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Charles World News
I still think a lack of leadership has to be a factor in this. Did they ever choose anyone to replace Tony Maddox? He's been gone for more than a year now. CNN feels really adrift as to what it should be and how it fits into the bigger picture of its new parent company.
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nznewser World News
dvboy posted:
CNN in London will have done their risk assessments, there will be all sorts of reasons why they can only do one show a day. They have clearly made a decision to prioritise Amanpour, even if Christiane presents it from home, and it would still need a crew to put it together. There may be issues in keeping the studio Covid-secure, reduced staff due to sickness and/or self-isolation, and I wonder if some of the equipment that would usually get the London studio on air is now in Amanpour's front room instead.


Max Foster was broadcasting from the London studio recently. This point goes back to my point that there needs to be a period of sanitization before someone else can use it. CNNI probably can’t justify the expenditure or want to open up their spanking new bureau until it can 100%.

Amanpour from home works well as it is. Would be great if a few more shows could re-emerge, but unlikely at the moment. London’s extended its lockdown just today. Cyril remains in France, Bianca was forthcoming with her situation.

We just have sit tight.

Advertising is a complex issue yes, but I’m a user of IPTV and have access to quite a few feeds, all very similar these days tbh.


Coming back to this a little later than intended!

I fully understand that the London studio can't be fully staffed due to the current lockdown, and get that relative to BBC etc they have a small foot print there. However, CNN's other main hub for international content is in Atlanta, and while the CNN Newsroom blocks from there have been great, there are still a number of Atlanta-based anchors being underutilised, the likes of Robyn Curnow, Lynda Kinkade and others, and there's been no attempt to run shows like HGT from there. I realise the pandemic is having an impact, but it's been with us for nearly one year now, and could be impacting on life for at least another year, so they have had the time to prepare a show from Atlanta if they had wanted to.

Maybe they will now that the US political news cycle is becoming more minutiae, but who knows.
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bakamann London World News
CNN International's graphics is a but wonky at the moment, they seem to be considering filling that blank space by bringing back the World weather flipper.

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Also, why don't they just leave the CNN International on-screen graphic, even on Domestic shows?
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Newsroom
dvboy posted:
CNN in London will have done their risk assessments, there will be all sorts of reasons why they can only do one show a day. They have clearly made a decision to prioritise Amanpour, even if Christiane presents it from home, and it would still need a crew to put it together. There may be issues in keeping the studio Covid-secure, reduced staff due to sickness and/or self-isolation, and I wonder if some of the equipment that would usually get the London studio on air is now in Amanpour's front room instead.


Max Foster was broadcasting from the London studio recently. This point goes back to my point that there needs to be a period of sanitization before someone else can use it. CNNI probably can’t justify the expenditure or want to open up their spanking new bureau until it can 100%.

Amanpour from home works well as it is. Would be great if a few more shows could re-emerge, but unlikely at the moment. London’s extended its lockdown just today. Cyril remains in France, Bianca was forthcoming with her situation.

We just have sit tight.

Advertising is a complex issue yes, but I’m a user of IPTV and have access to quite a few feeds, all very similar these days tbh.


Coming back to this a little later than intended!

I fully understand that the London studio can't be fully staffed due to the current lockdown, and get that relative to BBC etc they have a small foot print there. However, CNN's other main hub for international content is in Atlanta, and while the CNN Newsroom blocks from there have been great, there are still a number of Atlanta-based anchors being underutilised, the likes of Robyn Curnow, Lynda Kinkade and others, and there's been no attempt to run shows like HGT from there. I realise the pandemic is having an impact, but it's been with us for nearly one year now, and could be impacting on life for at least another year, so they have had the time to prepare a show from Atlanta if they had wanted to.

Maybe they will now that the US political news cycle is becoming more minutiae, but who knows.


There is a brilliant article much earlier on in this thread that discusses the complexities in keeping CNN on air due to the way it is set up. I'll try find it later on, but this one I found in Variety touches on just what a challenge it was for CNN due to the way what sounds like an ageing system was not designed for remote control. CNN appear to have it much harder than the likes of the BBC due to old tech.

https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/coronavirus-tv-lockdown-networks-cnn-cbs-pbs-nbc-1234599864/

And that article I referred to, originally posted by Mouseboy33 in April 2020.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/meet-cnn-staffer-whos-essential-keeping-atlanta-hq-running-1289371
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Josh
CNN International's graphics is a but wonky at the moment, they seem to be considering filling that blank space by bringing back the World weather flipper.

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Also, why don't they just leave the CNN International on-screen graphic, even on Domestic shows?

The image has come up as blank - maybe upload it elsewhere?
It looks like someone's bleached the Minions.
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ginnyfan World News
I still think a lack of leadership has to be a factor in this. Did they ever choose anyone to replace Tony Maddox? He's been gone for more than a year now. CNN feels really adrift as to what it should be and how it fits into the bigger picture of its new parent company.



It does feel like no one is in charge over at CNNI.....
Ghost, LivefromORL and Meridian AM gave kudos
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Dutchview New member World News
Well, that was a messy transition to Inside Politics Shocked
From Connect the World to a few last seconds of Newsroom (Kate Bolduan) to Inside Politics Rolling Eyes
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adhiren London
VOD service Rakuten TV has launched the CNN International news channel on Samsung TV Plus in the UK and Germany.

The launch will see Samsung smart TV users gain access to the 24-hour news network for free as a part of Samsung’s ever-expanding AVOD offer, with channels specifically provided by Rakuten TV including Rakuten Viki and Euronews. Samsung TV Plus also incorporates channels from the likes of Bloomberg and Pluto TV.

https://www.digitaltveurope.com/2021/01/28/cnn-international-launches-on-samsung-tv-plus-with-rakuten-tv/
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Meridian AM Meridian (South) South Today
It's been on Samsung TV Plus in the UK for a couple of weeks now.
It's a good addition for Samsung and good for those who don't have access to Sky, Virgin or Freesat.
I know we discussed it a few pages ago, but it would be so good if CNNI returned to Freeview, so those viewers could watch it too. It's been 10 years since it was taken off Freeview.

Connect the World was back today with Becky and the lead story was the awful Covid situation in Manaus, Brazil. Matt Rivers was live from there. Very upsetting hospital scenes, but it was good reporting of it all. Then they covered the EU vaccine situation well too. It was good to see actual international news take precedence over the usual US politics.
However they are back to the CNN US simulcasting now... Rolling Eyes
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nznewser World News
I still think a lack of leadership has to be a factor in this. Did they ever choose anyone to replace Tony Maddox? He's been gone for more than a year now. CNN feels really adrift as to what it should be and how it fits into the bigger picture of its new parent company.


The new GM is Mike McCarthy...

https://edition.cnn.com/profiles/mike-mccarthy-profile

But I haven't seen or heard anything from him about his plans/vision for CNNI - ie is it just a way of broadcasting it's domestic programming to an international audience with a few sponsored shows for good measure (as it is currently) or is it a global news network reporting on international news events and the "home" of US politics?
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dvboy posted:
CNN in London will have done their risk assessments, there will be all sorts of reasons why they can only do one show a day. They have clearly made a decision to prioritise Amanpour, even if Christiane presents it from home, and it would still need a crew to put it together. There may be issues in keeping the studio Covid-secure, reduced staff due to sickness and/or self-isolation, and I wonder if some of the equipment that would usually get the London studio on air is now in Amanpour's front room instead.


I think we are also forgetting that CNN offices in London are a lot smaller than those of BBC and Sky. In the UK, the amount of people allowed inside an essential business is restricted according to size. Both BBC and Sky have massive newsrooms so it is a lot easier to put restrictions in place to adhere to distancing. I don't know about elsewhere but here, even if you wear a mask, you need to be 2 metres apart. The studios of Sky and BBC are also open spaces (or a box suspended in mid-air!) so it is easier to remain apart. From what I have seen from the CNN studio, it may be big but it is cluttered and judging from the exit doors and BTS tours, there are all sorts of corridors to get there.

We also have to take into account the preferences of the actual anchors and their own personal circumstances. Where do they live? Is it worth taking public transport when the entire population is advised against it?

Just my two cents!
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BFGArmy Channel Channel Islands
I think most of us understand that the CNN set-up in London may be smaller than BBC and Sky and why they aren't doing the full set-up or even to a certain extent presenting from the studio (even though other networks have been able to do so perfectly well - so it does make you wonder quite how brittle CNN's operations is in London or are they significantly more riskaverse).

However, for quite a while several of the London anchors did have a "WFH studio" - we saw Hala and Isa both anchoring from home for a while so it does seem a deliberate choice to not have them anchor some international hours. Several of the usual London anchors could present without going into the studio - indeed Amanpour has done as much.

Or as others have mentioned Studio 7 in Atlanta is still very much operational (as it's used for the Vause/Rosemary Church US overnight hours) presumably as it may have more resources to hand so somebody like Robyn Curnow could cover one of the usual London shows. And there's a Hong Kong newsroom & team too who'd be capable.

This may come across as unfair but it can feel like CNNI thrown in the towel a bit - the international operation seems to have largely shut down with COVID in a way that their rivals haven't and the few remaining CNNI shows being bumped for domestic shows is fairly common even when there's not major news and this was the case even pre COVID.

The general impression you get from the last couple of years is that CNNI almost see the international output as a nuisance that they'd happily do away with that gets in the way of them airing sponsored programmes and domestic output. And that's through no fault of those who work on-screen on CNNI who are largely excellent.

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