CNN International chief Tony Maddox talks to B&C about his channel placing first in a survey of European viewers. “We’ve had many strong years before in this survey but we’ve never had a year like this,” Maddox noted in an interview. “Statistically this is the best performance we’ve ever had in terms of the rate of growth.”
The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz reviews a new biography about the late CBS Newsman Walter Cronkite, and finds that there is more to the anchor than many people may know. “But he was far more liberal than the public believed, and he let it show in unacceptable ways. Had Cronkite pulled such stunts today, I would probably be among those calling for him to step down.”
Right now in New York, the Peabody Awards are being handed out, and recipients include CBS News, ABC News, BBC News, Al Jazeera and CNN. CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton sent a memo to staffers today discussing the Peabody wins, as well as the survey that cited CNNI. Read it after the jump.
May 21, 2012
To: CNN Colleagues
From: Jim Walton
Today, CNN and its distinctive global voice are being honored at the annual Peabody Awards ceremony in New York. The three awards our colleagues will accept on CNN’s behalf are for our coverage of the Arab Spring, for Fareed Zakaria GPS and for CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.
Also today, new audience research ranks CNN the number one multi-platform news provider in both Europe and Asia Pacific. Our news brand received a record score in the EMS 2012 survey for its unparalleled monthly reach across television, mobile and online platforms in Europe, while the latest PAX results reflect CNN’s strength as the leading international news channel across all metrics in the Asia Pacific region. The press releases attached have more information on the survey and our unique market position.
The Peabody Awards and the EMS and PAX results are important reminders of the influence and importance of CNN around the world, and of the range and quality of the work that defines our brand. I know you join me in congratulating our award-winning colleagues. I also hope you share in the pride that comes with being part of CNN, today and every day.