Anderson Cooper 360°
(commonly shortened to either AC-360
) is a two-hour television news show
, the first hour usually broadcast live
by the American journalist Anderson Cooper
. The first hour of the show is also broadcast around the world on CNN International
is broadcast from CNN's Time Warner Center studio
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.
launched on September 8, 2003, as a laid-back news
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 on 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
as well as Port-au-Prince
after the 2010 Haiti......