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

The items that were on display included the original bench and key from the jail cell in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail, a full flight suit and protective gear recovered from a US pilot whose plane was shot down in Vietnam, rare Beatles memorabilia, original posters and artwork from Woodstock, and a number of other cultural and political artifacts.

For more information, please follow @TheSixtiesCNN via Twitter.

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