Yes, the right simulcasts at the right times can add value, as proven by their interesting election day and the aftermath coverage.
But, as CNNI's flagship prime time Europe news and business programme, QMB shouldn't be sacrificed for a US simulcast when there isn't any big breaking US news and nothing being covered that adds value for international viewers.
It would be much better to show QMB as scheduled, especially during such busy days as these in international business and news.
And they don't even announce or explain why QMB isn't on and why they are showing US, which is frustrating when tuning in especially for it!
It really doesn't bother me how much simulcasting there is. I'd rather watch the Domestic output than International as I find it more interesting. I'm not particularly bothered about international stories but the US news interests me a great deal. I was really disappointed a couple of nights ago when I tuned in for The Situation Room only to find it replaced by Amanpour. That was a switch-off moment for me. I know others feel differently, but I'd sooner see CNN US on Sky rather than CNN International.
They are not going to basically sacrifice CNN US for CNN International - they're not the BBC.
It's just being smart with simulcasts - people expect an American flavour to CNN and some simulcasts actually add value, but also key to have CNNi producing their own content at key times.
Indeed I think is the crux of it - most understand the need for and even appreciate having some level of simulcasts and showing the US perspective/US output.
I think the issue is the volume of them and also sometimes random nature of unscheduled simulcasts. Certainly last night without seeing it seems an odd one - even if Quest were still in his maze the likes of Julia Chatterley, Zain Asher or Paula Newton have covered his show smoothly enough in the past.
Without wishing to do fantasy rotas too I do think CNN could save themselves a few issues by moving some of the absent shows to where the New Day/Early Start simulcasts currently are. Means CNNI gets to keep Wolf and the like and the international shows aren’t lost. What’s a show like Early Start doing being aired globally anyway - in most regions it’s airing in it certainly isn’t morning time (if anything the opposite).
I think the live stream was popular in the UK during the election.
Maybe it's to remind people it's still available even now the election is done, if they want to watch while on the move?
Otherwise I have no idea.
"Quest Means Business" has now been removed from the schedule and EPG.
It won't be on today or tomorrow and is being replaced by "CNN Newsroom" (US simulcast).
They will probably remove it from following days' schedules as it gets nearer the time too.
Very frustrating. AGAIN!
It's fascinating as the ticker appears as normal through the web feed so it is only the television feed that you get this special UK viewers message so it brings up even more questions!
Presumably if you're like me and subscribe to Virgin Media you can already view the channel's live feed through Virgin Media's TV GO app on any computer/device anywhere in the UK so unless maybe with Sky you can't and same for Freesat viewers? CNN isn't available on Freeview so not sure if there are any other UK providers that would carry the channel in the first place!
CNN International is on the Sky Go app for watching on phones, tablets and laptops.
It is strange that the UK viewers message covers the CNN US ticker on simulcasts. Remember CNN International programming doesn't have a ticker anyway, only the US channel has one.