Chris Cramer is MD of restructured CNN intl division

LOS ANGELES: News broadcaster CNN is undergoing a massive organisation reshuffle. It has announced that its international newsgathering operation and staff is being integrated with CNN International to form a newly created and expanded directorate They will report directly to former CNN International CEO Chris Cramer. He becomes CNN International's MD.

An official release informs that Cramer will continue to oversee the editorial and programming side of CNN International. He will take on additional responsibility for the worldwide newsgathering operation of 28 bureaus outside of the US.

The new CNN International directorate now includes the five flagship CNN International services in English, CNN en Espanol, CNNj (Japan) and joint ventures such as n-tv, CNN+ and CNN Turk. All this is in addition to the international newsgathering operation.

Cramer said, "When I joined CNN nearly eight years ago, I did so because it was, and remains, the leading international news and information service in the world. I am proud to be taking on this expanded role leading CNN’s team of highly experienced, dedicated and motivated international journalists." Reporting to CNN’s president Jim Walton, the international division will play a key role in the new CNN News Group structure.

In addition to the changes with international services, the domestic US newsgathering function is to be integrated into the US domestic services. The aim is to unite the programme decision-making with the journalism the release informs.

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