University Statement About CNN at GW Joint Venture

January 05, 2007

January 5, 2007

The following statement regarding the conclusion of the joint venture agreement between CNN and GW may be attributed to GW Vice President for Communications Michael Freedman, who negotiated and managed the University's joint venture with CNN

After five years and 779 programs, CNN is concluding its joint venture agreement with GW in February 2007. The move comes as a result of continuing changes in CNN programming.

CNN has provided GW students with one of the most unique media opportunities ever offered on an American college campus and it is a source of great pride that 274 students worked on the productions of Crossfire, On the Story, Reliable Sources, and a number of specials for both CNN and CNN International. In addition, CNN programming served as a component of four academic courses at GW.

This project is the result, first and foremost, of the vision of GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, who was responsible for the construction of the Media and Public Affairs Building, ensured that the 240 seat Jack Morton Auditorium was a key component of the facility, and supported the joint venture every step of the way.

Once in place, the project succeeded because of the tremendous enthusiasm and participation of our GW students, faculty, and staff. Over the past five years we have welcomed more than 123,000 GW community members and visitors from around the world to the studio audience. We thank them and the millions of viewers globally who have tuned in to CNN programming from the GW campus.

We thank everyone at CNN for the time and energy invested in this joint venture. It has been an honor and a pleasure to engage in this unprecedented partnership and we look forward to welcoming CNN back to GW on an occasional basis in the future.

Meantime, GW is engaging in discussions with other networks regarding programming opportunities in the Jack Morton Auditorium. We look forward to continuing to offer unique experiences for students and the broader GW community at this venue.

CNN at GW Partnership By The Numbers:
-- 779 programs produced at GW from September 2001 through October 2006;
-- 123,845 total studio audience;
-- 274 GW students worked on the production teams;
-- 2,293 GW on air mentions;
-- 2,444 groups attended from around the world;
-- More than two billion GW impressions generated through the television broadcasts.

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