Sunday Column

… Although senior executive producer Jim Murphy said he hadn’t put much thought into who will sub for Kate Bolduan, his time’s up. Who did he choose for week one? (Read more.)

… CNNI preempted much of its regular weekday programming Thursday afternoon (including AC360 and CNN Tonight) to cover the Scottish vote. Much of the night was anchored by Hala Gorani, Christiane Amanpour, and Max Foster, all on-scene. (Read more.)

… Despite continued reports of plagiarism, CNN remains foolishly stubborn and has kept Fareed Zakaria on the air.

… Around 9:30pET Friday, Susan Hendricks began anchoring some brief breaking news coverage (with the AC360 branding). They returned to Parts Unknown about ten minutes later. Susan did a quick update at the top of the 10p hour, followed by Death Row Stories.

… Robyn Curnow made her debut sub-anchoring BackStory, in for Isha Sesay, this weekend. (Read more.)

… George Howell (a formerly Chicago-based correspondent) appears to have moved to Atlanta, per his Twitter bio. He has been anchoring on CNNI during the weekend overnight hours as of late.

Nischelle Turner departs CNN

CNN’s entertainment correspondent is leaving the network, The Wrap reports.

CNN Entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner is leaving the cable network to join “Entertainmnet Tonight,” two individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. She will serve as a correspondent for “ET,” and will likely start appearing on the show in time for the November sweeps, the individuals said.


(H/t Dorsey Shaw)

Patricia Wu and Andrew Stevens: the feud

This is a follow-up to the story published in August about Patricia Wu leaving CNN. Within the past thirty-eight hours, I have received a tip from a well-placed source, who I have agreed to keep anonymous, with knowledge on Patricia Wu’s departure from CNN International, and her morning news program CNN Newsroom Live from Hong Kong, which she co-anchored with Andrew Stevens.

The source confidently says that her agent arranged her exit from the show. They go on to say that Patricia wanted out of the show because both she and Andrew hated the sight of each other.

Many others (primarily on CNNFan) have remarked about the obvious awkwardness between the two when they anchored together, so what this source says is very believable.

And for readers of the blog who also get CNN Domestic… This is a very Chris-and-Kate scenario, isn’t it?

Colleen McEdwards opens up

Former CNN International anchor Colleen McEdwards wrote an amazing piece, briefly detailing her work at the network and her personal struggle.

I encourage you give it a read…

It was August, 2011, the night rebels seized control of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s compound and Tripoli fell.

I’d already done a couple of business shows earlier that day and was about to go home when the news broke. I ended up staying on the air through 4am. I didn’t know it then, but I was having my own attack as well.

First, the harsh studio lights. I could barely focus my eyes on the camera in front of me. Fortunately, we do not use teleprompters in breaking news situations. It’s almost all ad-libbed. There was no way I could have read any words on a screen.

Organizing sentences in my brain became increasingly difficult — and it wasn’t just the usual fatigue from a sustained marathon of breaking news at CNN International.

By the end of it, my face felt numb, and I thought this must be what it’s like when someone’s having a stroke.

Out of the studio, the racket of my earpiece out of my head, the lights dimmed, I immediately felt better, made it home and flopped into bed.

When I awoke the next afternoon, it was all “Alice in Wonderland.” The room, the hallway, the doorframes, everything was on a tilt.

I was so dizzy, I had to hold on with both hands to walk down the hall.

This was my first major flare-up of a compromised vestibular system, the complex network of the inner ear, the brain and the eyes we never think about, but is largely responsible for keeping humans upright.

One doctor thought it was Ménière’s disease since I had previously suffered hearing loss in my left ear.

I was terrified. Am I going deaf? No one could answer.

It took a couple of months, but I finally found the right doctor who specialized in vestibular disorders and who nailed it right away.

I also learned I was in good company. According to the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA), an estimated 35 percent of Americans aged 40 or older experience vertigo or persistent dizziness sometime in their lives. That’s about 70 million Americans.

NBA stars Pau Gasol and LeBron James, and the NHL’s Sidney Crosby and Chris Pronger are just a few famous professional athletes and public figures who suffered vestibular problems related to concussion or injury. Some have been career-ending.

Many cases remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

Having a chronic vestibular problem is a bit like having a hurricane inside your head.

While the disorder is often associated with brain injuries, anyone can get hit.

In my case, it was a combination of the hearing loss and the work environment: bright lights, loud noise, intense stress and fatigue which are all typical in the life of a news anchor on a 24-hour, international network.

Florida-based chiropractic neurologist Dr. Ted Carrick, who sees patients from all over the world, including dozens of celebrity athletes, says: “People lose their autonomy with vestibular issues.

“There is nothing better… than when I see a person who can’t walk without their hands on a wall get their life back.”

Carrick points to the prevalence of falls which he says are the greatest cause of accidental death after the age of 21.

“We have tens of millions of patients at risk of falling and don’t even know it.

“You can feel good because the brain compensates, but the compensation isn’t permanent and it isn’t full.

“People are aware of heart attacks and cancer, but they’re walking around in a bigger time bomb.”

Cynthia Ryan, Executive Director of VEDA, adds: “Many of our members tell us that they feel they have an invisible chronic illness.

“Their symptoms and condition are not always acknowledged, leaving them to deal with the devastating consequences on their own.”

That’s where public awareness comes in. VEDA promotes “Balance Awareness Week” to encourage undiagnosed patients to seek help from a vestibular specialist.

Reducing the time it takes to be diagnosed could save lives.

In my case, a quick diagnosis and the right therapy put my life back on track.

Although protecting my hearing, and managing fatigue and stress mean TV anchoring is out, I’m passionate about advocating and mentoring the next generation of journalists at Georgia State University.

Ryan Nobles joins CNN Newsource

It was announced earlier today Ryan Noble has joined CNN Newsource as a national correspondent based in Washington, DC. CNN is further beefing up its cadre of political reporters for its affiliates.

Nobles has been ranked by The Washington Post as one of the “Best State Based Political Reporters” in 2009 and 2013; and on POLITICO’s “50 to Watch” list in 2011.

“Ryan is a relentless political and news journalist,” said Paul Crum, Vice President of affiliate services for CNN. “His experience will complement CNN Newsource and its offerings for its more than 800 affiliates.”

Jay Carney joins CNN

Politico’s Hadas Gold is reporting the former Press Secretary has joined CNN as a political commentator. He will make his debut during CNN’s special primetime coverage of Obama’s address.

More from Politico…

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will join CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Tuesday.

He will start Tuesday night as President Barack Obama makes a primetime statement about ISIL, Sam Feist, CNN’s Washington bureau chief said in a statement.

“Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” Feist said. “We’re fortunate to have Jay on our air tonight to provide analysis and insight surrounding the President’s address to the nation.”

Carney said when he left the White House in May that he’d maintain a public presence in the media. He also signed with the Washington Speakers Bureau.

“I’m thrilled to be joining CNN at a time when there is so much happening in the nation and the world,” Carney said in a statement.