Saturday, October 17, 2015

CNN International snaps up Eleni Giokos as African business correspondent; will report on news and business, work across CNN's Africa programmes.

In a hiring coup, CNN International (DStv 401) has appointed the wanderlust reporter and anchor Eleni Giokos as an African business correspondent based in the news network's Johannesburg bureau.

Eleni Giokos who already did her first on-air interview for CNN Marketplace Africa on Friday joins CNN International after Bloomberg Television downsized this year and quietly shuttered its dedicated Africa business coverage.

Eleni Giokos joined Bloomberg TV Africa from eNCA (DStv 403) exactly two years ago as senior anchor and financial journalist anchoring two programmes for the channel just as she was about to anchor a new business show on eNCA. Before eNCA she anchored on and was a business reporter for CNBC Africa (DStv 410).

Eleni Giokos' addition to CNN International's Africa team bolsters the already formidable, and phenomenal, line-up of on-air talent of the TV news channel.

Eleni Giokos is now part of the CNN International Africa group that includes names like the extremely knowledgeable and experienced Robyn Kriel who also left eNCA earlier this year to join CNN International, David McKenzie who returned to Africa from covering China for CNN International a few month ago, and Soni Methu coming into her own as the presenter of the weekly Inside Africa magazine show.

No longer based in South Africa, but anchoring daily for CNN International is the excellent Robyn Curnow, hailing from South Africa.

According to CNN International, Eleni Giokos, who has an honours degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Witwatersrand, will take on a range of responsibilities for the network.

Besides reporting on news and business stories, Eleni Giokos will work across CNN International's African feature programmes, including Marketplace Africa and African Voices.

"Eleni is an enormously talented and versatile broadcaster," says Mike McCarthy, the senior vice president for programming at CNN International.

"She has interviewed world leaders, covered major breaking news stories, and presented network feature programmes. Her appointment underlines our commitment to African stories and African audiences. We're delighted to have her here at CNN."