CNN International Is Expanding Connect the World with Becky Anderson to 2 Hours

By A.J. Katz Comment

CNN International is launching two new shows from its London bureau, and expanding its Abu Dhabi-based show Connect the World with Becky Anderson by one hour.

The moves go into effect on Monday.

Connect the World, which is CNNI’s flagship live news program hosted by the managing editor of CNN Abu Dhabi, will now air for two hours: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET / 6-8 p.m. UAE time. The program currently airs from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET / 7 – 8 p.m. UAE time.

Broadcasting live from CNN London weeknights at 5 p.m. ET, The Brief with Bianca Nobilo will also launch Monday, and will provide viewers with a look at the most significant live events and stories of the last 24 hours. The new half-hour show will cover the UK and beyond.

Then at 6 p.m. ET, Your World Today with Isa Soares and Cyril Vanier will break down the day’s most important and talked-about stories around the world, giving context around the news that dominated the day for viewers in EMEA, while informing viewers in Asia about the stories that will help shape theirs.

The new London-based shows follow the launch of CNN Newsroom with Max Foster, which airs on CNNI weekdays at 8 a.m. ET.

We are delighted to be launching these new shows – which will form a key part of our industry-leading European evening and Asia morning programming lineup – and renewing our commitment to the Middle East with the expansion of Connect the World,” CNNI svp of programming and gm Mike McCarthy said in a statement. “International coverage is at the core of what makes CNN unique, and we are committed to delivering first-class reporting to audiences around the world.”

CNNI is also adding two new shows to its weekend slate: CNN Newsroom with Robyn Curnow and CNN Newsroom with Michael Holmes. Both will originate from CNN HQ in Atlanta.