December 13th, 2014
10:26 AM ET

On CNN's Smerconish: Fmr Sen. Bob Graham says he was never briefed on use of EITs by CIA, despite claims

On today’s SmerconishFormer 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.

Topics: CNN
CNN FILMS DINOSAUR 13 RANKED #2 IN PRIMETIME CABLE NEWS – Additional encore airs Sunday, Dec. 14 at 9pET
December 12th, 2014
04:52 PM ET

CNN FILMS DINOSAUR 13 RANKED #2 IN PRIMETIME CABLE NEWS – Additional encore airs Sunday, Dec. 14 at 9pET


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).


December 12th, 2014
10:24 AM ET

Drew Griffin honored with Dirksen Award

CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin has been honored with the prestigious Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress, it was announced yesterday by the National Press Foundation.


The year-long series “Congress for Sale” on Anderson Cooper 360 examined the growing obsession with fundraising by members of congress. The near non-stop fundraising, which leads to an all too cozy relationship with lobbyists and others seeking influence on Capitol Hill, creates a system that many in the series called legalized extortion.


In recognizing Griffin’s reporting, the National Press Freedom judges said, “Drew Griffin produced a profound series of pieces illuminating the dark side of elected officials and big business. It succinctly explained how members of Congress abuse enormous amounts of money for personal gain. It took the veil off the relationship between lobbyists, politicians, and the town they work in.”


CNN Senior Producer David Fitzpatrick worked with Griffin on the year-long series "Congress for Sale."

Topics: Drew Griffin
CNN Named 'Cable and Satellite Channel of the Year' at 2014 Asian TV Awards
December 12th, 2014
09:37 AM ET

CNN Named 'Cable and Satellite Channel 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.


Mayors Emanuel, Landrieu, Wharton, Fischer & Reed Pen Exclusive CNNMoney Op-Eds
December 12th, 2014
08:24 AM ET

Mayors Emanuel, Landrieu, Wharton, Fischer & Reed Pen Exclusive CNNMoney Op-Eds

In the face of dwindling budgets and changing societal needs, the nation's mayors are using innovation to solve their most pressing problems. CNNMoney reached out to five mayors from some of the country's largest cities to learn about their approaches to major issues.

Chicago's Rahm EmanuelMemphis' A C Wharton, New Orleans' Mitch Landrieu, Louisville's Greg Fischer and Atlanta's Kasim Reed detailed their plans in a series of exclusive op-eds, laying out how they used grants received  from Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2011.

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Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 1 & 2
Vo Trong's wind and water bar in Ho Chi Minh City.
December 12th, 2014
08:01 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 1 & 2

CNN Ones to Watch

David Adjaye (pictured) is this month’s ‘CNN Ones to Watch’ master.

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

Topics: CNN
December 11th, 2014
04:18 PM ET

.@andersoncooper & @kathygriffin Back to Co-Host CNN’s New Year’s Eve Coverage

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Back to Co-Host CNN’s New Year’s Eve Coverage

Live from Times Square Beginning at 9 p.m. ET

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin will co-host CNN’s coverage of New Year’s Eve celebrations on Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (ET). Back for their 8th consecutive year, Cooper and Griffin will ring in the New Year live from NYC’s Time Square for CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin.”

Asked about how he is preparing for the evening, Cooper remarked, "I've given up asking Kathy to watch what she says. There's no point. I'm just hoping for the best."   Kathy Griffin added, "I'm sorry to report Anderson Cooper will not be my attaché for New Year's Eve this year on CNN. His vulgarity and crossing the line humor has proven to be too much for my virgin ears."   Cooper and Griffin will appear along with CNN correspondents who will provide reports from celebrations across the country and around the world, including London, Moscow, Beijing and Calcutta. Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon will be live from New Orleans LA, Pamela Brown from Memphis, TN, Gary Tuchman will cover the Crab Drop in Easton,MD and Richard Quest will be on a cruise ship off the Bahamas.   Leading up to “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” will be “All the Best, All the Worst 2014,” an Anderson Cooper 360° special airing at 8 p.m. (ET). The one hour special hosted by Tom Foreman will count down to 2015 by shining a spotlight on the highlights and lowlights of the past twelve months in politics, pop culture, the economy, and entertainment.   At 12:30 a.m (ET), Anderson and Kathy will hand off to Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon who will be counting down as the Central Time Zone rings in the new year.

About CNN CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.  Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media.  Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world.  CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.


Topics: Anderson Cooper
December 9th, 2014
06:32 PM ET

FBI: CIA report may spark terror threat

Sen. Dianne Feinstein speaks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about a newly released CIA torture report.

December 9th, 2014
02:39 PM ET

Hagel on torture report release: 'We want to be prepared'

To see Jim Sciutto's full interview with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. EST and "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" at 5 p.m. EST.

Washington (CNN) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday the military is prepared to handle any potential fallout from the impending release of a Senate panel's torture report.

All U.S. military combatant commanders are on alert Tuesday on his orders, though they are not facing any specific threats, Hagel told CNN's Jim Sciutto in an interview Tuesday. FULL POST

Topics: Jim Sciutto
December 8th, 2014
07:28 PM ET

CNN goes to Afghanistan with Chuck Hagel

CNN's Jim Sciutto speaks to outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during his last visit to Afghanistan.

Topics: Chuck Hagel • Jim Sciutto
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