Gizmodo put together a list of “23 Ancient Websites That Are Still Alive.” Two of those sites belong to CNN, in the form of a sub-site on the OJ Simpson Trial and the 1996 “Year in Review.” We decided to take a trip to the Internet Archive, and see what TV News websites looked like back in the mid-90′s. Spoiler alert: they look ridiculous in hindsight, but appropriate for the days of dial-up.
Fox News Channel’s website in 1996 was sparse, and light on content, but check out the familiar face on the right:
CNN’s 1996 Year In Review:
ABC News had a fairly advanced site in 1997, it even had a “non Java’ version, for those users who hadn’t upgraded top the latest tech.
MSNBC also had a fairly fleshed out site in 1996 (not surprising given the Microsoft connection):
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