The Birth of the First 24 Hours News Channel

Eliza | 07 - 01 - 2021

A news channel is a platform to know about the current happenings around the world. Back then word of mouth was the only source to know about the current happenings later radio and newspapers entered the game. The freedom of speech had been misused which paved the way for the birth of news channels. Even now people express their opinions through social media whether it is good or bad. Everyone is a journalist, if they carry a good quality camera mobile- you can go live within seconds and report any live incidents from anywhere in the world through your social media. Though social media is at a fast pace it can’t beat news channels because people trust news channels over social media. Most news channels run 24/7 to give you live updates about the happenings. Do you know who started the first 24-hour news cycle? Read on to know 

Cable News Network History

Cable News Network (CNN) is the world’s first 24-hrs news channel that debuted on June 1, 1980. This news channel is located in Atlanta, Georgia and it is owned by CNN worldwide, a subsidiary of WarnerMedia. American media proprietor Ted Turner is the founder of the first 24-hour cable news. During the launch in 1980, the founder shared his motto for the first 24-hour news network. He said that the main motto was to bring brotherhood, kindness, friendship, and the peace of the people in his nation and world. 

History of CNN Network- First 24 Hour News Channel 

Ted Turner purchased a financially distressed UHF television station in Atlanta in 1970. Within a few years, he made it a successful and profitable news channel in the United States. In 1975, he invented a superstition and it was one of the first companies to use a new communication satellite to broadcast the channel to a nationwide audience through cable television. It was also renamed as Turner Broadcasting System. He later started the first 24-hour news network. During that time the TV news industry was dominated by three major networks ABC, CBS, and NBC in which the news was broadcasted only for 30 minutes at night. Initially, CNN was available in less than two million U.S households but today it is seen in more than 370 million households and hotels internationally. CNN International is the most widely distributed news channel worldwide. 

Which Year Did CNN Start?
  • A. 1980
  • B. 1981
  • C. 1982
  • D. 1983

During its early years, CNN was running at a loss and was nicknamed Chicken Noodle Network. Ted Turner didn’t get fed up; instead, he invested in the building and eliminated one of his channel competitors ABC by purchasing their Satellite News Channel. Later CNN, known for covering live events around the world, the channel also covered live events of the Persian Gulf War from the al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad which gained popularity and more audience.  

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