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CNN (Cable News Network) is a cable television network that was founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. It is currently owned by Time Warner. CNN is widely credited for introducing the concept of 24-hour news coverage. It is available in 86 million U.S. households and more than 890,000 U.S. hotel rooms, and it broadcasts primarily from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and studios in New York, New York. Globally, CNN boasts that its combined branded networks and services are available to more than one billion people in over 212 countries and territories.



Since CNN's launch on June 1, 1980, the network has expanded its reach to 15 cable and satellite television networks (such as CNN Headline News and CNNfn), 12 web sites, two private place-based networks (such as CNN Airport Network), and two radio networks. The network has 42 bureaus around the world and more than 900 affiliates worldwide. CNN has launched many regional and foreign-language networks around the world. CNN debuted its news website (then referred to as CNN Interactive) on August 30, 1995, which it describes as the first major news and information website on the Internet.

CNN's global reputation was greatly enhanced in 1991 during the Gulf War, where its saturation coverage was carried around the world. It obtained much of that coverage through close cooperation with the U.S. government, which led to accusations that it did not attempt to investigate the claims of the U.S. government during the war.

The tv movie Live from Baghdad is based on the network's coverage of the Gulf War.

CNN International now provides regional editions of its news service, in response to foreign demand for less U.S.-centric news coverage, and also rival services such as BBC World and Sky News. It uses local reporters in many of its news-gathering centers, though they cover stories from an international (some would still say U.S.) perspective.

Within the United States, CNN has been criticized for an alleged liberal or Democratic bias, and has lost market share to the Fox News Channel. In terms of viewership, CNN is currently in second-place behind the Fox News Channel and ahead of MSNBC.

On September 11, 2001, CNN was the first network to break news of the terrorist attacks on the United States.

In mid-December 2004, CNN shut down the operations of its financial channel, CNNfn, after nine years of failing to compete with the CNBC channel. A similar thing with CNN had already happened in 2002, When the network shut down its sports division channel, CNNSI (a joint venture with Sports Illustrated), after its struggles against the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN).

CNN personalities (present)

CNN personalities (past)

CNN shows

  • Crossfire--A political debate program that airs at 4:30pm ET. Hosted by Paul Begala and James Carville "from the left" and Tucker Carlson and Robert Novak "from the right".
  • Larry King Live--A nightly talk program that airs daily at 9pm ET.
  • American Morning--The network's morning news program, airing from 7-10am ET. Hosted by Bill Hemmer and former NBC News anchor Soledad O'Brien. Veteran anchor Jack Cafferty provides commentary on the day's top stories.
  • Wolf Blitzer Reports --A daily look at the day's stories airing live from Washington at 5pm ET.
  • Lou Dobbs Tonight--A nightly news and discussion program that airing live at 6pm ET weeknights; evolved from Moneyline, a nightly business newscast.
  • Paula Zahn Now --A look at the current issues affecting the world, with former FOX News anchorwoman Paula Zahn. Airing at 8pm ET weeknights.
  • Anderson Cooper 360°--A fast-paced, nightly news program with former ABC News reporter Anderson Cooper that airs at 7pm ET weeknights.
  • NewsNight--Former ABC News anchor Aaron Brown hosts the network's signature nightly news program. Airs at 10pm ET weeknights.
  • Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics --A politial program hosted by veteran anchor and CNN senior corespondent Judy Woodruff. Airs from 3:30-4:30pm ET weekdays.
  • Capital Gang --Moderated by veteran Mark Shields, with panelists Al Hunt, Robert Novak, Kate O'Beirne, and Margaret Carlson, it is one of cable news' longest running programs, focusing on political news. Airing Saturday nights at 7pm ET.

CNN specialized channels

CNN domestic bureaus

CNN international bureaus

CNN's offspring

CNN has spawned many similar cable news services:

  • CNN Headline News (1982)
  • Weather Channel (1982)
  • CNN International (1985)
  • CNBC (1989)
  • E! Entertainment Television (1990)
  • Court TV (1991)
  • CNN Airport Network (1992)
  • CNNfn (1995)
  • MSNBC (1996)
  • Fox News (1996)
  • CNN/Sports Illustrated (1996)
  • ESPNEWS (1996)

External links

  • CNN website
  • CNN International website

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