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Posted: 3/29/2006 1:39:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2006 1:44:42 PM EDT by Johnny_Reno]
CNN Correspondent Goes to Al-Jazeera

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
2 hours, 21 minutes ago
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NEW YORK - Lucia Newman, CNN's first and only correspondent based in Havana, has jumped to the new Al-Jazeera International network, which plans to begin operations later this spring.

Newman will be based in Al-Jazeera's bureau in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Journalist Mariana Sanchez, a former news anchor for Panamericana Television, will also work for Al-Jazeera International in a Caracas, Venezuela bureau, the network said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the network is still targeting a launch in late May, spokeswoman Rana Jazayerli said. She labeled as misleading some reports that circulated last week that the network would have trouble meeting that target.

The English-language network will be an offshoot of Al-Jazeera, the influential Arabic network that has come under fire from the Bush administration. Al-Jazeera International will broadcast from offices in Doha, Qatar; London; Washington; and Kuala Lumpur.

This winter, Al-Jazeera International announced that it was hiring Dave Marash, formerly of ABC News' "Nightline," as a Washington-based anchor and reporter.

As yet, no U.S.-based cable or satellite company has said it will carry Al-Jazeera International. With limited space available, it's often difficult for new networks to get substantial carriage commitments — even those without potential political baggage.

Al-Jazeera International has said it expects to be in about 40 million homes worldwide at launch.

Newman did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for an interview on Wednesday.

She's a veteran CNN correspondent, joining the network in 1987. She was based in Panama, Nicaragua, Chile and Mexico before CNN opened its first bureau in Cuba in 1997.

CNN said it intends to keep its Cuba bureau open, but had no announcement on Wednesday about who will take Newman's place.

Chris Cramer, managing director of CNN International, said in an e-mail to his staff that Newman had decided to move on to fresh challenges after two decades of "magnificent service."

The Havana posting has been "a demanding assignment which she has handled with great professionalism and maturity," he said.






Camera operator Ivan Torre, foreground and CNN Havana bureau chief Lucia Newman, prepare a news report, the bureau's first transmission, on March 16, 1997 in Havana, Cuba. CNN was the first U.S. news outlet to open a Havana bureau in 27 years, after having received approval from both the United States and Cuban governments. Newman, CNN's first and only correspondent based in Havana, has jumped to the new Al-Jazeera International network, which plans to begin operations later this spring. Newman will be based in Al Jazeera's bureau in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the network said on Wednesday, March 29, 2006.(CP Photo/Jose Goitia )

Link Posted: 3/29/2006 3:58:23 PM EDT
Ted Turner bump.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:01:48 PM EDT
Traitors, they should be shot!!!
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:03:02 PM EDT
Journalist makes lateral move from Al Jazeera to Al Jazeera.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:06:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Nephilim:
Journalist makes lateral move from Al Jazeera to Al Jazeera.

Pretty much!
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:08:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jpman7:

Originally Posted By Nephilim:
Journalist makes lateral move from Al Jazeera to Al Jazeera.

Pretty much!



Never noticed much difference between Al Jazeera US (CNN) and Al Jazeera Middle East.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:11:50 PM EDT
Now if they would just take Christiane Amanpour we'd have the start of something quite wonderful!

Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:14:01 PM EDT
Is Lucia Newman an American? If so, couldnt she be indicted for going to Cuba without a State Department visa?

Kharn
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:16:42 PM EDT
I thought they were the same anyway.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:18:13 PM EDT
Cover your head, woman, SLAP!!!!!
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:31:22 PM EDT
Isn't Newman a Jewish name? WTF
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:33:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Kharn:
Is Lucia Newman an American? If so, couldnt she be indicted for going to Cuba without a State Department visa?

Kharn



Nope, she's a journalist. Free pass.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:44:29 PM EDT
Lucia has been very pro-Castro, even though Fidel is a lying, murdering, commie thug.

Going from CNN to A-J is a lateral move. She isn't moving up or down in the world.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:50:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By USPcompact:

Originally Posted By Kharn:
Is Lucia Newman an American? If so, couldnt she be indicted for going to Cuba without a State Department visa?

Kharn



Nope, she's a journalist. Free pass.



If she's an American, she still needs permission from the State Department, journalist or not. Now, if she's Cuban to begin with, that's a whole different story.

As for being indicted... no.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:51:38 PM EDT
Nothing surprising here...she's just transferring to a sister network.
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