CNN International announced the addition of four hours a day of live news programming to its weekday schedule on May 23.

The expanded commitment to live news is part of a number of programming changes at the leading international news network designed to further strengthen its offering for audiences around the world.

The changes include a renewed focus on regional prime times, an increased role for the Asia Pacific region in the network’s newsgathering operation, and enhanced business programming as CNN continues to deliver first-class reporting and analysis on the global business day. 

“Live news is, and always will be, our hallmark,” said Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director of CNN International. “We have the best reporters able to get to stories around the world like no other network and we continue to commit more resources to newsgathering, this time in Asia. This new schedule allows our audiences to tap into our global reach and journalistic expertise more than ever before, wherever and whenever they’re watching us.”

The introduction of the additional live news programming comes amid an intense news cycle where CNN has immersed audiences in events from Ukraine to Nigeria, from Malaysia to Seoul, from Geneva to Washington, D.C. 

The changes also follow international recognition of the network’s editorial strength. In February 2014, CNN was named “News Channel of the Year” for the second year running at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards where the network also won the Best News Coverage – International category for its coverage of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In addition, the network is the reigning ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’ (Asian Television Awards 2013) and had a strong showing in the Emmys, FPA Awards, Peabody Awards and the Overseas Press Club Awards. CNN is also the number one international TV news channel according to all major media surveys across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Asia Pacific region and Latin America.

As a result of this expansion, CNN International will be adding positions to its operation globally. At the same time, the greater emphasis on regional newsgathering in Asia Pacific will see some impact on programming staff as posts are relocated across the network’s global production centres.

“These changes represent a significant enhancement of the network with ‘live’ news programming as the schedule’s beating heart,” added Maddox. “We are making these changes from a position of strength as the leading international news network, home to some of the world’s finest journalists. This programming schedule is built firmly on the needs and interests of our viewers, and gives them even more of what they come to us for.”

Key Changes

• CNN re-launches its business programming:

The new line up puts the network’s unique team of expert business personalities at the heart of a series of new landmark shows pinpointing key junctures of the global business day. Viewers will be able to keep up to date with global economic trends as well as major corporate and market news through The Business View with Nina dos Santos, a new US market show presented by Maggie Lake and the daily emerging markets ‘Global Exchange’ segment.