CNN broadens int'l newsgathering


CNN Worldwide is ramping up its international efforts, opening what it calls a newsgathering hub in the United Arab Emirates and building its own newswire. CNN said it is the largest international expansion in the company's history.

The UAE expansion will be for newsgathering and production in the Middle East, including building its business coverage. It also will add staff to its newswire.

CNN dropped Reuters this year.

A digital production unit is being formed in London, Hong Kong and Atlanta that will serve CNN International, and CNN Mobile.

Also being upgraded are CNN's efforts in Afghanistan, Belgium, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria and Vietnam, among other nations. Correspondents are being added to London, Istanbul and Johannesburg, South Africa as well as in Beijing, Jakarta and Pakistan.