Happy Birthday, CNN: The Original Cable News Channel is 32 Years Old Today

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June 1st, 2012

via press note:


Profile America — Friday, June 1st. What is now routine for millions of Americans each day —checking an all-news cable television channel for the latest events around the world — began on this day in 1980. That's when CNN — the Cable News Network — started its service. At the time, some critics questioned whether the public would be interested in a channel that carried nothing but news 24 hours a day. Now, there are not only a number of such news channels, but others dedicated fully to weather, golf, automobiles and cooking, among other special interests. When CNN began operations, about 16 million households were hooked up to cable. Today, cable television reaches nearly 66 million homes across the U.S. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 291

  • Justin121

    Happy B-Day, CNN!

  • Ralph Hahn

    What a coincidence! CNN is 32 today. Now, each year represents ONE CURRENT VIEWER! ;-)

  • Merlinus

    CNN has not aged well.

  • Sherman Kappe

    Ratings aside, CNN is still the best of the 3 all-news channels.

  • USAmerica1st

    Happy Birthday, CNN! They may be down in the ratings, but they are still my ‘go-to’ station during any national crisis. And does anyone have a better international news organization? When I was in the Pentagon, there were TV sets all over the building, all on CNN with the volume down low.

  • justin

    CNN is ageing faster than Lindsey Lohan.

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