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Cable News Network

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The Cable News Network (CNN) is a news cable television network based in the United States. It was launched on June 1, 1980[1] as a subsidiary of the Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc.[2] by Atlanta-based entrepreneur Ted Turner.[3] At the time of its establishment, it was the first twenty-four-hour rolling news television channel.[1]

When the CNN was first launched in 1980, it had a million seven hundred thousand household subscribers. In 1985, a new channel CNN International was launched[4] and it developed a substantial overseas presence. CNN played a significant role in the Gulf War in 1991.[3] The CNN's global reach has multiplied seventy folds since the time of its launch.[4] Today CNN programming is viewed worldwide and it has more viewers outside the United States than within.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Graham Thompson (2007). American Culture in the 1980s, p. p158, Edinburgh University Press.
  2. Lucy Küng-Shankleman (2000). Inside the BBC and CNN: Managing Media Organisations, p. p77, Routledge.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nicholas John Cull, David Culbert, David Holbrook Culbert, David Welch (2003). Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present, p. p91, ABC-CLIO.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Shanto Iyengar, Richard Reeves (1997). Do the Media Govern? Politicians, Voters, and Reporters in America, p. p85, SAGE.
  5. Tony Silvia (2001). Global News: Perspectives on the Information Age, p. p16, Blackwell Publishing.

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