Ramon Escobar has been named Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for CNN Worldwide. Included in his role will be chairing CNN’s Diversity Council, as well as offering strategic guidance on issues of diversity to the CNN management team. The announcement was made by CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker, to whom Escobar will report on all matters of diversity and inclusion.
“CNN reaches a more diverse audience than any of our cable news competitors, and that’s something we are very proud of,” said Zucker. “Ramon has been a big part of our success in this area, as a key participant in identifying talent in front of and behind the camera. Diversity is about more than race – it’s also about gender, sexual orientation, ideology, age, geography, and much more. He understands the complex issues we face when it comes to diversity and inclusion, and I am really pleased to be partnering with him in his new role.” FULL POST
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Japan is a country proud of its past with a reputation for looking to the future. A country known for its innovation and impeccable quality. Despite decades of battling deflation, a shrinking population, and more global competition than ever, how are Japanese innovators are stepping up to the plate? Join CNN’s Will Ripley, as he uncovers what is driving the country’s ambition - discovering how today’s technology can alter tomorrow’s reality.
According to Nielsen Fast National data, CNN’s Original Series The Seventies debuted last night as the number-one program on cable news at 9:00pm in the demo 25-54. The series premiere episode, “Television Gets Real,” averaged 291k among 25-54, Fox News followed with 278k and MSNBC trailed far behind with 94k. In total viewers CNN averaged 887k topping MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show’s 647k. Fox News had 1.952m.
CNN was the only cable news network to increase during the 9:00pm hour compared to a year ago, growing +29% in the demo 25-54 (291k vs. 226k); while MSNBC was down -34% (94k vs. 143k) and Fox News was off -20% (278k vs. 347k).
Last night’s The Seventies premiere was up +2% vs. The Sixties debut a year ago (May 29, 2014) in the demo 25-54 (291k vs. 284k).
From EMMY® Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (Playtone), in association with HBO and EMMY® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (Herzog & Company), The Seventies examines the individuals and events that influenced and shaped a decade that had a profound impact on America. Through the use of raw and rarely seen archival footage, as well as interviews with journalists, historians, musicians and television artists who were eyewitnesses to history, The Seventies paints a vivid portrait of a period of lasting consequence.
The eight-part docuseries, airing Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT, delves into television, the impact of the Vietnam War, the evolving music scene, the Iran Hostage Crisis, violent crimes in America, the sexual revolution, and the rise in terrorism at home and abroad. Next week’s episode is “United States vs. Nixon” about the Watergate scandal.
(Above data is based on Nielsen Live +SD. More inclusive Live + 3 data will be available next week.)
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice spoke to Crowley about bringing Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl home—whether or not the U.S. negotiated with terrorists, why Congress was not notified prior to the operation, and the release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Additionally, Rice also spoke to Crowley about Benghazi.
On if the U.S. negotiated with terrorists to rescue Sergeant Bergdahl, Rice said, “When we are in battles with terrorists and the terrorists take an American prisoner, that prisoner still is a U.S. servicemen or woman. We still have a sacred obligation to bring that person back.”
Video clips and a transcript of the interview are available after the jump.
Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter, former anchor of "The Today Show", and host of "Inside Edition", Deborah Norville, spoke to CNN about ABC's Good Morning America cast member Josh Elliott's decision to join arch rival NBC and the Late Show's David Letterman's retirement.
A transcript and video of the interview are available after the jump.
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke to CNN in an EXCLUSIVE interview about the Affordable Care Act, midterm politics, and the double standard for women in politics.
During the interview, Pelosi told Crowley, “Vice President Cheney set a tone and attitude for the CIA… I think he’s proud of it.”
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A transcript and video from the interview is available after the jump.
Last night during “Syria in Crisis: A Townhall Special,” Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken discussed intelligence regarding chemical attacks in Syria with “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo.
When Cuomo asked why we would use military action if he can’t guarantee that the Assad regime used chemical weapons, Blinken responded, “Because we believe beyond a reasonable doubt, let me use that standard that’s familiar to a lot of people… that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people.… The case is clear. It’s compelling. It’s based on intelligence. It’s based on facts. It’s based on a lot of public information.”
“New Day” airs weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m. ET on CNN.
FULL TRANSCRIPT: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1309/05/pmt.01.html
Actor Adam Sandler dropped by "New Day" to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day.
"New Day" airs weekday mornings from 6-9am ET on CNN.
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., tells Starting Point Anchor Soledad O’Brien that she is touched by President Obama using her father’s bible during the Inauguration’s swearing in ceremony and is hoping that he addresses reconciliation in his speech.
King says, “Well, I think first and foremost, the fact that the president is using daddy's bible is heart warming for me. Because my father was first and foremost a preacher, pastor, it reminds people of that. That is one of the things I will stress today.”
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.
Visit the CNN Press Room for additional highlights from the network’s special coverage of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama: http://on.cnn.com/T6ba6n