June 2, 2000 |
Cable News Network began airing 20 years ago this week as the first all-news television network. In 20 short years, Ted Turner's little experiment has dramatically altered the broadcast news landscape--even achieving recognition internationally that supplants the venerable BBC. You can get a glimpse of CNN's first baby steps preserved online at http://cnn.com/resources/video.almanac/1980/index2.
February 5, 2003 |
Ted Turner, who last week said he'd resign as vice chairman of AOL Time Warner Inc., said he can't afford to buy its Cable News Network division and opposes a merger of the network with Walt Disney Co.'s ABC News. Turner, AOL Time Warner's largest individual shareholder and the founder of CNN, made the comments from his ranch in Montana during a telephone interview that will be included in a report on "60 Minutes II," said a spokesman for the newsmagazine.
April 2, 2008 |
Political coverage boosted CNN in the first quarter of the year, handing the cable news network its first prime-time win over Fox News since late 2001 in the key 25- to 54-year-old advertising demographic. CNN attracted 444,000 of those viewers on average during the last three months, 87% more than the same period last year. Fox News, which continued to draw the biggest audience overall, placed a close second in the key demographic with 430,000, up 10%. MSNBC took third with 325,000, a rise of 66%. CNN's ratings growth has largely followed the contours of the presidential race.
August 13, 2008 |
CNN plans to double its newsgathering presence in the United States, even as threats of an advertising recession have led to job cuts at other news organizations. The pioneer global cable news network said Tuesday that it would double the number of regions from which its newsgathering staffs operate to 20. It will begin operations in Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Houston; Las Vegas; Minneapolis; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Seattle. CNN will hire a few new employees, while reassigning some current employees to new jobs.
December 23, 1989
Re Howard Rosenberg's Dec. 18 column, "CNN, American Airlines: All the News That Fits," in which he criticized a proposed agreement that major air disasters not be reported during in-flight newscasts purchased from Cable News Network: Rosenberg, along with almost every other journalist in America, is paranoid about censorship. If American Airlines does not want to buy a product, it does not have to. If I choose to not attend a showing of "Batman" I don't have to. Neither is censorship.
April 26, 1989 |
Turner Broadcasting System Inc. said today that it is planning to launch a daily commercial-free news program for schools in August, challenging one containing advertising that was recently tested by Whittle Communications LP. Turner Chairman Ted Turner told a news conference that his Cable News Network will begin offering the daily 15-minute program for schools, CNN Newsroom, starting Aug. 14. Whittle is evaluating the results of the test...
February 28, 2008 |
Scoring what may be the last debate between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama in this campaign gave MSNBC a major ratings victory Tuesday. The 90-minute forum, anchored by Brian Williams and Tim Russert, drew 7.78 million viewers, the biggest audience the cable news network has had in its 11-year history. (The audience includes those who watched on nine local Ohio stations that simulcast the debate.) The Democratic face-off in Cleveland was the third highest-rated debate of the season, and made MSNBC the second-most watched network between 9 and 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, beat out only by Fox, which aired "American Idol" and "Back to You" during the first hour of the debate.
December 8, 2001 |
AOL Time Warner Inc.'s Cable News Network said it is canceling three of its shows and cutting about 30 jobs. CNN is canceling the weekday shows "Burden of Proof" and "NewsSite" and the weekend show "Showbiz This Week," spokeswoman Christa Robinson said. The jobs of about 10 on-air staffers and 20 other employees will be eliminated. "Burden of Proof" host Roger Cossack, "NewsSite" host Joie Chen and "Showbiz This Week" host Bill Tush will lose their jobs, CNN spokesman Matthew Furman said.