Anderson Cooper 360°

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Genre News program
Presented by Anderson Cooper
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 1,521 (as of June 2, 2016)
Executive producer(s) Charles Moore
Location(s) Time Warner Center
New York City
CNN Studios Washington, D.C.
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 120 minutes
Original network CNN
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release September 8, 2003 (2003-09-08) – present
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Anderson Cooper 360° (commonly shortened to either AC-360 or 360) is an American television news show hosted by the American journalist Anderson Cooper on CNN and broadcast around the world by CNN International.

360° is mainly broadcast live from CNN's Time Warner Center studios in New York City, but is sometimes broadcast from CNN's studios in Washington, D.C. or on location from the site of a breaking news event, airing Monday through Friday evenings.


360° was launched on September 8, 2003, as a laid-back news/talk program running for one hour at 7:00 pm 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 on November 7, 2005. In August 2011, the show was moved up to 8:00 pm ET while maintaining a replay of the show at its original 10:00 pm ET time slot.

In June 2013, however, CNN decided to stop airing regular repeats of the show, with the 10:00 pm ET time slot featuring its spin-off show, AC360° Later, which featured panel discussions on recent events led by Cooper. After being faced with irregular and inconsistent scheduling (sometimes being replaced by CNN documentaries or re-runs of AC360° from earlier in the day), it was finally discontinued in February 2014.[1]


The show is simulcast live on both CNN and CNN International.

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 and the BP oil spill, as well as Port-au-Prince after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and also from the storm zone in Tacloban, Leyte, during the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

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 Dana Bash, Senior Political Analyst David Gergen, Senior Washington Correspondent Joe Johns, David Mattingly, Investigative Reporters Randi Kaye and Gary Tuchman, Special Investigations reporter Drew Griffin, and Legal Analyst Jeff Toobin. Other contributors include radio talk show host Roland Martin, truTV's legal analyst Lisa Bloom, terrorism expert Peter Bergen, Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson, and addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky. King, The Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer, Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper and Early Start & At This Hour co-anchor John Berman frequently serve as the fill-in presenters when Cooper is not available.

The show was first aired on CNN Philippines during its Paris attacks coverage of their mother network on November 14, 2015 (8:00 AM local time), via a hook-up from the CNN/U.S. feed, and started to air during its Breaking News via a hook-up from CNN International starting 2016. Eventually, AC 360° added to its local programming on August 22, 2016 as a dry-run, but was reduced in 30 minutes, giving way for Cebuano News. A week after, it was removed in the network's local programming lineup, due to a reason that CNN refuses to air AC 360° on CNN Philippines.


  • "360 Bulletin" appears at the bottom and top of the hour and is presented by Amara Walker, who provides a quick review of other news stories of the day.
  • "Crime and Punishment" presents the background and latest developments of high-profile crimes.
  • "Equal Justice" features a legal panel consisting of Mark Geragos and Sonny Hostin, and occasionally CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Attorney Danny Cevalos.
  • "Keeping Them Honest" exposes possible issues of government corruption, failed promises, and other anomalies from various sectors.
  • "Ridiculist" presents more lighthearted and humorous stories and often airs near the end of the program. (Cooper has dissolved into extended fits of giggles at least twice during this segment: on August 17, 2011, when joking about Gérard Depardieu urinating in a plane, and on April 10, 2012, during a spot about Dyngus Day.)
  • "Big 360 Interview" presents an interview, almost always conducted by Cooper. It is typically a 360 exclusive, and often is pre-recorded or a sit down.
  • "360 Follow" is when Cooper and his team go back to a story they cover extensively in the past. Often, an update on a "Keeping them Honest" piece

Supplements to the TV show[edit]

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" and "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 won 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]

In 2011, AC360 won two Emmys for their coverage of the earthquake in Haiti:[8]

  • Outstanding coverage of a breaking news story in a regularly scheduled newscast, Haiti in ruins
  • Outstanding live coverage of a current news story – long form, crisis in Haiti


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