Christiane Amanpour back on CNN

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The new nightly show, Amanpour, will be a 30-minute daily broadcast

AMANPOUR RETURNS. Christiane Amanpour interviews former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in New York, April 3, 2012. Amanpour returns to CNN International to host a new global affairs show on the cable network. Photo courtesy of CNN

MANILA, Philippines – Viewers around the world will once again be able to watch one of the most recognized and respected journalists on television, as Christiane Amanpour returns to CNN.

CNN International officially announced on Friday, April 13, the return of the award-winning journalist to the global news network, where she will host a new daily foreign affairs program starting Monday, April 16 (Tuesday, April 17 in Asia).

The new nightly show, Amanpour, will be a 30-minute daily broadcast which will be shown on CNN International worldwide.

“Viewers in America and around the world recognize that we live in a globally-inter-connected world – from the ‘Arab Spring,’ to the economic challenges faced by Europe and the US, to security challenges everywhere. We are all in this together. And, we will look at all of these events and the people moving these events, from all angles, without fear, nor favor,” the globally-recognized anchor and correspondent said.

“We are delighted to have Christiane back at CNN,” Tony Maddox, CNNI executive vice president and managing director, said.

“Our ambition with this program is to present world leaders as well as fresh voices on the major issues of our times, utilizing Christiane’s experience and passion for international journalism,” Liza McGuirk, the show’s executive producer, said.

Amanpour’s illustrious career started when she first worked as an entry-level assistant at the CNN international assignment desk in 1983. She later became a correspondent at the network’s New York bureau, and then an international correspondent, covering nearly all of the world’s major news events and hotspots since 1990.

The Iranian-born broadcast journalist is also known for her hard-hitting interviews with newsmakers, from celebrities to world leaders, in her more than 3 decades on the job, earning her every major television journalism award in the US and numerous other accolades.

She left CNN in 2010 to join ABC News as host of the Sunday morning political show, This Week with Christiane Amanpour, where she put more emphasis on global affairs outside the Washington beltway in a traditionally politics-heavy hour in US television. She stepped down as anchor of the show and returned to her old network in late 2011, in a special arrangement between the two networks.

She will be working for both news organizations, as global affairs anchor for ABC News and chief international correspondent for CNN International.

This is not the first Amanpour broadcast; the show briefly aired on CNN as a nightly news program for a few months before she announced her transfer to ABC News. The Monday broadcast marks the start of the second iteration of her eponymous program.

“I am thrilled to come home to CNN, where I have reported for so many years – and combine this role with the reporting that I will continue for ABC News,” she said. – Rappler.com

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