CNN expands newsgathering operations

November 19, 2007

CNN announced last week that it would increase its worldwide staff of correspondents by 10 percent as part of a multimillion-dollar investment to produce more original news programming.

CNN Worldwide, a unit of Time Warner, said it would invest almost $10 million to add 15 or 16 correspondents to its staff of 150.

Two months ago, CNN said it would not renew its contract to receive news from the Reuters Group and instead bolster its own news resources. “Owning the content we broadcast, publish and make available to affiliates and other platforms is the backbone of this business,” Tony Maddox, executive vice president of CNN International, said in a statement.

The centerpiece of the investment is the expansion of the CNN bureau in the United Arab Emirates, the Associated Press reported. The network will also hire reporters in Johannesburg and Mexico City, and it said it planned operations in Afghanistan, Belgium, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland and Vietnam.

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