September 5th, 2013

Turner Broadcasting Signs Affiliate and Consultancy Agreement with new channel to be launched in the Adria region

CNN to provide expertise as the new channel N1 joins international news leader’s global affiliate network

Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited, parent company of CNN International, has signed a broadcast affiliate agreement with N1, a soon-to-launch news network, for the Adria region, it was announced today.

The agreement makes N1 the exclusive news channel affiliate of CNN in the region and sees the news network join CNN’s family of 1100+ worldwide affiliates. The deal gives N1 exclusive access to video and newsgathering resources from CNN International including live breaking news, news stories and programming, for transmission in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In a regional first, N1 also has the option of translating selected CNN programming and news into localised languages.

As part of the CNN affiliate group, N1 will give CNN access to its own reporting from the Adria region, which will be gathered by teams based in its Belgrade headquarters and in regional hubs including Sarajevo and Zagreb.

Under the terms of the agreement, CNN will also provide consultancy, training and operational support, across all aspects of news production, for the channel’s launch phase and beyond, marking an additional dimension to the affiliate agreement.

“We’re delighted to be able to report this continued momentum in our affiliate business as we continue to grow in this space. It enables us to deliver on our goal of supporting local news operations with training and consultancy expertise and we’re delighted that N1 is joining the CNN fold. We look forward to working with the N1 team,’ commented Rani Raad, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, CNN International.

‘By affiliating with CNN the N1 network can draw on a wealth of global experience in the fields of newsgathering and programme making,’ said N1 Network Director, Brent Sadler. However N1 will also develop its own unique content within the region for the region from three capitals at the same time. It’s an exhilarating approach.’

This is the second major affiliate consultancy agreement CNN has struck in Eastern Europe this year following the networks deal with News7 Bulgaria, which launched successfully in March.

Turner Broadcasting:
Syreeta Clarke, / +44 207 693 0662

About Turner International

Turner Broadcasting System International operates versions of core TBS brands, including CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, and Turner Classic Movies, as well as country- and region-specific networks and businesses in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. It runs Pay- and Free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services, and is a commercial partner with various third-party media ventures; it teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage Time Warner’s global reach. TBS operates more than 150 channels showcasing 33 brands in 32 languages in over 200 countries. Turner Broadcasting System International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS), a Time Warner company.

About CNN International

CNN’s portfolio of news and information services is available in five different languages across all major TV, internet and mobile platforms reaching more than 375 million households around the globe. CNN International, awarded “News Channel of the Year” by the Royal Television Society in March 2013, is the number one international TV news channel according to all major media surveys across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Asia Pacific region and Latin America. The CNN digital network is consistently one of the top news and current affairs destination on the web. CNN has 45 editorial offices and more than 1,100 affiliates worldwide through CNN Newsource. CNN International is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company