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PBS, CNN to launch public affairs series “Amanpour & Company”

American pubcaster PBS and its affiliate member station WNET are teaming with CNN on an hour-long late-night public affairs series with CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Launching in July on ...
May 9, 2018

American pubcaster PBS and its affiliate member station WNET are teaming with CNN on an hour-long late-night public affairs series with CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour.

Launching in July on PBS, Amanpour & Company will feature in-depth conversations with global thought leaders and cultural influencers on issues and trends of the day, from politics to business, tech and the arts, science and sports. The series will feature Amanpour leaning on global and domestic news from London with in-depth contributions from such acclaimed journalists as Walter Isaacson, Michel Martin, Alicia Menendez and Hari Sreenivasan from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The collaboration expands on CNN’s flagship program Amanpour and will continue to air on CNN International weekdays.

“Building on the enthusiastic response to Amanpour on PBS, Amanpour & Company will be a valuable addition to PBS’ nightly public affairs lineup and give viewers a better understanding of our world,” said PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger in a statement.

Amanpour & Company is a collaboration between WLIW for WNET and CNN. Neal Shapiro, Diane Masciale and Stephen Segaller are executives-in-charge for WNET. Major support for the public affairs program is provided by Uniworld River Cruises, a first-time supporter of public television, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, and public television viewers.

Amanpour has earned multiple journalism awards, including 11 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award. She is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of the Press and the Safety of Journalists.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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