Mike McCarthy is senior vice president and general manager of CNN International. In this role he is responsible for the global network’s entire output, including schedule development, editorial production, personnel and programming at CNN’s production centers in Atlanta, London, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi. McCarthy is based at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta and reports to Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director of CNN International.
In addition, McCarthy oversees the day-to-day operations of The CNN Freedom Project, a multi-platform initiative that aims to expose the horrors of modern-day slavery and push for change. Launched in March 2011 under Maddox’s leadership, the multi-award winning Freedom Project has generated more than 400 stories of human trafficking from five continents.
CNNI has recently won a number of prestigious awards including ‘News Channel of the Year’ in 2013 and 2014 at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards, where the network also won the ‘Best News Coverage – International’ for its coverage of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’ for the past two years and the 2014 ‘Cable & Satellite Network of the Year’ at the Asian Television Awards and a 2015 Peabody Award for the network’s coverage of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. CNNI has also picked up Foreign Press Association Media Awards, Emmys, an Overseas Press Club Award and the Golden Nymph for Best 24 Hour News Programme at the 2014 Monte Carlo Television Festival for the network’s coverage of Ukraine.
Previously McCarthy served as vice president of coverage and feature programming for CNNI. He was responsible for the network’s major sponsored content initiatives including major event coverage and program franchises like ‘Eye On’ and ‘Going Green’. He also developed the increasing strand of feature programs produced at CNN’s London, Hong Kong, Atlanta and Abu Dhabi production centers.
From 2002-08, McCarthy served as managing editor for CNNI, overseeing all of CNNI’s day-to-day editorial production with specific oversight of the Atlanta-based programming and planning teams. He was involved in producing CNNI’s coverage of the ongoing war in Iraq, the conflict between Israel and Lebanon in 2006, the South Asia Tsunami, the Beslan School siege and the death of Pope John Paul II, among others.
McCarthy joined CNN’s London bureau as senior producer for business news in May 1999, and then was promoted to senior executive producer for news and business coverage. He was instrumental in creating CNNI’s feature strand as well as relaunching the European morning wheel of programming with integrated news and business coverage, which included Business International.
Prior to joining CNN, he held the post of deputy program editor at the London News Network. He started his career in journalism at the National News Press Agency in London.