CNN unveils Asia-focused programming

MUMBAI: CNN International has unveiled a new weekday evening primetime line up, led by a brand new show hosted by Kristie Lu Stout.

Throughout November CNN will also take its monthly i-List series to four dynamic countries across the region, in addition to further coverage on air and online.

Starting 8 November, the new evening line up will be led by a hour-long programme, News Stream, at 6.30 pm (IST) anchored from Hong Kong by Kristie Lu Stout. News Stream uses technology to better relate key stories and forge relationships with viewers through social media. The program also showcases a network of digital correspondents around the world.

Next up in the new primetime at 7.30 pm (IST) is World Business Today, anchored from the three most influential financial hubs with Andrew Stevens in Hong Kong, Charles Hodson in London and Maggie Lake in New York. The programme follows the opening of The New York Stock Exchange and provides an hour of business news and analysis.

International Desk with Isha Sesay at 8.30 pm IST then brings viewers into the heart of the largest newsgathering operation in the world as news stories develop and break.   
  CNN International SVP programming Katherine Green commented, "Asia is playing an increasingly significant role in world affairs and we’re delighted to grow our output from this culturally diverse and vibrant continent. Our new primetime line up is a hugely exciting prospect and News Stream in particular promises to deliver genuinely innovative and pioneering news programming, taking viewers beyond borders and connecting them more than ever to stories from around the world.”

The channel is turning cameras for no less than four weeks of coverage from around Asia, featuring live reporting, special packages and features, interviews, exclusives and more.

The first i-List comes from Malaysia where Zain Verjee will report live from Kuala Lumpur throughout the week on the forces driving one of the region’s fastest-growing economies and most culturally-diverse nations. i-List then travels to South Korea where Anna Coren reports live from Seoul, one of the world’s most technologically-advanced cities. In the third week of November, coinciding with the APEC forum in Sapporo, i-List heads to Tokyo where Kyung Lah will lead a week of programming before Anna Coren in Jakarta rounds off a month of Asia coverage with i-List Indonesia looking in-depth at the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

CNN has also recently launched its “Asia is” initiative by turning the tables on its global audiences to solicit their thoughts and opinions on what Asia means to them. From a personal, cultural and economic perspective, viewers are invited to point their cameras at themselves and describe the world’s most culturally diverse and vibrant continent by simply completing the sentence “Asia is…” in ten seconds using iReport, CNN’s user-generated news community.

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