CNN poaches Rivers for Thailand post

By Caitlin Pike

Former ITN reporter Dan Rivers has been poached by CNN to be the channel’s Bangkok correspondent.

Rivers will be based in Thailand, reporting from the region for both CNN International and CNN in the United States.

As Crime Correspondent for ITV News, Rivers broke the story in August 2005 that a series of police blunders led to the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot and killed at Stockwell Tube station after being mistaken for a terrorist. The report has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award.

Currently based in London, Rivers has extensive international experience having covered the initial phases of the war in Iraq, the Asian Tsunami and the break up of Yugoslavia. Prior to joining ITN he was based in France as a reporter for EuroNews.

“Dan has a formidable track record as a correspondent”, said Tony Maddox, senior vice president CNN International newsgathering. From his forensic coverage of the July 7 bombings in London, his coverage of the Asian Tsunami and his exhaustive reporting of the Hutton Inquiry he shows a depth of talent that CNN is proud to have on board.”

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