Blitzer reported for the special in both Atlanta and Montana, where Turner has a ranch. Among the interviews that will be featured are Turner’s five children, ex-wife Jane Fonda, President Jimmy Carter and Larry King. Watch a preview:
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Is there any cable channel that gets analyzed as much as CNN? The original cable news network finds itself once again in the spotlight, as critics attack it for its coverage of the George Zimmerman trial. Of course, it isn’t all bad news for Ted Turner‘s brainchild.
At Gawker, former CNN executive turned journalism professor Sid Bedingfield is critical of the trial coverage (focusing on CNN, though it could apply to any of the channels), arguing that it plays into racial issues.
The goal of the criminal-trial-as-entertainment genre is simple: Hook the viewer into the narrative. Get them emotionally invested in the characters. And, most importantly, persuade them to choose sides. Team Zimmerman vs. Team Trayvon.
AdWeek‘s Sam Thielman meanwhile writes that CNN has seen something of a renaissance the last few months when it comes to driving tune-in.
CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker sent an email to CNN staffers this afternoon, honoring the channel’s 33rd anniversary tomorrow, June 1.
In 1980, Ted Turner launched a revolutionary idea in news, and CNN was born. A lot has changed since then – from the way we gather the news to the countless ways our audience consumes it.
At the same time, a lot has not changed. We are still unequivocally dedicated to quality journalism and our storytelling abilities remain unparalleled around the globe.
Zucker also included a new promo video for CNN (watch it below), which he said “showcases some of who we are and what we do.” His full memo to staff is after the jump.
CNN founder Ted Turner returned to the channel yesterday to be interviewed by Wolf Blitzer. Blitzer asked Turner about saving the planet, his son Teddy’s failed run for a GOP nomination in South Carolina, and of course, CNN.
“And so you see what’s going on and so you — you’re — you miss it, right?” Blitzer asked.
“Yes, sure, I miss it,” Turner replied
“What do you miss the most about it?” Blitzer said.
“The action, there is lots of action,” Turner responded.
Actress Jane Fonda is a guest on tomorrow’s edition of “Katie,” and among other things she talks to Katie Couric about her character on the HBO series “The Newsroom.” Fonda plays Leona Lansing, the CEO of Atlantis World Media, the parent company of Atlantis Cable News. Fonda, of course, was once married to Ted Turner, the founder of CNN.
32 years ago today, cable history was made when CNN flickered to life. What started as a crazy idea in the mind of Ted Turner became a reality on June 1st, 1980 with David Walker and Lois Hart anchoring. The first story? President Jimmy Carter visiting civil rights leader Vernon Jordan in the hospital:
Earlier this year Turner appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” and Morgan asked Turner what he wanted to achieve with CNN:
“I wanted to better inform the world,” Turner said.
“Do you feel that you succeeded?” Morgan replied.
“Yes,” Turner responded.
As we noted yesterday, the lead in-studio guest on “Piers Morgan Tonight” last night was CNN founder Ted Turner. Turner, who has criticized CNN in the past for eschewing certain types of news (science, international) for other types (politics), said that he still holds the network in the highest regard:
“I wanted CNN to be the New York Times for the news business, not The Daily News. I wanted it to be The New York Times. And I thought that for the long-term, that would be the best position to be in, even if the ratings weren’t the greatest. If you had the most prestige and you were the network that everybody turned to in times of a crisis, that that was the most important position, in the news business, to hold.”
Turner also told Morgan about the experience of being fired from the company he founded, and losing upwards of $10 million a day:
CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” has a pair of big interviews tonight. Former President George W. Bush, who has only given a handful of interviews since leaving office, will be a guest on the program
Update: Bush will not be in-studio, but will be appearing in the “Keeping America Great” segment, which is set in the field. He will be talking about mountain biking, veterans, etc, so don’t expect any blockbuster revelations.
In addition, CNN founder Ted Turner–who has had some harsh things to say about the network he once ran–will also be appearing.
Interestingly, Bush is on just a few days after former CBS News anchor Dan Rather appeared on the show, where he stood by the claims he made on the network regarding Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service. That story led to Rather’s departure from CBS.
It should make for some interesting TV.
CNN founder Ted Turner is profiled by The Hollywood Reporter, looking at what he has been up to since leaving the media world. Among the revelations, while he still watches CNN, he doesn’t have the same affection for sister network HLN (formerly CNN Headline News):
Turner doesn’t pay attention to TV anymore, other than CNN. “I don’t watch entertainment,” he says. As for CNN’s sister network, HLN, “the News and Views Network” featuring Nancy Grace: “I haven’t watched in years. I want to see serious news.”
Turner also looks back wistfully on CNN’s founding, and wonders if the same thing could even happen in today’s fragmented TV marketplace:
“It’s been 12 years since I’ve been gone, but if you only had one news network, and there really was only one when CNN was there, would you make it a serious news network?” he ponders. “When you’ve got dozens — or many — then you can go in different formats. You could go right-wing like Fox News, you could go after a segment of the market and maybe you would be more successful than if you were going for the whole market.” Looking back, even he admits: “CNN wasn’t perfect. We spent several days when Jessica McClure fell down the well, and we covered O.J. [Simpson] driving around L.A. But those were such interesting stories.”
The story also looks back on the rough days that followed Turner as he was trying to build CNN
CNN’s prominence today makes it easy to forget that it was almost stillborn — not least when the satellite it required simply disappeared, forcing Turner to mount a life-or-death legal battle to get a slot on another one.
Throughout CNN’s emergence, nobody believed an all-news, all-the- time network could function — except Turner. But he was convinced that audiences wanted a venue where they could find information whenever they wanted, and from the beginning proclaimed his faith in the enterprise, announcing, “We won’t be signing off until the world ends.”
According to TV Line’s Michael Ausiello, Fonda “will play Leona Lansing, the CEO of cable news network’s parent company. She’s a titan and her corporate concerns often conflict with the reporting of the news outlet she owns.”
As Ausiello notes, Fonda’s character sounds suspiciously like CNN founder Ted Turner, someone she would know a thing or two about. Fonda was married to Turner from 1991-2001.
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