CNN celebrates 25 years

CNN is planning a range of initiatives to mark its 25th anniversary
year, starting with the launch of CNN Connects – a live discussion
programme, recorded in front of an international audience.

Connects will be broadcast on 28 January at the World Economic Forum in
Davos, Switzerland with ‘Freedom to Choose’, a one-hour discussion on
the emergence of democracy in the Middle East, hosted by Jim Clancy.

will be initiating debates and discussions throughout our 25th
anniversary year on subjects that have a resonance with our worldwide
audience,” said Rena Golden, senior vice president of CNN International.

first edition of CNN Connects: Freedom to Choose will bring together
some influential names from across the Middle East, including Shimon
Peres, vice-Prime Minister of Israel and chairman of the Labour Party;
Amre Moussa, secretarygeneral, League of Arab States, and Ahmed M. Al
Sheikh, editor- in-chief, Al Jazeera Satellite Channel, Qatar.

Further events will be announced throughout 2005.

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