CNN is offering a front row seat to history with a recounting of the biggest television news events from the past 25 years on ‘Defining Moments: Stories That Touched Our Lives.’ From the unforgettable images of the recent South Asian Tsunami to the US coalition forces’ bombing in Baghdad in 1991, CNN has made its own mark in the history books.
“As CNN celebrates 25 years of groundbreaking news coverage and technical innovation, we reminisce its illustrious history. It is a history that is shaped every day as CNN continues to stretch the boundaries of television reporting and expands, not just its services, but the ability to gather the news from the most remote parts of the world,” said Chris Cramer, Managing Director, CNN International.
The special one-hour programme includes moments of courage against oppression and communism embodied by the eyewitness recollections of CNN veteran journalist Jim Clancy as he recalls the revolution of the Eastern Bloc and tales of a wall that once divided the whole world as it came falling down. CNN captured the haunting pictures in the hot spots of Bosnia and Rwanda; bringing crimes against humanity to the light with CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour who recounts the ethnic rivalries in Kosovo as one of the Defining Moments: Stories That Touched Our Lives
As part of its 25th anniversary, CNN will also host the 2005 World Report Conference to be held in Atlanta from May 30 to June 1. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Jim Clancy, Wolf Blitzer, Zain Verjee, Ralitsa Vassileva, Octavia Nasr, Michael Holmes and Anderson Cooper will join other international journalists and world leaders to discuss issues at the forefront of the news media.
Former US President Jimmy Carter, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono are among the international leaders who will join the conference either in person, via satellite or through a taped address.