The broadcaster has roped in award-winning journalists and filmmakers
Christiane Amanpour, Thomas L. Friedman and Gerardine Wurzburg among
others for the new initiative. The channel has stated that through
the new initiative it is strengthening its committment to bring
in-depth reporting from all parts of the world to its audience.
One of the special is Blowback: Afghanistan on the Brink.
Hosted by Amanpour the show airs on 1 November at 6:30 pm with a
repeat on 2 November at 4:30 pm. Two years after America vowed to
rid Afghanistan of the Taliban and rebuild a beleaguered nation,
CNNís chief international correspondent Amanpour travels to the
country to find out if those promises have been realised. Amanpour
finds that warlords have taken control of much of the country, while
the there is a resurgence of the Taliban along the Pakistani border.
However, signs of recovery are slowly emerging, some examples
being that women are back at work and girls are allowed to attend
school. Amanpour exposes a nation that is caught between the ancient
feudal system and the hopes for a modern democracy; which is exemplified
in interviews with Afghanistanís appointed leader, Hamid Karzai,
and one of the powerful warlords in the country, Ismael Kahn.
Another special will commemorate the 40th anniversary of President
John F Kennedyís death. President Kennedy Has Been Shot will
be hosted by Academy award winning producer Gerardine Wurzburg and
will air on 15 November at 6:30 pm with a repeat on 16 November
at 4:30 pm.
The special uses rarely heard vintage audiotapes assembled for
the first time. The documentary will take viewers through the famous
four November days. The documentary also includes archival film
footage and photographs as well as current-day interviews with journalists
who covered the story and were eyewitnesses to the event.
There is also stuff for those interested in the environment. Frontline
of Extinction airs on 6 December at 5 pm with a repeat on 7
December at 7 pm. The crisis of mass extinction is only deepening
on planet Earth and the island of Madagascar serves as a laboratory
for the extinction process. It reveals how and why growing numbers
of plant and animal species are quickly becoming extinct.
CNNís global environmental correspondent Gary Strieker travels
across the island, to reveal how habitats are being destroyed by
uncontrolled deforestation that condemns countless species to rapid
extinction. He meets researchers and conservationists who are desperately
working to protect Madagascar's surviving natural wonders. The report
also sees him talking to scientists who explain the facts about
mass extinction and what has to be done to stop it before it's too
late to save the natural processes that sustain all life on earth.