CNN’s David McKenzie was stopped by Chinese police today while trying to approach a Beijing courthouse to report on a trial of a government activist. Later, when McKenzine was interviewed about the incident on AC 360, the show’s feed was cut in China. Here’s the video and Anderson Cooper’s interview:
A day after he announced he was going to make a film taking on the NRA with Meryl Streep, Harvey Weinstein — the producer of several violent films — told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview to air tonight that he has had a change of heart about violent content in film. Asked by Morgan about his hypocrisy of making these violent films, Weinstein said, “They have a point. You have to look in the mirror, too. I have to choose movies that aren’t violent or as violent as they used to be. I know for me personally, you know, I can’t continue to do that. The change starts here. It has already. For me, I can’t do it. I can’t make one movie and say this is what I want for my kids and then just go out and be a hypocrite.” He added that he would make a movie like Lone Survivor, “a tribute to the United States special forces,” but “I’m not going to make some crazy action movie just to blow up people and exploit people just for the sake of making it.” As far as Streep, he said, “people have to remember that Meryl Streep is an actress. She’s working as someone whose playing a part and all the heat should come my way.” Here’s the interview on CNN’s website in two parts (the second after the post):
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CNN‘s Around The World is toast and its hosts re-deployed — Suzanne Malveaux back to Washington as national correspondent and Michael Holmes back full-time at CNN International. It’s part of CNN’s daytime shakeup announced this morning. Starting Monday, February 10, John Berman and Michaela Pereira will co-anchor CNN’s 11 AM hour while continuing to anchor Early Start and New Day, respectively. Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield is moving from 11 AM to noon. Wolf Blitzer will continue to anchor the 1 PM hour; he will focus on politics, breaking news and international news. He will also continue to anchor The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer weekdays from 5-6:30 PM. Carol Costello will continue to anchor 9-11 AM and Brooke Baldwin will continue to anchor 2-4 PM. Click over for the complete weekday schedule:
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CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker says Fox News chief Roger Ailes dismissal of CNN in a recent interview ” is meant to deflect your attention from the book this week … Read More »
Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans has been named co-anchor of CNN’s early-morning program, Early Start. She will join co-anchor John Berman on the program, which airs weekdays from 5-6 AM ET. Romans will continue in her capacity as the network’s chief business reporter and anchor of CNN’s business programs. “Given the audience’s interest in business news as the day begins, and markets across the globe have been open for hours, Christine will add a great dimension to the program that starts CNN’s programming day,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide. “Plus, Christine’s fantastic rapport with John makes this a dynamic team for America to wake up to.”
In addition, Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul have been named co-anchors of the network’s weekend morning program, New Day Weekend. The program airs from 6-9:30 AM ET on Saturdays and 6–7:30 AM and 8-9 AM ET on Sundays. Blackwell will continue reporting for CNN based in Atlanta and Paul will continue anchoring for HLN during the week. Read More »
Fox News Channel’s New Year’s Eve interview with Duck Dynasty royalty Willie and Kori Robertson might not have contained much actual news – okay, it contained no news, unless you count — Spoiler Alert – Willie revealing he’s hired … Read More »
A tumultuous year for cable news networks wrapped with all of them having experienced some kind of ratings ding compared to ’12 – except HLN, whose currency is court trials, not presidential election cycles. 2013 was the year of the George Zimmerman and Jodi Arias trials – a good year for HLN.
Perennial cable news ratings leader Fox News Channel wound up ‘13 ranked No. 6 in primetime among all ad-supported cablers – behind USA, ESPN, History, TBS and TNT – with an average audience of 1.761 million viewers. (For comparison sake, MSNBC ranked No. 29 with 640,000 viewers, and CNN ranked 32nd with 568,000. HLN brought up the rear, with a primetime average of 395,000 viewers, but that’s a 22% year-to-year improvement.)
FNC made headlines this year when it revamped its primetime slate in October, adding Megyn Kelly at 9 PM, and moving Sean Hannity to 10 and Greta Van Susteren to 7. Since the change, all four of FNC’s primetime shows are up in total viewers and in the demo compared to year to date averages with Kelly’s show up the most: 10% in the news demo and 20% in overall audience.
Jeff Zucker took over the reins at CNN at the start of ’13; the network edged back up to No. 2 in total day, but remained in third place in prime, behind MSNBC, with its smallest ratings in two decades. That said, CNN’s weekday primetime programs saw some growth, including Anderson Cooper’s double-digit improvement, and a Piers Morgan inch-up. Read More »
CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker, who is about to celebrate his first anniversary at the news gathering organization, touted his addition of Anthony Bourdain‘s show and the documentary Blackfish in a holiday memo to staffers, but gave a miss to any discussion of his new morning program, or the return of Crossfire.
“In 2013, CNN was recognized with three News Emmys, and two first-ever prime time Emmys for Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, as well as a Peabody Award for our coverage in Syria,” Zucker wrote. “And heading into 2014, CNN Films is on the short list for an Academy Award in the Documentary category for Blackfish. In our first year of even having a film division!”
He promised to pick up the pace on his program to broaden the definition of news programming in calendar year 2014. “If you thought we did a lot in 2013, wait until you see 2014,” Zucker wrote. “Real change that transforms an organization doesn’t happen overnight. I have talked a lot about broadening the definition of news. You have seen the start of that, especially at CNN, where we have begun to introduce new series, documentaries and films to augment our best-in-class breaking news coverage.”
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CNN chief Jeff Zucker’s Less News/More Shows marching orders got a test run on Don Lemon’s test-show last night, when conservative activist Larry Klayman got into a legal fracas with Lemon and the … Read More »
True to his word, CNN chief Jeff Zucker this morning announced the cable news network is creating another “destination” for acquired documentary films in a new brand called CNN Films Presents. March Of The Penguins, and The Imposter … Read More »
Zoraida Sambolin signed off CNN’s Early Start this morning; she’s returning to Chicago, where she worked before joining CNN in 2011 from the Windy City’s NBC O&O. Sambolin, who battled breast cancer this year, announced this month … Read More »
Former New York Times media correspondent Brian Stelter also clocked 118,00 viewers in the news demo in his debut as permanent host of CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday. Same day, former Reliable Sources host Howart Kurtz logged … Read More »
4th UPDATE, 4:31 PM: NBC, ABC and CBS and cable news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC intend to go early, long and live with the Nelson Mandela memorial tomorrow morning. Broadcasting the NBC Nightly News tonight and Tuesday from Pretoria, Brian Williams will front the network and MSNBC’s coverage of the memorial at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium starting at 1 AM PT. Among the heads of state in attendance, President Obama, who traveled to South Africa today with the First Lady, is scheduled to speak. Former Presidents Carter, Bush II and Clinton will be there too as will former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Obama will fly back to the U.S. later in the day. ABC’s Good Morning America hosts George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts will anchor their network’s special report coverage at the same time from NYC with Terry Moran and Byron Pitts reporting from South Africa. CBS’ Anne-Marie Green will cover the memorial from New York during the network’s Up To The Minute show in the early hours. All the nets plan to stream the memorial on their websites and platforms.
Related: R.I.P. Nelson Mandela
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Among the reasons CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker may be the best thing that’s happened to the news operation in a while is his ability to make noise — Zucker gives great interviews. Most recently, he gave his first one-on-one interview since taking the gig last January, to Capital New York, which reported he “plans massive change at CNN.”
Actually it might be bigger news if he didn’t plan massive change at CNN, but, anyway, Capital said today that, after almost a year of tinkering, Zucker has concluded that a news channel cannot subsist on news alone. Zucker’s in good company here, most major news organizations having come to that conclusion a while ago. Capital warned this new thinking is likely to make “CNN traditionalists cringe.” By CNN traditionalists, Capital NY means “older viewers.” The publication also noted CNN’s “vanilla coverage” was once a point of pride. By “vanilla coverage” it means “straight reporting,” which had been CNN’s trademark. Zucker told Capital he wants news coverage “that is just not being so obvious.” He wants more of “an attitude and a take.” Read More »
Katherine Green, SVP and Managing Editor of HLN, is leaving as new GM Albie Hecht refocuses the network’s primetime and daytime strategy. Green joined HLN in 2011 after three years at CNN International, where … Read More »
To the surprise of no one, CNN has re-upped Anderson Cooper through the next presidential election cycle. Ratings on his 8 PM AC 360 are up 28% in the news demo, though viewers continue … Read More »