Tony Maddox is executive vice president and managing director of CNN International, which reaches more than 348 million households worldwide. Based at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, he is responsible for an international news and information portfolio that includes five CNN services in English; CNN en Español; the joint ventures CNN-News18, CNN Turk, CNN Chile, CNN Philippines and CNN Indonesia, as well as international newsgathering, editorial and programming oversight.
Under Maddox’s leadership, CNN has received numerous prestigious journalism awards including the Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Best Breaking News Coverage for Paris Attacks (2016) and the News Channel of the Year (2013 and 2014) in addition to several Peabody Awards, Emmy Awards, Edward R. Murrow Awards, and ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’ at the 2013 Asian Television Awards.
In 2015 the U.S. State Department honoured Maddox for founding and leading the CNN Freedom Project, which is now the longest-running awareness and investigative campaign on modern slavery on a global news channel, as a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Hero.
Before he was appointed to his current position, Maddox served as senior vice president of international newsgathering for the network. He was previously senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for CNN International, based in London.
Maddox joined CNN International in 1998 as managing editor for the EMEA region.
Before joining CNN, Maddox spent 13 years at the BBC, latterly as head of news and current affairs for the BBC in Northern Ireland where he was responsible for all the local BBC news output; and was the corporation’s key point of reference on editorial matters in Northern Ireland.
He came to Belfast from the BBC in Plymouth where he was the editor of news and current affairs for the South West of England. His BBC career included work as a reporter, news producer and news editor.