CNN is an American news-based pay television channel owned by CNN Worldwide. It was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner and Reese Schonfeld as a 24-hour cable news channel. In 2019, CNN ranked third in viewership among cable news networks, behind Fox News and MSNBC, averaging 972,000 viewers. Globally, CNN programming airs through CNN International, which can be seen by viewers in over 212 countries and territories.
About CNN in brief
CNN is an American news-based pay television channel owned by CNN Worldwide. It was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner and Reese Schonfeld as a 24-hour cable news channel. In 2019, CNN ranked third in viewership among cable news networks, behind Fox News and MSNBC, averaging 972,000 viewers. Globally, CNN programming airs through CNN International, which can be seen by viewers in over 212 countries and territories. As of September 2018, CNN has 90. 1 million television households as subscribers in the United States. CNN is sometimes referred to as CNNU. S. to distinguish the U.S. channel from its international sister network, CNN International. CNN+ was a Spanish 24- hours television news channel that was Launched in 1999 as a joint venture by Sogecable and Turner Broadcasting. It went off the air at the end of 28 December 2010. The channel’s success made a bona-fide mogul of founder Ted Turner, and set the stage for conglomerate Time Warner’s eventual acquisition of the Turner Broadcasting System in 1996. A companion channel, CNN2, was launched on January 1, 1982 and featured a continuous 24-year cycle of 30-minute news broadcasts. The company has 42 bureaus, more than 900 affiliated local stations, and several regional and foreign-language networks around the world. The high definition feed of CNN US was launched in Japan for American viewers under the name \”CNNUS HD\”, and is distributed by Japan Cable Television to several different multi-channel TV providers, such as J: COM, SKY PerfecTV!, iTSCOM and the JCTVWiFi service.
The first Persian Gulf War in 1991 was a watershed event for CNN that catapulted the channel past the \”Big Three\” American networks for the first time in its history, largely due to an unprecedented, historical scoop: CNN was the only news outlet with the ability to communicate from inside Iraq during the initial hours of the Coalition bombing campaign, with live reports from the al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad by reporters Bernard Shaw, John Holliman and Peter Arnett. Despite the lack of live pictures, CNN’s coverage of the initial Gulf War was watched by over a billion viewers worldwide, resulting in CNN’s experience being sought after by some of the world’s most influential media outlets. Despite some criticism, CNN sought some much-needed legitimacy in the aftermath of the Gulf War, and sought to be seen as a leader in the field of international news coverage. The network has also been criticized for its efforts to be nonpartisan, which have led to accusations of false balance. CNN is also available in Canada, some islands of the Caribbean and in Japan, where it was first broadcast on CNNj in 2003, with simultaneous translation in Japanese. The channel, which later became known as CNN Headline News and is now known as simply HLN, eventually focused on live news coverage supplemented by personality-based programs during the evening and primetime hours.