CNN has appointed three new international correspondents in London, Bangkok and Tokyo as well as a new London-based anchor for CNN International, boosting CNN's investment in its broadcast and newsgathering operations, according to Chris Cramer, managing director of CNN International.
"These new positions reinforce CNN's commitment to hiring and deploying highly energized and talented correspondents and anchors," Cramer said. "Their enthusiasm and agility in their new roles will further enhance our global newsgathering and anchor teams."
Two of the correspondent positions in Europe and Asia will assume the new network role of video correspondent, using new digital filming and editing equipment developed by CNN's award-winning engineering team.
In Europe, Paula Hancocks, recently deployed to cover the ongoing Israelis/Palestinian conflict, has been promoted from producer/reporter to full-time video correspondent. Based out of the network's regional headquarters in London, Hancocks joined CNN six years ago as an intern and has worked her way up through various program production responsibilities in London to her most recent post.
Also taking on the role of video correspondent is Aneesh Raman, who will be based in Bangkok, Thailand. Raman brings with him extensive experience of digital editing and filming as well as strong editorial skills from his current position as a CNN International assignment desk editor based in Atlanta.
Atika Shubert, currently a Tokyo-based correspondent for CNN, has been appointed as the full-time correspondent in Japan. From her current base in Jakarta, Indonesia, Shubert has, during the last four years, reported extensively on the increased terrorist activity in the region.
Additionally, Alphonso Van Marsh has been deployed as a video correspondent based in Turkey. This strategic move to Istanbul serves to fully utilize CNN's resources at the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East, where CNN maintains a joint partnership with the Dogan Media Group to produce CNN Turk.
In addition to three new correspondents, CNN International has hired multilingual TV anchor Andrea Sanke to join the network in London as a news and business anchor. Sanke begins broadcasting in July.
For the past four years Andrea has been presenting Deutsche Welle TV's weekly business magazine Made in Germany, as well as The Journal, a half-hour, live news program.
With experience in both TV and radio news, Sanke began her journalism career in the United States at the University of Missouri-Columbia, working as a reporter and anchor for both local National Public Radio and NBC-TV affiliates. Sanke also lived and worked in Bogota, Colombia, where she worked as a humanities reporter for a national morning TV news program.
CNN, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world's most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to 15 cable and satellite television networks; two private place-based networks; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; eight Web sites, including CNN.com, the first major news and information Web site; and CNN Newsource, the world's most extensively syndicated news service.
Nigel Pritchard (Atlanta)