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Would Michael Bloomberg Buy CNN?

cavutobloombergFollowing his fiery interview on CNN, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was interviewed by Neil Cavuto on his Fox News show. In this interview, CNN came up as a topic of discussion. As 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch looks to acquire Time Warner, in which case CNN would have to be spun off, Cavuto asked the finance and media mogul if he’d be interested in buying CNN.

“I can’t think of why we would be interested in buying CNN. We’ve got a business, we’ve got to reinvest in our business and work very hard. I just did an interview in the same building with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. A lot of people like CNN, a lot of people watch it. Ted Turner had a great concept when he started it.”

“You never say never, but in this case I can say probably never.”

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Ted Turner Hospitalized in Argentina

CNN founder Ted Turner is currently undergoing observation at a hospital in Buenos Aires. Turner, 75, was treated earlier today at a hospital in Bariloche, in the western part of Argentina and was later transferred to the Argentine capital. Reuters reports that the media mogul had appendicitis. Turner’s spokesman Phillip Evans tells CNN, “Given it is our policy not to comment on his personal health, no further details will be provided.” Turner owns three ranches in Argentina, including one near Bariloche.

 

Your Pick for Piers Morgan’s Replacement is…

Larry KingAfter Larry King fueled speculation about a possible return to CNN following the news of Piers Morgan‘s show cancellation, we asked you who you’d like to see slide into the 9pmET CNN chair.

With close to 12,000 overall poll votes, the legendary interviewer in suspenders ran away with the win, with 86% of you voting for King to retake the 9pm hour he hosted for 25 years. Coming in a distant second was recently departed “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno with 8%.

Rounding out the top five were Katie Couric (3%), and a tie between CNN’s Bill Weir and “other” at 2%. Some of your other selections included embattled teen star Justin Bieber, Jerry Seinfeld, and the highly camera-friendly Donald Duck. We’re keeping the poll open, so feel free to vote if you haven’t.

King told us last year it was CNN founder Ted Turner that gave him his big break.

Wolf Blitzer Profiles CNN Founder Ted Turner

CNN will turn an eye on itself this weekend as Wolf Blitzer profiles Ted Turner, who founded CNN in 1980. The hourlong special, “Ted Turner: The Maverick Man,” will air at 7pm and 1amET Sunday.

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:

Zimmerman Trial Stirs More Pundit Pontification About CNN

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.
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Jeff Zucker to CNN Staff: ‘We are still unequivocally dedicated to quality journalism’

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.

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Ted Turner On What He Misses From His CNN Days: ‘The action, there is lots of action’

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.

Jane Fonda: ‘Newsroom’ Character ‘Rupert Murdoch that’s been marinated in a little Ted Turner’

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.

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CNN Turns 32

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.

Ted Turner: CNN Was To Be ‘The New York Times’ Of TV News, Not ‘The Daily News’

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.”

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Turner also told Morgan about the experience of being fired from the company he founded, and losing upwards of $10 million a day:

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