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Anderson Cooper 360°

Format News/Talk program
Presented by Anderson Cooper
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 1,171 (as of March 28, 2008)
Executive producer(s) David Doss, Kathleen Friery
Running time 120 minutes
Original channel CNN
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 8, 2003 (2003-09-08) – present
External links
Official website

Anderson Cooper 360° (commonly shortened to either AC-360 or 360) is a two-hour television news show on CNN, the first hour usually broadcast live, hosted by the American journalist Anderson Cooper. The first hour of the show is also broadcast around the world on CNN International.

360° is broadcast from CNN's Time Warner Center studios in New York City. The program covers a number of the stories of the day, usually through live or taped news reports from the network's correspondents. The coverage can also include analysis from experts on the issues, commonly featured in or after the taped reports.



360° launched on September 8, 2003, as a laid-back news/talk program running for one hour at 7 p.m. ET. During Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, CNN executives noticed an impressive ratings boost of NewsNight due to Cooper's on-site reporting and growing popularity. The executives decided to cancel NewsNight and expand 360° to two hours in length starting November 7, 2005.


The first hour of the program is simulcast live on both CNN and CNN International at 10 p.m. ET which makes the show available to people around the world. The second hour is a repeat of the first hour except for breaking news situations or select special interest stories.

Cooper often anchors the program from the site of a major news story, such as his extensive coverage from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

On September 13, 2007, CNN announced that 360° would revert back to the one-hour format, with a replay of either Lou Dobbs Tonight or the upcoming Campbell Brown program taking the 11 p.m. timeslot. Until a final decision is made, the second hour will continue to repeat the first hour's broadcast. [1] However when news warrants, such as October 30, 2008, with the 2008 Presidential election only a few days away, the full two hours would be live.

On September 26, 2007, 360° began broadcasting in high definition on CNN HD.

Frequent analysts and contributors to the show include CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King, Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, Senior Political Analyst David Gergen, Senior Business Correspondent Ali Velshi, Joe Johns, David Mattingly, Randi Kaye, Gary Tuchman, Drew Griffin, and Jeff Toobin. Other contributors include radio talk show host Roland Martin, truTV's Lisa Bloom, terrorism expert Peter Bergen, and addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky.


  • "Strategy session" is where Anderson talks to analysts and correspondents about the top political stories of the day. Regulars on this segment include (but are not limited to) chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, former Presidential adviser David Gergen, radio talk show host Roland Martin, and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
  • "Keeping Them Honest" exposes possible issues of government corruption, failed promises, and other anomalies from various sectors.
  • "Crime and Punishment" shows the background and the latest developments on high-profile crimes and Randi Kaye usually contributes to this segment.
  • "360 Bulletin", provides quick review of other news stories of the day during the 360 Bulletin before the bottom and top of the hour.
  • "The Shot" features light-hearted pictures and video clips usually sent in by viewers.
  • "What Were They Thinking?" features a strange or peculiar story that consists of an awkward idea or event that has made news.
  • "Beat 360" shows a picture to viewers who are invited to provide a humorous caption at; one viewer's caption is read on the air at the end of the hour.
  • "Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless" is a new segment that premiered on the March 23, 2009 broadcast. It showcases the extravagant lives that corrupted top executives of big corporations live in while others are struggling financially.
  • In the early days of the show, there was an end of the year special called AC 365 or AC 366 (during 2004).
  • "Culprits of the Collapse" was a segment that aired at the height of the financial crisis where those responsible for the crisis were identified. Notable figures include Alan Greenspan.

The second hour of the program is usually a rebroadcast of most of the first hour except for the very last segment where Anderson tells viewers what the next programme is (it is edited twice to reflect that Larry King and American Morning comes at the midnight ET/PT and 6.00 ET timeslot respectively). The second hour may go live for at least the first few minutes if breaking news develops. Occasionally an hour-long, pre-taped, in-depth report about an issue of special interest will air during the second hour. During selected special events, the show can be extended to 2 live hours.

Supplements to the TV show

The show's website provides its visitors an overview of the show, what topics the next broadcast will cover, and areas to suggest content for the "Keeping them Honest," "Beat 360" "The Shot" segments. A podcast and videos of previously featured stories are also available at the website.

The website also features a blog which gives viewers an inside look into the stories Anderson Cooper and other CNN correspondents are working on for the show. Visitors can provide feedback to the blog articles, especially the "live blog" which is open during the show. Cooper (or the replacement host when Cooper is away) does "live blogging" where they use the commercial breaks to add entries to the blog during the first hour.


In 2006, 360° was nominated twice for a GLAAD Media Award in the category of "Outstanding TV Journalism - News Segment." The nominated segments were "School Outing" and "Secret Sex Lives." In 2006, the show has won the following News & Documentary Emmy Awards:

  • Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story Long Form for the report Starving in Plain Sight on the famine in Nigeria [2]
  • Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for the report on Charity Hospital[2]

The show also won the following Business & Financial Reporting Emmy Award in 2006:

  • Outstanding Coverage of a Current Business News Story In a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for the report on Black Market Infertility [3]

The show was nominated but did not win in 2007 for the following News & Documentary Emmy Awards: [4]

  • Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story—Long Form for the report on Sago Mines.
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Lighting Direction & Scenic Design for the report High Rise Crash

The show was nominated but did not win in 2007 for the following Business & Financial Reporting Emmy Awards: [5]

  • Outstanding Coverage of a Current Business News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for the report on Keeping Them Honest ‑ Hidden Spending.

The show received two more nominations in 2008 but did not win: [6]

  • Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for the report Unapproved Drugs
  • Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for the report Chicago Police Brutality

In 2010, Anderson Cooper 360° was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine" for the episode "Bullied to Death?" during the 21st GLAAD Media Awards.[7]


External links

Preceded by
Larry King Live
Larry King Live only airs for one hour
CNN Weekday Lineup
10:00PM – 12:00AM
Succeeded by


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