URI alumna Amanpour set to fill PBS slot following Rose departure on interim basis

‘Amanpour’ to air nationally on PBS tonight

KINGSTON, R.I. — December 12, 2017 — PBS has announced that the nightly global affairs program, “Amanpour, ” a program on CNN International, will air on an interim basis following the departure of Charlie Rose.

PBS recently made the announcement about the highly regarded interview show, headed by Christiane Amanpour, a 1983 graduate of the University of Rhode Island’s journalism program in the Harrington School of Communication and Media. Amanpour will fill the 11 to 11:30 p.m. slot.

A PBS news release said “Amanpour on PBS” aired on THIRTEEN, New York’s PBS station, Dec. 4 and will roll out on PBS stations beginning today, Dec. 11 at 11 p.m. The news release said the program will continue to air on CNN International weekdays at 2 and 5 p.m. Eastern.

PBS is also finalizing plans for a second public affairs program to follow the “Amanpour” segment in the 11:30 p.m. half-hour time slot, rounding out the hour.

“Featuring conversations with global leaders and decision makers on the issues affecting the world today, ‘Amanpour on PBS’ adds to the long tradition of public affairs programming that has been a hallmark of public media for decades,” said PBS President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Kerger.

Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, has earned every major television journalism award, including 11 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award. She has received nine honorary degrees, including one from URI in 1995, has been named a Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and was this year inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She is an honorary citizen of Sarajevo and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of the Press and the Safety of Journalists.

In addition, the URI alumna has endowed The Christiane Amanpour Lecture Series at URI, which brings renowned journalists to campus.