(TheDailyHorn.com) – On June 1, 1980, Ted Turner and Reese Schonfeld founded Cable News Network (CNN) as the first 24-hour, 7 days per week multinational cable news channel. For decades, CNN was known for its down-the-middle reporting.
CNN revolutionized the news industry which ultimately led to the creation of Fox News. Around 2010, CNN’s corporate head, WarnerMedia President Jeff Zucker, decided to compete with Fox News’s popular conservative opinion-based shows. The network became more progressive and abandoned the founding principles of the organization.
A longtime friend and biographer of Ted Turner said the CNN founder hates what former WarnerMedia President Jeff Zucker did with the network, in interview released on Saturday. https://t.co/d2Fm8otE2a
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Recently, Turner’s longtime friend and biographer Porter Bibb was asked what Turner, the brain behind the CNN of the 1980s, thought of the network now. Bibb said Turner was firmly against Zucker turning CNN into an opinion network to compete with Fox News. Bibb added that Turner believed that abandoning the concept of hard news 24/7 was the wrong direction in which to take his former company.
Over the last several months, CNN’s ratings struggled as two news network leaders left over misconduct allegations. Chris Cuomo was suspended late last fall and fired in early December after the network learned he conspired with his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Numerous women accused the disgraced governor of sexual harassment and assault. Gov. Cuomo resigned in August.
On February 2, Zucker resigned from CNN after he failed to report a relationship with a co-worker that had been going on for several years and ultimately led to a divorce from his wife.
AT&T recently sold CNN to Discovery. Media observers believe the less flashy company will make numerous changes to CNN’s programming in the coming months.
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