CNN Newsroom (International TV program)

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CNN Newsroom
CNN International Newsroom Picture.png
GenreNews program
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)CNN Center, Atlanta, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time30 minutes to 5 hours
Original networkCNN International
Original releaseSeptember 21, 2009 – present
Related showsCNN Newsroom

CNN Newsroom (formerly known as World Report, World One and Your World Today) is the main newscast program airing on CNN International, from Atlanta, London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. The show maintains two different roles: a morning show for EMEA and a weekend early breakfast show for the Americas. It airs Mondays to Fridays in two parts, 4am to 8:30am and 9am to 9:30am GMT, alongside various timeslots during weekends. It is also simulcast on CNN/U.S. every Monday from 2am to 4am and on weekends from 4am to 6am Eastern Time. The weekday edition's first hour (or second hour from March to November; named on-air in the Philippines as Newsroom International to avoid confusion with the locally based newscast) is simulcast Mondays to Fridays from 1pm to 2pm PST on CNN Philippines. In Hong Kong, it will be a 30-minute simulcast Mondays to Fridays from 1pm to 1:30pm HKT and Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 12:30pm and 5pm to 5:30pm HKT on ViuTVsix.

Previous incarnations[edit]

CNN International's main newscast brand for much of the 1990s was simply called "World News". In the late 1990s, the network introduced two editions of CNN This Morning. The first edition was broadcast from their studio in Hong Kong, and the second edition was broadcast from their production centre in London. Both editions were intended to be morning programmes for Asia and Europe, respectively.

After a revamp of CNN International in 2001, the programme was split into two and was renamed. The Asian programme was named NewsBiz Today, anchored by Kristie Lu Stout and Stan Grant in Hong Kong, while the European programme was named BizNews, and was anchored by Hala Gorani and Richard Quest in London.

CNN International underwent another revamp in 2004. In March of that year, NewsBiz Today and BizNews were both renamed to CNN Today.

CNN Today (2004–2009)[edit]

At its start, the Asian edition ran for three and a half hours (later reduced to just three hours) and the European edition ran for three hours. In both editions, the show had six segments between breaks every hour. At the top of the hour, both editions cover the top stories of the morning.

The second segment in the Asian edition takes a look at business headlines and introduces the first of 3 weather updates. Its third and fourth segments looks more in-depth at some top stories. The fifth segment continues with some technology and more business headlines, and sports and lighter stories as well as the business traveler's weather advisory are given before the hour ends.

The European edition has its first weather update before the 1st break and continues with major news reports on the 2nd segment. Business stories are reported before the bottom of the hour. At the bottom of the hour, world news headlines are recapped before going to more in-depth coverage of current issues. A 2nd weather report is also presented at this time. Like the Asian edition, sports stories and the business traveler's weather advisory are presented before the top of the hour.

In late 2004, the anchor lineups were changed. Monita Rajpal, who was based at CNN Center in Atlanta, moved to London to present the European edition with Richard Quest, while Hala Gorani subsequently moved to Atlanta. In early 2005, Quest stepped down as anchor to become a special correspondent, and Max Foster was hired to anchor the European edition with Rajpal.

As for the Asian edition, Stan Grant left CNN in 2012 to return to Australia.[1] Hugh Riminton, another Australian, was hired to anchor the Asian edition with Kristie Lu Stout. During the Riminton-Lu Stout era, the programme won the Asian Television Award for Asia-Pacific's Best News Programme.[2]

2008 refresh[edit]

CNN International began another revamp of the channel in late 2008. Starting in September, the Asian edition reverted to a single-anchor format. Kristie Lu Stout presented the first two hours, while Hugh Riminton anchored the last hour of the Asian edition and the first hour of the European edition. Also, the European edition was reduced by another 30 minutes for World Sport. The remaining 30 minutes aired after World Sport, and Max Foster anchored those last 30 minutes solo. As a result, Hong Kong produces four hours of CNN Today, while London produces a cumulative two hours of CNN Today.

The anchoring lineups changed once again. Lu Stout was on maternity leave for most of the end of 2008, and Kaushal Patel relieved for her. Kristie Lu Stout returned in January 2009, and Patel returned to Atlanta and later left the network. Anna Coren was hired from Seven Network in December 2008, and began presenting the third hour of the programme. On a related note, Hugh Riminton left CNN after four years with the channel and returned to Canberra, Australia to become the chief political correspondent for Network Ten.[3] Kristie Lu Stout anchors the Asian evening bulletins, while Coren anchors mostly the Asian morning bulletins.

The newly shortened European edition also changed anchors. Monita Rajpal and Max Foster left the programme in April 2009. Don Riddell, a London-based sport anchor for CNN and Zain Verjee, then CNN State Department correspondent in Washington, became the anchors of the programme. Rajpal now anchors World Report later in the morning, while Foster is a special correspondent and relief anchor for Connect the World, an evening programme and other shows.

The European edition now features a new, lighter format for its first 90 continuous minutes. Sasha Herrimen presents a lighter story a few times throughout the programme and often provides a look at the front pages of London's newspapers. The sport update is now shown on the show, and later the morning (Asia/European Time) World Business Today anchored by Charles Hodson and Andrew Stevens appears.

World Report (2009–2013)[edit]

On September 21, 2009, CNN Today, Your World Today and World News were rebranded as World Report; another television series of the same name was renamed as World View at the same time. Initially, there were multiple editions airing per day, at 0000, 0200, 0500, 0600, 0700, 0800, 0900, 1100, 1200, 1300 and 1700 (all times GMT). However, as CNN International's schedule evolved, these airtimes were reduced to weekend editions, and two separate three-hour morning blocks for Asian and European audiences. Anna Coren and Pauline Chiou anchored the Asian edition during these times.

The Asian morning edition of World Report was rebranded as CNN Newsroom in November 2012, to coincide with the revamp of CNN's Hong Kong studio, and the introduction of a new anchor team of Andrew Stevens and Patricia Wu.

Asian edition anchor Anna Coren received the 2011 Asian Television Award for "Best News Presenter or Anchor" for her work on the series.[4]

CNN Newsroom (2013–present)[edit]

Effective June 17, 2013, World Report and World One were renamed CNN Newsroom. The new show was branded with new graphics, and originally used the previous World Report theme music, although this was changed quickly to the World One music.[citation needed]

CNN Today (2014–present)[edit]

On November 3, 2014,[5] instead of October 20, as first reported,[6] the Asian morning block was rebranded to CNN Today anchored by Michael Holmes and Amara Walker at the network's headquarters in Atlanta.

Current personalities[edit]

Former personalities[edit]


  1. ^ Morgan, Myles (22 February 2016). "Stan Grant: The journey so far". NITV News. SBS Australia. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  2. ^ "'CNN Today' and 'Talk Asia' Take Prestigious Asian Television Awards - Press Releases". Turner Asia. 12 December 2008. Archived from the original on 20 December 2008.
  3. ^ Schulze, Jane (27 April 2009). "Riminton lured back with offer of Canberra role". The Australian.
  4. ^ "CNN's Anna Coren named 'Best News Presenter'". Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  5. ^ "CNN Today with Michael and Amara". Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  6. ^ "CNNI programming changes". 26 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Michael Holmes Joins Newsroom International". CNN Press Room. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2018.