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Cable News Network (CNN) was launched in 1980, 34 years ago as an American basic cable & Satellite television.
The CNN news channel is currently owned by WarnerMedia under the umbrella of AT&T. It was set up by media mogul Ted Turner, and its first broadcast was on the 1st of June 1980.
CNN was the first all-news cable television channel, and it has since grown into one of the most popular channels, serving well over 100 million households.
CNN has also developed a successful strategy of appearing on nearly every television placed in a hotel. This channel is broadcast on 890,000 American hotel rooms alone, and that figure is much more significant when extrapolated to the rest of the world.
Much like the other leading news stations CNN primarily broadcasts from New York City, although it does have studios in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Atlanta.
As previously mentioned, CNN was the first cable channel to focus solely on the news. Even today, the bulk of the programming schedule is focusing on delivering news bulletins throughout the day and night.
It does intersperse those bulletins with special focus programs such as Inside Politics with John King. On weekends, programming does change quite significantly to focus more on factual and documentary-style programs.
To date, CNN has produced over 35 original documentaries/mini-series, some of which have received great critical acclaim. The most successful of these documentaries was American Dynasties: The Kennedys, which managed to draw in an audience of 1.7 million viewers.