Expanded ‘On the Story’ Slipping Into Departing ‘Gang’s’ Slot

Jun 23, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The expected departure of CNN’s 16-year-old “Capital Gang” will take place after its Saturday, June 25, edition. Taking “Gang’s” place at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9, will be a broader version of “On the Story,” which features discussion of top news stories live from CNN’s Washington bureau.

Expected to host “Story” as often as her globetrotting schedule allows will be Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s London-based chief international correspondent. To ease the fit with Ms. Amanpour’s assignments, the new “Story” will be taped Friday nights before an audience at The George Washington University in Washington.

In addition to being telecast from 7-8 p.m. (ET) Saturdays, “Story” will repeat in its current time slot at 10 a.m. (ET) Sunday.

The pool of CNN correspondents appearing on “Story” will expand to include men and correspondents posted throughout the world giving firsthand accounts and raw footage of top stories. Questions will be taken via e-mail and from the audience. Lucy Spiegel is senior executive producer of “Story,” and Charley Keyes is the executive producer.

In letting viewers in on the process of reporting, “We’re calling upon a cable news tradition even more venerated than ‘The Capital Gang’: CNN’s unmatched slate of correspondents who live and breathe the news,” said CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein.