CNN HEADS TO UKRAINE FOR THE FIRST I-LIST OF 2011

16.01.11


i-list.CNN brings its monthly i-List series to Ukraine for the week of Monday 17th - Friday 21st January.

CNN’s focus on Ukraine comes as the region’s two primary geopolitical centres of gravity – Russia and the EU – continue to shape the country’s challenges and opportunities. Less than a year after his election, President Yanukovych’s leadership is generally seen to have led to improved relations with Russia, long challenged by disputes over gas prices and energy supplies; while at the same time he continues to pursue an Association Agreement with the EU.

The international network’s weeklong spotlight on Ukraine also heralds the global attention Europe’s second largest country can expect when it co-hosts the UEFA European Football Championships in 2012.

CNN’s i-List series highlights innovation and influence in industry, business, technology, culture and more, from a list of destinations that combines the familiar with the unfamiliar. i-List Ukraine is the ninth in the series, with France, Bahrain, Georgia, Macedonia, Poland, Oman, Nigeria and Turkey, profiled in earlier editions last year. 

i-List Ukraine will feature live daily coverage anchored from various locations around Kyiv by CNN veteran Jim Clancy. Airing within CNN’s daily primetime programme Prism (from Monday to Thursday) and World Report (on Friday) at 18:30 CET each evening, the coverage will be interspersed with a series of reports from CNN’s correspondent Diana Magnay who travelled the country to look at the diverse aspects of lifestyle and commerce.

“i-List Ukraine looks at the role of this strategically significant country, how it does business with its European neighbours, and how it fits into a global picture,” says Mike McCarthy, vice president of coverage and feature programming for CNN International. “Our week of programming promises to bring in-depth insight into an intriguing country. It kicks off the 2011 i-List series where we will continue to showcase nations, people and places having an impact inside and outside of their borders.”

The week’s diverse programming will include profiles of Ukraine’s agricultural industry, the cultural, economic, and social influences shaping the country today, and a look at the country’s investment in its infrastructure ahead of its headline role as co-host of the 2012 UEFA Euro Football Championships.

CNN is asking viewers to submit their pictures and videos about Ukraine to the network’s user-generated content platform iReport at www.ireport.com/ilist.  The best will be used on-air and online as part of the week-long programming.

Transmission times: Monday 17th January until Friday 21st January at 17:30 London UK.

The week wraps with a half-hour special highlights programme which will be broadcast on Saturday 22nd January 21:00, Sunday 23rd January 12:00, 02:00 and Tuesday 25th January 12:30 and 18:30 *

*All times London UK



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