Date: 18th September 2000

Amanpour Slams CNN, Other Network News Units

Veteran CNN foreign correspondent Christiane Amanpour has scathingly criticized TV news executives in general and CNN editors in particular for allegedly downplaying and sometimes ignoring fateful foreign news reports, even in cases where correspondents have risked their lives to obtain them.

"I am no longer sure that when I go out there and do my job, it'll even see the light of air," she told the Radio and Television News Directors Association convention in Minneapolis Friday. "I have sympathized with too many colleagues assigned like myself, to some of the world's royal bad places," she continued. "They would go through hell to do their pieces, only to frequently find them killed back in New York, because of some fascinating new twist that's been found on I don't know -- killer Twinkies or Fergie getting fatter, or something.

I have always thought it morally unacceptable to kill stories that people have risked their lives to get."
Amanpour also accused television executives of withholding money to allow journalists to produce compelling investigative reports and instead turning to less costly "demeaning, irrelevant, super-hyped sensationalism."

She applauded the recent executive changes at CNN, saying, "I'm sure we will regain our unique niche, stop trying to be all things to all people, and find our way again."

Source: Studio Briefing