CNN adds two reporters to beef up coverage of Mueller’s investigation

CNN president Jeff Zucker announced the addition of two new reporters to continue its reporting on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion with the Trump campaign and Russia, reports TVNewser.

Mark Morales joins CNN from Newsday, where he covered crime on Long Island, specifically the MS-13 gang and the growing opioid epidemic. He begins working with CNN as of today.

Also, Erica Orden joins CNN as a reporter covering the Special Counsel investigation and law enforcement. Most recently, Orden covered the investigation for The Wall Street Journal, where she has been a reporter since 2010. She previously covered white-collar crime for WSJ, focusing on the U.S. attorney’s offices for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, reporting mainly on securities fraud and public corruption cases.

Orden begins July 9, according to the report.

CNN trolls Trump administration with apples: “You have — a case”

Continuing with its apple facts first ad campaign, CNN rolled out another video that is targeting the Trump admninistration — and this one is a bit more direct than the previous.

While the first hit said, “This is an apple. Some people might tell you it’s a banana. They may scream banana, banana, banana over and over and over again. They may put BANANA in all caps. You might even start to believe that this is a banana. But it’s not.

“This… is an apple. Facts First.”

This one, however, referencing the Mueller investigation, was far more direct:

“This is an apple. And this is an apple. And this is an apple. And this is an apple. And when you put them all together, you’ve got — a case.”

“The whole campaign is simple,” the ad agency’s chief creative officer, Scott Vitrone, said to AdAge. “This is another simple premise: When facts stack up, you’ve got, potentially, a case. You have more of an argument.”

“It’s been incredibly exciting,” he says. “Normally inside ad agencies, things don’t move at lightning speed. That’s been fun about working with CNN—it’s very real-time. We do feel like we’re involved in cultural moments as they happen, and conversations as they happen.”

CNN expands Moscow bureau due to many Russia-related stories

CNN is bolstering its Moscow bureau as a result of the nonstop Russia-related news, the network said in a press release.

CNN senior international correspondent Fred Pleitgen is relocating from London to Moscow, where he will be joined by senior international correspondent Matthew Chance, who was already based in the bureau.

The network announced the hiring of Nathan Hodge, who is joining the network from The Wall Street Journal to take on the role of Moscow bureau chief.

Hodge was The Wall Street Journal’s Moscow bureau chief from 2015 to date, leading the WSJ’s coverage of the Ukraine crisis, Russia’s intervention in Syria, and the ongoing confrontation between Washington and Moscow.

Deborah Rayner, SVP of International Newsgathering, TV & Digital, for CNN said: “It’s hard to overstate the importance of Russia internationally, whether that pertains to its own upcoming elections, its alleged role in the recent US elections, or issues relating to Ukraine, Europe, China, Iran, and Syria. Vladimir Putin is a uniquely compelling figure, and his agenda at home and abroad is fascinating for audiences worldwide. No one is better placed to tell those stories than Matthew and Fred, and we could not wish for a better person to head up our Moscow operation than Nathan.”

Hodge added: “The fact that CNN is doubling down on its commitment to Russia was a big factor in me taking on this role. I know Fred personally from working alongside him in Syria, and I have followed Matthew’s career for a long time; both are exceptional journalists, and the whole team at the Moscow bureau is formidable. This is a crucial year for Russia, and the passion I have seen for the story at CNN makes me very excited about what’s ahead.”

Russia may force CNN to register as a foreign agent (report)

In a brief manner, Reuters reported today that the Russian government may force CNN and other news outlets (such as Radio Free Europe and Deutsche Welle) to register as a foreign agents.

The report explains that under Russia’s new foreign agents media law, outlets could be declared “foreign agents” and obliged to regularly declare full details of their funding, finances and staffing.

CNN returned to Russia on Wednesday

As mentioned here, CNN has obtained a ten year license to broadcast in Russia. And after four months of CNN not airing in Russia, today, a Turner Broadcasting spokesman confirmed that CNN resumed distribution in Russia.

Vladimir Kozlov of THR reports:

On Wednesday April 29, CNN International returned to Russia after a four-month break and is now available to subscribers of the major satellite operator Trikolor TV.

Trikolor, which previously didn’t offer CNN International to its users, announced the addition of the network to its offerings on its web site, stressing that Trikolor viewers are getting access to the network just weeks before CNN is to celebrate its 35th anniversary on the air.

The Russian news agency TASS quoted a spokesperson for Turner Broadcasting as confirming that CNN International resumed distribution in Russia and is available on Trikolor without commercials to comply with the Russian legislation.

CNN obtains 10-year license in Russia

CNN will begin to broadcast in Russia again. CNN disappeared from the channel listing on December 31, 2014. Late January 2015, it was reported that CNN and the Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor had a meeting to strike an agreement.

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

CNN International has obtained a 10-year broadcasting license in Russia and can now resume distribution in the country, which the broadcaster terminated as of Jan. 1, 2015.

“In accordance with the Russian Federation Law on Mass Media, the company is authorized to broadcast CNN International pursuant to the broadcasting license recently issued under this law,” a Turner Broadcasting spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

“We have complied with all the procedural requirements and are delighted to now be officially licensed in Russia,” she went on to say. “We look forward to resuming distribution for CNN International in Russia as soon as possible.”

CNN to return to Russia airwaves?

CNN is working to get back on the airwaves in Russia. On December 31st, they ceased broadcasting in Russia due to new media laws.

Sputnik News reports:

The Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor will meet with representatives from CNN International that stopped broadcasting in Russia at the end of last year, on Tuesday.

“The meeting is scheduled for January 27. Its contents are not being revealed by mutual agreement between the two sides,” the Roskomnadzor press service informed RIA Novosti Monday.

Earlier in the day, a representative from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a division of Time Warner Company, which owns CNN, told Sputnik that CNN hopes to resume its broadcasting in Russia as soon as possible.

CNN stopped cable broadcasting in Russia on December 31, 2014, due to the recent changes in Russian media legislation. The Turner Broadcasting then stated that they hoped to return to the Russian market as soon as the distribution options are assessed.

Founded in 1980, CNN opened its Russian division in 1983. Currently, CNN news reaches over 200 million households across 212 countries and territories.

(H/t Johnny Dollar)