Anthony Bourdain, host of Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover, has been signed by CNN and CNNi to launch in early 2013. He joins on as host of a new weekend program, creating a signature showcase for the network’s coverage of food and travel.
The announcement was made by CNN Worldwide EVP and Managing Editor, Mark Whitaker: “For more than a decade, Anthony Bourdain has been a trailblazer in educating Americans about different cuisines and cultures around the world, as well as an outspoken commentator on social trends ranging from the rise of celebrity chefs to the impact of fast food chains to the spread of vegetarianism and veganism,” said Whitaker. “Examining the world through the prism of Tony’s unique expertise and passions continues CNN’s long-standing commitment to international reporting and to promoting global understanding.”
Launching in early 2013, the show will be shot on location and will examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals. Slated to air domestically on Sundays in prime time with repeat airings on Saturday nights, it will mark a further step in broadening and distinguishing CNN’s weekend programming from its traditional weekday news coverage.