Christiane Amanpour Takes Over-Night On PBS

Loved Charlie Rose for long-form conversations and deep insights.  Have long loved Christiane Amanpour for a worldly perspective and shape mind.

On Monday night, PBS will air the first episode of its replacement for “Charlie Rose,” the nightly interview program that came to a sudden end nearly 10 months ago after its eponymous host was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

Hosted by Christiane Amanpour, the new program, “Amanpour & Company,” will share the conversational spirit of the old one — but nothing else.

The plan calls for three interview-based segments each night, with Ms. Amanpour on camera for two of them and a contributor taking the third. “Amanpour & Company” will also air abroad, on CNN International.

Last week, Ms. Amanpour and her team gathered to tape a segment for the first episode. The brightly lit set dispelled any notion that the show would resemble the one it replaces.

Behind Ms. Amanpour was a graphic of the continental United States punctuated by flickering lights, a display that would be familiar to any CNN viewer. As on her CNN International program, Ms. Amanpour will sometimes conduct interviews via satellite. And the screen will include graphics in the distinctive CNN font.

Christiane Amanpour Coming Week Nights To PBS

There is good news to report in the midst of needless chaos.

PBS obviously needs to replace Charlie Rose‘s long-running interview program after the broadcaster severed ties with the embattled TV journalist last month. Enter award-winning CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour!

That is good news for those who desire more intelligent conversations on television.  The new show will feature interviews with global leaders and decision makers.

Christiane Amanpour To Again Shine With Another Interview

Charlie Rose was (rightfully) the talk of the town with his recent interview IN Syria with President Assad.

But now it is one of the most impressive minds on cable television that will have an interview the world will take note of when it is conducted.

CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will interview newly-elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani while he is in New York to make his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly.  The interview will be Rouhani’s first in the United States.



Christiane Amanpour Honored With Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism

This is grand as I loved “Uncle Walter” and througly enjoy Christiane!

ABC’s Christiane Amanpour is the 2011 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University announced today.

Amanpour will accept the 28th annual award, given by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at a luncheon in Phoenix in November.

“This is an extraordinary honor,” says Amanpour in a press release. “I met the great man and benefited enormously from his wisdom. I also admire his phenomenal career as a war correspondent. His legacy is one that we should all strive to uphold and protect, and I am grateful to the Cronkite School for training future generations of journalists, the kind that would pass muster with Uncle Walter!”

Christiane Amanpour’s Work Week Was Intense

There are many reasons to respect hard-working journalists.  Consider the past couple days for Christiane Amanpour, one of the brightest minds that Sunday morning TV viewers get to have breakfast with.

–BEHIND THE CURTAIN – Christiane’s week: To Jerusalem to interview Clinton on Thursday, back to New York for a late Saturday night interview with Ahmadinejad, then an all-night drive down I-95 to be at the Newseum at 5 a.m. for the broadcast.

Her questions were insightful and they produced illuminating responses, especially with Iranian President Ahmadinejad who could not bring himself to denounce stoning as a means of punishment.

Christiane Amanpour And Her Eyeglasses Make “This Week” Impressive

I like smart women in television news.  That is why I admire Gwen Ifill, and Judy Woodruff.  It is also why I got up extra early this Sunday morning and made coffee (something I am not supposed to drink) in order to watch “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour.  I was mighty pleased with what I saw. With style, professionalism, and insight Christiane Amanpour is about  to make “This Week” must see Sunday morning television.

There is nothing like a truly substantive person in charge of a program with the heft that “This Week” carries.  Before I go further, I need to be up-front with my readers.  While I was a faithful fan of the ABC broadcast when David Brinkley was the host, and also when Sam Donaldson and  Cokie Roberts shared duties, I never watched when George Stephanopoulos anchored the broadcast.  I like the stalwarts of journalism to be in the role of anchor for the Sunday morning talk shows.  I grew up that way, and am not in the mood to change.  So it was a pleasure to grind coffee beans (chocolate raspberry) and await Christiane Amanpour’s air time.

Christiane Amanpour has the credentials to talk about international affairs with the best educated minds in the field.  She can also dice and slice to get to the core of the essential political news.   Having said that I was hoping for more ‘tenth paragraph’ type questions.  In other words, probing into matters that are often buried in the newspapers, but which matter to policy-makers, and those who care about the issues.  Amanpour is well versed  on matters that are complex and inter-related, and I hope that her show will be able to rise to her level, and at the same time bring her audience along.  If that is done the show will have high ratings, and the public will be better informed.

I trust there will be more time alloted for intelligent guests to elongate their responses.  Dropping the  last several minutes of the show where the deaths of the week were noted, late-night  talk show laughs regurgitated, and a picture of the week bounced on the screen could be better used for actual content.

The segues between topics in the roundtable discussion need to be worked on as they were anything but seamless, but this is a first show and my critical view about this matter really not important.  It is just one of the elements I take note of in a geeky type of way, and just hope it improves over time.

What I loved, and I suspect many did not, is the use of  Amanpour’s glasses as more a prop than an enhancement for sight.  She slipped them on and off for more of an effect than for anything else.  While biting on a rim made for a snapshot to be used in upcoming promotional spots for the show, I am sure that there will be those who find the glasses a distraction.  Without demeaning her professionalism in any way, I thought the glasses made an already beautiful woman even more sexy.

Time will tell if the glasses remain a part of the broadcast.  I know I plan to make Christiane Amanpour a part of my Sunday morning routine.  The coffee most likely will not.