/// First Mover: Anthony Bourdain

August 6, 2012  |  Media Week

Specs Age 59 New gig Host, CNN’s as-yet-unnamed forthcoming weekend program Old gig Host, Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations So why leave Travel Channel for CNN? There are a lot of places where me and my team have been wanting to make television for a long time and haven’t been able to. And CNN has the infrastructure and inclination to make those places doable. Where have you had a hard time? Getting to do a show in, for instance, Libya would have been very difficult. We have contacts all over the world, but you’ve got to get there. And CNN can help with that? When we finally got out of Beirut with my crew in 2006, an LCU [Landing Craft Utility, a ship for troop transport] comes in with the Marines and the door drops and the first person we see is [CNN correspondent] Barbara Starr—you know, they’re there. … [Also], I like when the people who live in the places where we shoot are really happy afterward. It drives the news story home, presumably. We’ve done shows in places where I was a little intimidated, and places with which I was unfamiliar. Where specifically? Saudia Arabia.

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First Mover: Anthony Bourdain

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