Eli Flournoy was named CNN Worldwide’s first director of International Newsource, officials said Thursday.
Flournoy, a 17-year veteran of CNN’s newsgathering operations in the United States and internationally, is charged with overseeing the expansion of the unit and ensuring that global affiliates receive an increasing amount of CNN original content.
CNN Newsource provides more than 1,000 affiliates around the world with customized programming, breaking news, feature and documentary programming by harnessing CNN’s Worldwide global newsgathering resources with the collective coverage power of CNN Newsource affiliates.
Flournoy’s appointment is another step in the expansion of CNN’s global newsgathering and editorial services, which has the specific task of increasing the amount of editorial and video content CNN creates and owns.
He joins a growing team of new appointments that now numbers almost 50; four new international editorial operations have so far been established. In the coming months, CNN plans to announce even more new hires as well as the opening of additional offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
Formerly a supervising editor on CNN’s International Desk, Flournoy has been central to directing coverage of the world’s biggest stories of the last 15 years, including the Bosnian War, the Kosovo War, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Princess Diana’s death, the war on terrorism, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Southeast Asia tsunami and the Israel/Lebanon conflict.
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