On the same date in 1980, CNN has launched a cable news network. It was the world’s first 24-hour television news network. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
The news could only be reported at fixed times throughout the day by CNN that changed the notion. The dominant news networks were ABC, CBS, and NBC that had night broadcasts in half an hour. However, CNN was a game-changer by changing the concept of the news, and CNN, now, is seen in more than 90 million American households and over 160 million homes internationally.
Speaking of which, CNN was the brainchild of Robert “Ted” Turner. He is an outspoken businessman, and he was burned on the 19th of November, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and as a child moved with his family to Georgia. He has learned from his father, who ran a successful billboard advertising company, and Turner took over the business after his father’s death.
In its first years of operation, CNN lost money and did not create any success, but Turner continued to invest in building up the network’s news bureaus around the world. He believed in the concept of CNN, so he eliminated the main competitor by buying Satellite News Channel that was owned in part by ABC.
CNN eventually came to be known for covering live events around the world as they happened. As a result, the network gained significant traction with its live coverage of the Persian Gulf War in 1991, and the network’s audience grew along with the increasing popularity of cable television during the 1990s and well into the new millennium.