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CNN Turns 32

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#26 OFFLINE   trainman


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Posted 03 June 2012 - 12:31 PM

The last year or so before the change CNN changed over to a digital playback system and the first few months were horrible. "Live" newscasts that would pause and then start up as if nothing was wrong and there were other playback glitches.

I was involved in producing the closed-captioning for Headline News while this was going on. It was...interesting.

(Didn't help that we were a separate contracted company, working remotely, and CNN didn't tell us very much about what was happening.)
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#27 OFFLINE   spartanstew


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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:07 PM

32 years and I've never watched it.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 03:35 PM

IMHO, CNN had the oportunity to be ubiquitious. If it had followed its own path, decided to be a voice and not an echo, the other channels would have never made it. Rather, Turner, and later the coporate HQ at Time Warner, chose to just be a 24 hour version of the same point of view as the three networks and most newspapers, magagines (including Time itself), and it got passed and passed again. It no longer serves a purpose.

I'd slightly disagree there. During it's first couple of years CNN was considered to speak with a rather conservative voice, echoing Ted Turner's political point of view at the time. Turner was called "The Mouth of the South," and he was active in business and politics. Especially in those early years, resources were limited, so yeah, they were following the same stories as the other major media outlets, but they often put a Southern Moderate spin on the reporting.

But over time, as the network became more successful and a force in the industry (and Turner married Jane Fonda...) did they move closer to the "mainstream media" point of view. If anything, for many Americans CNN became the face of mainstream media by the late 80s.
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#29 OFFLINE   Paul Secic

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:38 AM

Holy snap, I feel old
Geez Louise, ESPN's 33 birthday is coming this September

Where has time gone?

And now we have the Zombie Apocalypse just starting :lol:

CNN isn't what it was under Ted.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 04:56 PM

I was subscribed to Alan Gerry's CVI "Cablevision Industries" that at first added 16 - CNN, 17 - Nickelodeon (7AM-8PM) / ARTS (8PM-Midnight) / Superstation WTBS (Midnight-7AM) All Eastern Time, 18 - ESPN, 19 - USA was only on 5PM-Midnight / Catskill OTB other times and 21 was Cinemax.

I still remember that original CNN music. They never played anything else. I am trying to remember all the weather guys. Mornings were Nick Gregory (in NYC for a very long time now), Dallas Raines (is he still in LA?) was the evening guy and I am ashamed to say I can't remember the afternoon guy's name.

Just like some of you others, I seem to be older than dirt too. lol

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