MORE FLOODING ON THE EAST COAST: Susan Candiotti reporting from New Jersey and AC talked with Todd Trazaskos from Vermont.
KEEPING THEM HONEST, FEMA FUNDING FIGHT: Anderson Cooper reporting
Follow Up Discussion: Paul Begala and Alex Castellanos
OBAMA - BOEHNER SHOWDOWN: Paul Begala, Alex Castellanos and Jessica Yellin discuss
REVOLUTION IN LIBYA: Anderson Cooper reporting
Follow Up: Nic Robertson
ARUBA UPDATE: Martin Savidge
Follow Up: Jean Casarez
THE RIDICULIST: Every News Station
360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Isha Sesay
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Posted by The ATA Team at 8:43 AM
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
SOME STATES HIT HARD BY IRENE: Mary Snow reported from New Jersey, Anderson talked by phone to a resident of Pittsfield, NY and Ron Paul talked about the necessity of FEMA
KEEPING THEM HONEST, SYRIA'S DEADLY CRACKDOWN: Anderson Cooper reporting
Discussion with Fouad Ajami
MISSING WOMAN IN ARUBA: Martin Savidge reporting
CRIME & PUNISHMENT: Gabrielle Giffords's assailant Jared Loughner's legal battle
Jeffrey Toobin and Mark Geragos talk with AC
THE RIDICULIST: Naked Guy on the News
360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Isha Sesay
P.J. Bednarski of TVNewscheck.com posted a Q & A with Anderson Cooper yesterday focusing on his talk show and how it will fit into his already busy schedule. Here's a sampling:
You know, if this was 2005, you’d be in Louisiana covering Katrina. I’m wondering, if the syndicated show was debuting at about the same time, could you have stayed there? What would you have done?
A month is a long time in television. And I stayed a month in the New Orleans/Mississippi Gulf Coast during and in the wake of Katrina. I stayed a month in Haiti after the earthquake. I stayed in Israel for a month during the fight against Hezbollah.
But I think we will have enough shows on tape to cover any assignment that I need to do for CNN. It’s important for me to still be able to go out into the field and to still be able to cover breaking stories and important stories. So I think we will work it out.
A lot of these stories are stories that also would be of interest to a daytime audience if we can tell it in the right way and some of the stories have resonance with a daytime audience. We will certainly incorporate them into a daytime show. I think we’ll make it work.
When you say it’s not a news show, it makes me curious. What’s a prototypical Anderson show? Who’s the guest on a prototypical Anderson show?
The commonality they all have is that they will have my personality throughout and my engagement and my interest throughout and the audience will be also an important part of every show.
I don’t think a lot of shows are really using the audience much anymore except to applaud in and out of commercial breaks. I want to be in the audience, I want to be talking to the audience and that also includes the audience at home via Skype and online, but I think there’s not going to be a prototypical show. We want it to be entertaining and informative. Those are the two things that we want our shows to be. Whether the topic is a provocative social issue, whether it’s a big celebrity interview, whether it’s an interesting pop culture phenomenon, we want it to be informative and entertaining.
I think it’s daunting your first show airs on Sept. 12, a day after the 9/11 commemoration. How do you set a tone after a day like that?
I don’t know. I honestly don’t. We have talked about it and we’re still trying to figure out what we’re going to do on that first day.
We have a couple of different options and we’re waiting on some other things. There will be a week run up [of 9/11 stories] beforehand. So it’s a question of, do you continue to do things or is it a start of a new week and do you [change the topic]. I think it’s a decision we will make late in the game, just prior, to see what we think we’re going to do.
I’m amazed how people like you find time to take a breath, with this new show, your duties at CNN and prepping for shows. Do you have something like your own version of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People?
I am always hesitant to kind of talk too much about it because, you know, I go to Afghanistan and spend time with Marines who are out on patrol in Helmand Province and what they go through on any given day makes my quote unquote busy-ness pale in comparison. So based on a real job, I know I am extraordinarily lucky and I am happy to be this busy. But I definitely don’t have any tricks or anything. I have actually tried to stop multitasking because I actually now try to mono-task.
There’s so much information out there — especially in news — and I am constantly consuming information and making decisions about what’s going to be on what program. So now I think it’s very easy to multitask ourselves to the point where we’re no longer focused on where we’re at in any one moment.
So I try now to only do one activity at a time. If I am talking to you on the phone, I am not looking at my Blackberry. Now, I am just eating with friends or family or whatever. Mono-tasking seems the reverse of what I should be trying to do, but otherwise I think I would spin off and become a crazed television person. I want to actually try to still be a real person.
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Posted by The ATA Team at 3:35 PM
The interpretation of the numbers come from CNN so there is some spin but still interesting.
• CNN’s AC 360 at 8 pm topped MSNBC in the key demo (219k vs. 199k) in August. The show also increased an impressive +74% in P25-54 vs. a year ago – 219k vs. 126k; MSNBC decreased -25% (199k vs. 265k) and FNC’s O’Reilly Factor was up +5% (679k vs. 644k). In total viewers, AC 360 was up +47% (662k vs. 451k); MSNBC was down -15% (817k vs. 964k) and FNC increased +7% (2.910m vs. 2.719m) compared to last year.
• At 10 pm, AC 360 topped MSNBC’s The Ed Show/Docs by +21% in the key demo (267k vs. 220k) and in total viewers (750k vs. 731k) in August. CNN had strong ratings gains at 10pm, increasing 55% in the key demo (267k vs. 172k) and 34% in total viewers (750k vs. 560k) vs. a year ago. MSNBC’s The Ed Show/Docs was up only +8% (220k vs. 204k), while FNC remained relatively flat, +1% (457k vs. 452k) compared to a year ago. In total viewers vs. a year ago, AC 360 was up +34% (750k vs. 560k), while MSNBC grew +37% (731k vs. 534k) and FNC increased just +2% (1.821m vs. 1.780m).
To read the entire press release visit our sister blog All Things CNN.
Posted by The ATA Team at 3:34 PM
THE RIDICULIST: Conan O'Brien
Monday, August 29, 2011
AFTER EFFECTS OF HURRICANE IRENE: Anderson Cooper reporting
Follow up with Gary Tuchman, Chad Myers and local reporter Megan Cruz
THE LIBYAN REVOLUTION: Anderson Cooper reporting
Nic Robertson's reported on tracking down the Lockerbie Bomber, al-Megrahi
Follow up with Nic and Arwa Damon
WARREN JEFFS: Gary Tuchman reporting
UPDATE ON ARUBA: Martin Savidge reporting
360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Isha Sesay
Sunday, August 28, 2011
At the end of the hour Anderson interviewed Joseph Bruno, Com of NYC Emergency Management ~
And Anderson was back to anchor the 11AM ET hour from Battery Park ~
Anderson spoke with Candy Crowley on SOTU in the 12NoonET Live hour ~
Since Anderson will be covering Hurricane Irene; we will be posting part two of the Afghanistan 2006 Retro next weekend. We will be posting coverage of Anderson's Hurricane Irene reports,so please check back with ATA throughout the day....
And to get us started, we'll take a look back at the classic 2005: Anderson vs. Hurricane Dennis (or should I say the Ramada Inn sign)?!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Anderson Cooper anchored Friday's AC360 from Battery Park, NYC with all the latest on Hurricane Irene
Chad Myers with the latest update
Brian Todd with a report from Wrightsville Beach, NC
John Zarrella with a report from Atlantic Beach, NC
Report by Ed Rappaport, National Hurricane Center
Report by Ian Sears, Hurricane Huner, NOAA (on phone)
Report by Jim Edds from Hope Town, Bahamas (on phone)
Anderson checked back in with John Zarrella & Chad Myers
Anderson spoke with Bev Perdue, NC Governor (on phone)
David Mattingly in Kill Devil Hills, NC
Anderson checked in with Debbie Chard, WCSC affiliate, in Pawleys Island, SC
Anderson talks about the effects on NYC with Stephen Flynn & Chris Cerino (Structural Engineer, NYC)
Anderson Cooper video report on past hurricanes hitting the NYC area
360 Bulletin: Isha Sesay
One last check with John Zarrella & Chad Myers
Remember to check back later for part 4...
Please check back throughout the day for parts 2, 3 & 4...
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Anderson Cooper was in the anchor chair for all the latest out of Libya and Hurricane Irene, as it approaches the U.S.
Hurricane Irene takes aim at the U.S.: Anderson Cooper & Chad Myers
Tracking Irene: Anderson & Max Mayfield
Fierce Fighting South of Tripoli: Anderson, Nic Robertson & John Burns discuss the latest out of Libya
Inside the Rixos Hotel while journalists were held: Report by Matthew Chance
CNN Producer, Jomana Karadsheh negotiates release of journalists: Anderson's interview with Jomana about her experience
MLK Memorial Dedication postponed: Anderson announces the breaking news (connection with Roland Martin lost)
Hurricane Irene Update: Chad Myers
Possible Impact on NYC: Anderson & Stephen Flynn, Center for National Policy
360 Bulletin: Isha Sesay
Anderson checked in with Chad Myers for one last report, next bulletin to be released at 11:00pmET
And Anderson tweeted this picture today ~
We will post the video when it's available.
A few weeks ago we featured the bios of two CNN reporters who stood out covering Somalia for AC360. With this weeks Libya coverage we have two more reporters that have done an excellent job and we wanted to share a little background information on them.
Sara Sidner is CNN's multiple award winning, New Delhi-based international correspondent and is responsible for the network’s coverage of India and South Asia.
Since taking up this post, Sidner has reported on a wide range of subjects spanning politics, business, terrorism, culture and the social pressures the country faces in its drive to become a world power. Recently, Sidner contributed several reports as part of the ‘Eye on India’ week of special programming including the boom in India’s aviation sector, emergence of smaller towns as growth drivers and an interview with one of India's legendary business leaders. She has contributed several stories to CNN's Freedom Project which is exposing modern day slavery in countries around the world.
She also covered the visit of President Barack Obama to India, the historic Pakistan floods, the Chile and Haiti earthquakes, Sri Lanka’s volatile Presidential elections, a special on victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war and elections in Afghanistan. Sidner also reported on the Mumbai terrorist attacks, as they happened, from outside the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower in Mumbai.
Some of her other stories from the region include in-depth coverage of India’s first moon mission, massive flooding in North East India and across the border in Nepal, and the devastating Myanmar Cyclone.
With more than 15 years of television journalism experience, Sidner has covered many stories of national and international importance including one of the worst natural disasters the world has seen when she traveled to Sri Lanka to cover the aftermath of the Tsunami in 2004 and the 2004 U.S. presidential race in Washington D.C.
Prior to joining CNN, Sidner was a weekend anchor and reporter for KTVU-TV in Oakland, California
Matthew Chance is CNN's senior international correspondent based in Moscow. He has reported extensively on major stories for CNN's global news networks from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Russia and Chechnya, Europe and the Far East.
Chance led CNN’s coverage of the 2008 Georgia Russia war, reporting from the frontlines. With his team, Chance was the only television correspondent to cross from Georgian to Russian territory, filing reports from Tskinvali, the devastated capital of the South Ossetia war zone. When the conflict ended, Chance secured an exclusive interview with the Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin – the network’s first for eight years. Chance also sat down with Russia’s president, Dmitry Medvedev, for a one-on-one interview.
In other assignments, Chance reported from Mumbai, India, where he covered the 2008 militant attacks on the city and the siege of the landmark Taj Majal Hotel.
In 2005, Chance reported from the scene of the London bombings in July and carried out investigative reporting on the terrorists responsible for the catastrophe. He also reported on the Tsunami tragedy from Phuket where he documented heartbreaking stories of tourists from 27 nations caught in the disaster in December 2004.
In Russia, Chance reported on the Beslan school siege in September 2004 when 344 civilians perished in the three-day standoff between Chechen rebels and Russian security forces. He also covered the Moscow theatre hostage crisis in October 2002, in which nearly 800 people were held captive by Chechen rebels. His reports documented how Russian special forces pumped lethal gas into the theatre auditorium to subdue the hostage takers before storming in. He has also travelled repeatedly to Chechnya, where a bitter war continues unabated between separatist rebels and Russian troops.
In the Middle East, Chance reported extensively from Iraq in the aftermath of the 2003 war. He has also spent months documenting the hardships and bloodshed felt by both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from Palestinian suicide attacks against Israelis to the impact of that country's military action in the occupied territories. He was the first journalist to interview the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, after Israeli troops lifted a siege on his Ramallah compound in May 2002. He also covered the Israeli siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in May 2002. In 2005 he covered the disengagement of Israel from Gaza. And in 2007, he returned to the region to report from the frontlines in the war between Israel and the Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah.
As nuclear tensions simmered between India and Pakistan, Chance flew to the central Asian country of Kazakhstan to interview the Pakistani president, General Pervais Musharraf. In the interview, General Musharraf clarified his policy on the use of nuclear weapons.
Chance joined CNN in October 2001 when he reported from Northern Afghanistan. As Kabul fell to the Northern Alliance forces, he was the first CNN correspondent, and one of the first Western reporters, to arrive in the city, entering the Afghan capital on foot. He then reported on the emotional outpouring as the people of Kabul reacted to the departure of the Taliban.
Between 1996 and 2001, Chance was a freelance correspondent based in Sri Lanka, Bangkok and London. Some of the events he covered on behalf of CNN include the violence in East Timor, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and the refugee crisis in Kosovo. He has also reportedly extensively on the troubles in Chechnya, spending almost 18 months in Russia and Chechnya reporting for CNN. Previously he worked in London as a broadcast journalist for the BBC World Service.
Chance is British and attended the University of London where he earned a BA in Archaeology and Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
From SocialiteLife.com Please click on link for full photo set and click on individual photo to enlarge ~
Posted by The ATA Team at 3:00 PM
And from Twitter ~
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Anderson opened AC360 on Tuesday night by reading a statement from a a Libyan government spokesman about the unfolding drama in Tripoli. Also Cooper mentioned a statement released by Gadhafi and played on Libyan government radio. He then reviewed events in Tripoli today.
In the first hour of AC360:
• Several of Sara Sidner's reports from the streets and Gadhafi compound were aired and Anderson spoke live, via satellite, with her from Martyr Square
• Matthew Chance's reports from the Rixos Hotel were also reaired and then he discussed, by phone, the current siuation with the trapped journalists
• Arwa Damon reported live from the Tripoli Airport
• Fadel Al-Amenn (Daily Beast) talked about where Gadhafi might be
• Ret. Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt talked of the military action taken by the rebels and NATO's participation
• Fouad Ajami and Fran Townsend joined Anderson to talk about the transitional committee
• Chad Myers traced the area affected by today's earthquake
• Maram Wafa, a resident of Tripoli, talked by phone about the struggles of her neighbors and her family these past few months
In the second hour of AC360:
• Sara Sidner reporting live, by phone, of the celebratory gunfire by rebels
• Arwa Damon was back to report that there is still intense fighting near the airport
• Fadel Al-Amenn and Mark Kimmitt were back to further discuss the situation
• Charges were dismissed against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Jeffrey Toobin provided legal analysis
• Matthew Chance's report, Maram Wafa's phone call and Chad Myer's earthquake segment were repeated in the second hour
360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Isha Sesay
Do you remember when rumors began flying last year that Anderson wanted to be a talk show host? Larry King was stepping down after a long career as CNN’s premier talk show host, so surely CNN would see the impeccable timing of these two events.
Who better than Cooper to take Larry’s place doing celeb interviews, talk reality television, social issues, etc. and switch over to hard news as needed? Sort of like Larry only better. But it wasn’t meant to be and to add insult to injury we got Piers Morgan….but that’s a discussion for another day.
So we fast forward to the announcement last September that AC was going to do a syndicated talk show with a subsidiary of Time Warner. When I heard it my first thought was how would he handle mega news days? I knew he would breeze through the mundane days but two big stories on the same day when you have two live audiences booked for talk show tapings was bound to happen. And it did.
I don’t think Anderson was wrong to want to branch out, nor am I saying AC360 suffered tonight, but I do think CNN was wrong for not realizing he wanted more. They had the perfect opportunity to satisfy his desire to host a talk show while keeping the newsman he is at heart available for breaking news on days like today. While AC was in front of his syndicated show’s studio audience today talking about families having dinner together his colleagues were being fired on in Tripoli. That just doesn’t seem right to me. ~Phebe