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Anthony Bourdain Says Hi To CNN!

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Anthony Bourdain CNNFor the foul-mouthed chef and Television personality, it is time to bid adieu to the “Travel Channel” and say hello to CNN. Breaking away from tradition, the CNN has also allowed an outside production company, with ties to Bourdain, to make a new show with the celebrity chef, which will begin telecast next year. The show will be based on food and travel, both of which are a departure for the news network in terms of content and procedure.


1) CNN’s New Strategy


CNN’s new show with the Chef Bourdain is an attempt on part of the network to make its weekend programming stand out. Explaining the aim behind diversifying into other areas of news, not just politics and war, CNN Executive Vice President and Managing Editor, Mark Whitaker, said, “We have license to love a wide variety of news, not just war and politics, but other things that reflect all aspects of our lives.” Whitaker added, “Examining the world through the prism of Tony’s unique expertise and passions continues CNN’s long-standing commitment to international reporting and to promoting global understanding.” CNN has hired “Zero Point Zero Productions” to make this program and considering the fact that the news network hardly allows outside production houses, it seems CNN is really working hard to change its profile of programs. The fact that the network has faced some of its worst ratings in the past one month could also be a reason behind the rethinking.


2) Anthony’s Show


The new show, yet untitled, will be launched in 2013 and it will be “shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals.”  Apart from the CNN, the show will also be shown on the CNN International channel. Anthony’s programme, which will be aired on Sunday nights with repeats on Saturday nights, will focus on dining traditions across different cultures in the world. Speaking about his excitement for the new show on a new network, Bourdain said, “I am really looking forward to coming over to CNN. I think the world is going to get a whole lot bigger for me. I hope that old fans and new ones will be excited about what’s coming down the road.” Besides this show, Anthony will also give commentary on other CNN programs.


3) Adieu To Travel Channel


So, it is time to say goodbye to the Travel Channel as the 55-year-old chef and TV presenter wraps up his association after working on shows such as “The Layover” and “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” The Travel Channel was gracious in its statement, “We are proud of the great storytelling Tony has brought to the Network. We congratulate him on his new venture and look forward to working with him on new projects in the future.” That is not all. A Travel Channel spokesperson had more praise to shower on Bourdain, who is considered “an iconic figure at Travel Channel” for his Emmy-award winning show “No Reservations.” When Bourdain starts his innings with CNN, his show “No Reservations” will be wrapped up on Travel Channel.


Well, till Anthony starts airing on the CNN and CNN International, you can keep watching him on the Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” and he promises to be as acerbic as he has always been! After all, he has been named as one of the world class chefs so he has a reputation to keep!


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