Even before there were rumours that CNN could be making a localized version for us but now it seems like this is reality, though not quite exactly.
This new news channel will start in early 2014, broadcasting from Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb. It's not owned by Turner but they made a deal with them about cooperation. CNN will use them as their Balkan affiliate and give them some of it's programs to translate and air. Also CNN will give them technical advises and will train their personel in Atlanta.
The president of this new channel is Brent Sadler.
I have only one fear - that this channel will replace the real CNN in my cable. The same way we don't get real AJE but their Balkans version. I sure hope it's not the case and I guess it's hard to imagine cause there's no cable without CNN anywhere in the world.
CNN to provide news for N1 in Adria region
Turner Broadcasting has signed a broadcast affiliate agreement with N1, a new channel for the Adria region.
Under the agreement, N1 will be the exclusive news channel affiliate of CNN in the region, joining CNN’s extensive global network of affiliate channels.
The deal gives N1 exclusive access to video and newsgathering resources from CNN International including live breaking news, news stories and programming, for transmission in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
N1 also will also have the option of translating selected CNN programming and news into localised languages for the first time in the region.
N1 will give CNN access to its own reporting from the Adria region, which will be gathered by teams based in its Belgrade headquarters and in regional hubs including Sarajevo and Zagreb.
Under the terms of the agreement, CNN will also provide consultancy, training and operational support, across all aspects of news production, for the channel’s launch phase and beyond, marking an additional dimension to the affiliate agreement.
This is the second major affiliate agreement CNN has struck in central and eastern Europe this year following its networks deal with News7 Bulgaria, which launched in March.
“We’re delighted to be able to report this continued momentum in our affiliate business as we continue to grow in this space. It enables us to deliver on our goal of supporting local news operations with training and consultancy expertise and we’re delighted that N1 is joining the CNN fold. We look forward to working with the N1 team,” said Rani Raad, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer, CNN International.