The Newsroom

CNN International & Domestic

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bakamann London World News
That's The Situation Room finishing up the weekend specials, apparently they only thought they'd do them for a few weeks but, well, news.

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Not gonna lie, I'm amazed that Wolf is anchoring for two hours, 7 days a week, even longer on special coverages... but I think we need a break on TSR with a sped-up, overly dramatic breaking news open.

I would prefer CNN International get their hours back, though.
Formerly theBlockerPH
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Meridian AM Meridian (South) South Today
I would prefer CNN International get their hours back, though.

Unlikely any time soon, due to the new president, etc.
HE
headliner101 West Country (West) Points West
Don Lemon has said on Instagram that he has a "big announcement" to make on his show tomorrow. No reference to what it is about though.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CKKgE4xHi-h/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link


I remember last week someone saying that after Washington-related announcements, it could be NY's turn pretty soon.

That's The Situation Room finishing up the weekend specials, apparently they only thought they'd do them for a few weeks but, well, news.

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Not gonna lie, I'm amazed that Wolf is anchoring for two hours, 7 days a week, even longer on special coverages... but I think we need a break on TSR with a sped-up, overly dramatic breaking news open.

I would prefer CNN International get their hours back, though.


At least he'll get more time over the weekend to watch his favourite Bills team.
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headliner101 West Country (West) Points West

Jeff Zucker does get a lot of criticism on here but recent months have shown that when big news breaks (particularly on the political side) or big events take place people do flock to CNN which wasn't always the case in years past. Its more brash but still largely journalistically strong style these days seems to help it stand out more in a way it didn't a while back.


If I may say so, one of Zucker's legacy is that he has cheapened what the phrase "Breaking News" means. In the past, the banner is used once every 2-3 days, sometimes for a few minutes only. Now, almost every CNN programme every day includes "Breaking News" in its banner and it is something that has predated the outgoing POTUS.


I wouldn't argue with that at all - it's a bigger surprise these days if a programme doesn't start with 'not breaking' "Breaking News". I didn't actually realise there was a version of TSR titles that ends without the "Breaking News" titles and voiceover.


Even Erin Burnett's Outfront intro doesn't show the title cards we have long recognised anymore. After a quick rundown of the headlines comes a quick breaking news buper.
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Charles World News
Don Lemon lost any credibility a long time ago. I was a fan of his when he presented a very simple but very good newscast from Atlanta on Saturday and Sunday nights a decade ago. Giving him a M-F evening slot has clearly gone to his head.

The only passable hours of news content on CNN Domestic anymore are Early Start, maybe New Day, and whenever Rosemary Church pops up at night on a CNNI simulcast. Everything else is too histrionic for my taste. Shouting, panel segments, and anchor monologues are not news.

Also, that's very sad to hear about the passing of Chris Cramer – it's no coincidence that CNNI saw the first of several declines in its quality after he retired. Now with his successor Tony Maddox also gone from the company, it seems like CNNI doesn't have much of an internal champion for strong international news coverage anymore. Hopefully, CNNI could still have another renaissance much like it did around ~2014 when they brought back a lot more live news, though I won't hold my breath.
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scottishtv Founding member Central Reporting Scotland
I've not had an issue with there being so much domestic coverage of late, but I agree that it seems odd they can't even manage to bring back the short 'News Now' updates (formerly World Headlines) for international viewers. It might get messy opting in/out at the top of the hour, but there seem to be plenty generic filler breaks they could slot into.

Maybe it's just too much effort for an audience that doesn't miss it..?
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Newsroom
Don Lemon lost any credibility a long time ago. I was a fan of his when he presented a very simple but very good newscast from Atlanta on Saturday and Sunday nights a decade ago. Giving him a M-F evening slot has clearly gone to his head.

The only passable hours of news content on CNN Domestic anymore are Early Start, maybe New Day, and whenever Rosemary Church pops up at night on a CNNI simulcast. Everything else is too histrionic for my taste. Shouting, panel segments, and anchor monologues are not news.

Also, that's very sad to hear about the passing of Chris Cramer – it's no coincidence that CNNI saw the first of several declines in its quality after he retired. Now with his successor Tony Maddox also gone from the company, it seems like CNNI doesn't have much of an internal champion for strong international news coverage anymore. Hopefully, CNNI could still have another renaissance much like it did around ~2014 when they brought back a lot more live news, though I won't hold my breath.


I agree with your sentiments about Don Lemon. Totally unwatchable these days. That promotion was the beginning of the end for him as a watchable, engaging anchors. His style these days verges on that of being vulgar. Huw Edwards couldn't have described it better. I was a big fan of Cuomo until the handovers to Lemon became at times close 10 mins of chronic banter. Unfortunately both their shows do well with ratings. I pray whatever announcement he's going to make this evening is not a further promotion.
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bakamann London World News
Don Lemon lost any credibility a long time ago. I was a fan of his when he presented a very simple but very good newscast from Atlanta on Saturday and Sunday nights a decade ago. Giving him a M-F evening slot has clearly gone to his head.

The only passable hours of news content on CNN Domestic anymore are Early Start, maybe New Day, and whenever Rosemary Church pops up at night on a CNNI simulcast. Everything else is too histrionic for my taste. Shouting, panel segments, and anchor monologues are not news.


I guess Don wants to be the so-called "Minority Voice" on TV, especially his timeslot airs after Tucker Carlson on Fox News, I believe. I really wish things will normalize after Biden holds office and we're done dealing with this Covid mess.

Sometimes, I also wish the opinion side of CNN just be moved to HLN.
Formerly theBlockerPH
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glondon London London
I hope Quest doesn't start crying during his 'Profitable Moments'... Smile Shocked


I have noticed how dramatic Becky Anderson is at times these days. Especially at the start of Connect the World, as they now play a very US-style montage of news clips to dramatic music before the first story.
She is still an excellent presenter and interviewer. But Connect the World is another CNNI programme that's become too US centric, defeating the purpose of it being based in the UAE on a global news channel.
QMB and First Move are also mostly US news these days - you'd hardly know that Asia and Europe even have stock exchanges if you relied on CNNI!


I think Becky is very capable and evidently qualified but every time I watch her, I can't help but wonder if she has some form or Tourette Syndrome! The constant fidgeting, rearranging the papers, rubbing her nose and when she asks a question, she constantly says "Mmm, Mmm" while the guest is speaking. Very off putting!
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ginnyfan World News
Look at this. Anderson Cooper presenting a proper news bulletin from CNN Center. It can be done!

JamesWorldNews and Charles gave kudos
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LondonViewer London London
Sometimes, I also wish the opinion side of CNN just be moved to HLN.

Or even news on HLN would be good. HLN is now a true crime channel with a news breakfast show isn’t it?
CNN doesn’t really do news anymore.
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LivefromORL
Don’s big announcement? He wrote a book, titled “This is the Fire: What I say to my Friends about Racism”.

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