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Becky Anderson begins her summer tour

Anchor Becky Anderson is taking her show, Connect the World, on the road for a month-long tour. Normally based out of Abu Dhabi, she’s going to host her show from Cairo for a week, followed by Amman, then Beirut, and then the final week will be in Istanbul.

The Middle East Events has the details:

CNN’s flagship news and current affairs show, Connect the World with Becky Anderson, is taking to the road this month, for a month long tour.

Beginning in Cairo from 15 to 18 June, the programme will then head to Amman from 22 to 25 June, and Beirut from 28 June to 2 July, before ending in Istanbul from 5 to 9 July.

In each location anchor Becky Anderson will present a range of live programming and feature content, including interviews and analysis of the issues that matter in each location and beyond. Topics will vary for each location, but will encompass breaking news as well as culture, society and politics.

On the final day in each location – always a Thursday – the team will host a special segment called CNN Café. This will see Anderson take the show to the people in a live broadcast on location. Joined by special guests from the city, Anderson will discuss the week’s coverage and look at trending topics. A live audience will then be able to weigh in and ask their own questions to Anderson and her guests.

A range of digital content supporting the programme will be found on the show’s blog page, http://www.cnn.com/connect.

CNN Arabic will be supporting the tour throughout, publishing a range of related content for Arabic-speaking users on CNNArabic.com and via social media. Both CNN.com and CNN Arabic will be interacting with audiences, asking users to send in suggestions and pictures to guide the editorial content on both TV and online.

Anderson said: “There is so much to explore and discuss in each of these locations, and we also want to add a truly interactive element to these special programmes. We’ll be reaching out to audiences via social media as well as involving them at our live locations. This is about democratising the narrative, hearing the voices from the region on the stories resonating here and beyond. It promises to be a fascinating few weeks in some of the world’s most vibrant cities.


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