Brian Stelter, The New York Times (May 29, 2012) - Star chef and traveler Anthony Bourdain will be moving from the Travel Channel to CNN once his season ends, in an effort to expand it’s programming format. In a similar style to Bourdains’ No Reservations, CNN announced that the new segment will include travel and lifestyle programming to be featured weekends on the channel. His new show is set to air in 2013 sometime during the early part of the year.
Currently untitled, the program is set to air on Sunday evenings. It will repeat on Saturday evenings, and will have a similar format to No Reservations. As a further indicator, to the show’s similarity, it will be produced by the same company, Zero Point Zero Production.
Bourdain is also to appear on other CNN programs as a contributor; however, it isn’t certain if that will be before or after his show debuts. It seems the media personality is excited on tackling his new endeavor.
“I’m really looking forward to coming over to CNN,” Bourdain said. “I think the world is going to get a whole lot bigger for me. I hope that old fans and new ones will be excited about what’s coming down the road.”
CNN’s worldwide executive vice president and managing editor Mark Whitaker feel Bourdain would be an excellent addition to the network due to his many years of experience with exploring other cultures and presenting them to American audiences. Whitaker sees this as an opportunity to strengthen CNN’s image as a platform of promoting global understanding.
Continuing with the global understanding theme, one of Bourdain’s signature topics is visiting areas of the world that have experienced a share of disasters and wars. These locales give viewers an insight into the populace and their cultures. It is good to see the humanity behind the people he is showcasing for the public. Bourdain isn’t just a chef or a traveler, he is a reporter.
Source: The New York Times