International Desk

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International Desk
Presented by Robyn Curnow (2014-present)
Hala Gorani (2009–2014)
Michael Holmes (2011–2014)
Jonathan Mann (Weekend Anchor)
Former:Isha Sesay (2009–2011)
Fionnuala Sweeney(Substitute Anchor)
Location(s) Atlanta
Running time 30-60 minutes
Original channel CNN International
Picture format 480i, 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 9 February 2009 – present
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International Desk (also referred to as the I-Desk) is a news program on CNN International. The fast-paced program delivers a roundup of the events of the day. The show airs twice a day on weekdays, with the 10:00 ET/16:00 CET edition anchored by Robyn Curnow and the 12:00 ET/19:00 CET edition anchored also by Robyn Curnow. I-Desk is broadcast from CNN Center in Atlanta.[1]

The show was launched in 2009 as part of a slate of new programming for primetime in Europe.[2] Gorani was initially the sole anchor when I-Desk premiered on 9 February 2009, with the program airing once a day.[3] Isha Sesay later joined on 20 April 2009 to host the 10:00 ET edition, with Gorani hosting a second block two hours later. Sesay swapped roles with Holmes in September 2011, taking over as presenter of BackStory, while Holmes took over at I-Desk.[4]

The Weekend edition is anchored by Jonathan Mann and Ralitsa Vassileva.


  1. ^ "Hala Gorani: The World Is Not Enough". Enigma Magazine. 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  2. ^ "CNN International Launches Revamped European Primetime Schedule". News on News. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  3. ^ "CNN International : Six nouvelles émissions à la rentrée 2009 !". Premiere (in French). 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  4. ^ "Michael Holmes to Leave CNN's Backstory". News on News. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 

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