Two new late-night public affairs programs are in the works, with the announcement today that “Amanpour on PBS,” from PBS and WNET and starring CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, will roll out nationally on PBS stations starting Dec. 11, following its debut tonight, Dec. 4, on New York’s PBS station THIRTEEN.
The program is slotted at 11 p.m. — check local listings.
Also announced was a second public affairs program that will lead out from “Amanpour” in the 11:30 slot, with plans still being finalized and a separate announcement to come.
Described as a nightly global affairs interview program, “Amanpour on PBS” will continue to air on CNN International weekdays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET.
“Featuring conversations with global leaders and decision makers on the issues affecting the world today, ‘Amanpour on PBS’ adds to the long tradition of public affairs programming that has been a hallmark of public media for decades,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger.
Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET, added: “Christiane Amanpour is a fearless and uncompromising journalist. We are pleased to welcome her to the PBS system and are gratified to offer this thorough and responsible news program to viewers nationwide.”
The announcement notes: “CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour has earned every major television journalism award, including eleven News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award. She has received nine honorary degrees, has been named a CBE and was this year inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She is an honorary citizen of Sarajevo and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of the Press and the Safety of Journalists.”