CNN International has appointed award-winning journalist and news executive Deborah Rayner from Channel 4.
Rayner who has an exceptional track record in producing dynamic news and current affairs programming and documentaries from around the world, moves to CNN’s London bureau in
October to take on the new role of director of features for CNN International.
In her new role she will be in charge of a department which is expanding CNN's news output, including coverage of special news events and a growing range of lifestyle programmes.
Her appointment comes amid a substantial investment by CNN to broaden its newsgathering and production resources.
Rayner, most recently senior foreign editor of Channel 4 News, will report to Mike McCarthy, CNN International's vice president of coverage and feature programming.
During her 20-year career in broadcast journalism, Rayner has set an international standard for innovative news coverage and independent film making. Over the past 10 years, under her stewardship, Channel Four News has placed excellence in foreign news coverage at the very heart of what it does. Some of the highlights have been award-winning coverage of the Iraq
and Afghanistan wars, the Israel-Hezbollah war, and a run of first live programmes from inside Iran with Jon Snow. Rayner has nurtured a stable of diverse talent, reflecting her unerring commitment to original journalism, and a reputation for agenda-setting reportage.
She also has extensive experience in the field. Together with her proven track record in leading and motivating international teams, she will be at the forefront of laying the foundation for the future growth and development of CNN’s feature programmes.
Mike McCarthy says: “The rapid and sustained expansion of CNN International’s feature programming unit in London has necessitated a strengthening of the management team overseeing
the editorial direction and production process.
“Deborah brings a formidable track record in programming innovation, a wealth of editorial talent and really exciting ideas to this job. One of the keys to our success in the future is
harnessing the incredible reach of CNN International’s resources to create new and engaging multi-platform programming for an increasingly diverse and sophisticated audience.”
Rayner has been instrumental in launching new and innovative news broadcasts and winning numerous awards, including RTS, BAFTA, EMMY, Amnesty and New York Television Festival Awards for domestic and international commissions.
“Given its commitment to quality and integrity in global news, CNN feels a natural next step,” Deborah says. “It's a rare opportunity.”
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