Pro-Erdogan firm buys CNN Turk’s parent company: report

CNN Turk, which is jointly-owned by Turner Broadcasting International and Dogan Media Holdings, is about to have a new co-owner, reports Reuters.

Turkey’s Demiroren Holding has agreed to buy the media arm of Dogan Holding, a Demiroren official told Reuters. Demiroren is seen as an unlisted firm backing President Tayyip Erdogan, and has agreed to buy broadcaster CNN Turk, an official said, a deal that could further cement media support for the government.

“The talks are progressing and an agreement has been made on the acquisition,” the official said.

CNN affiliate rebrands itself as CNN News 18

CNN-IBN, which is CNN’s affiliate in India, has rebranded itself as CNN News 18. Earlier, CNN had previously announced that it was discontinuing its relationship with the channel, but in December 2015, changed its mind and renewed their agreement.

Speaking about the rebranding and revamped content, Avinash Kaul, CEO, IBN News Network, said, “The refreshed identity of CNN-News18 aims to bring the value of immersive journalism to its viewers. Inspired by our new tagline – ‘On Your Side’, CNN News18 will strive to make news more objective keeping the viewers at the centre of its content strategy. We will significantly ramp-up our digital presence to ensure that viewers are seamlessly able to interact and engage with our content.”

According to FirstPost, CNN News 18 will air programs from CNN International, such as Amanpour. and Fareed Zakaria GPS.

In addition, News 18 viewers will get a daily dose of political satire from Cyrus Broacha and Kunal Vijaykar. Their popular show The Week That Wasn’t will now air daily at 21:45.

Kaul added, “CNN News18 will not just offer the latest national news, but also an Indian perspective to international developments. Our partnership with CNN will enable us to bring to you the best of CNN reporters, anchors and their best known shows. It will allow us to align our editorial strengths and upgrade workflows through exchange of best practices, technology and training to offer our viewers the best experience of news consumption in India.”

New CNNPH anchor to host first Filipino-language newscast

Pinky Webb, who CNN Philippines announced two weeks ago was joining the network as an anchor, is going to host the first Filipino-language newscast on the channel, reports MediaNewser.

It is expected to air in April, and sources tell MediaNewser Philippines that Webb’s newscast is expected to replace the noon hour of Newsroom anchored by Claire Celdran.

Anchor and svp Jing Magsaysay resigns from CNN Philippines

Jing Magsaysay, who anchored Newsroom on CNN Philippines in addition to serving as the svp for news and current affairs, is departing the network, as he announced to staffers on Tuesday.

“You have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to get the story, put it together and bring to our audience,” he wrote, according to MediaNewser. “Thank you for believing in what I believe in — that news is the soul of the company.”

Magsaysay has been with the network through its various iterations, joining back in 2010 when it was known as Solar News; and he remained as the svp through the transition from Solar News to 9News to CNN Philippines.

Last week, CNN Philippines laid off 70 employees.