The Cable News Network (CNN) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. The 24-hour cable news channel was launched at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 1980. Therefore, the popular news network celebrates 34 years today.
After an introduction by Ted Turner, the husband and wife team of David Walker and Lois Hart anchored the first newscast. CNN was the first channel to provide 24-hour television news coverage, and the first all-news television channel in the United States.
CNN has expanded its reach to a number of cable and satellite television providers, several websites, and specialized closed-circuit channels. CNN has 36 bureaus (10 domestic, 26 international), more than 900 affiliated local stations, and several regional and foreign-language networks around the world.
CNN is sometimes referred to as CNN/U.S. to distinguish the American channel from its international counterpart, CNN International. CNN was the first channel to provide 24-hour television news coverage and the first all-news television channel in the United States. Even though there are other 24-hour news channels today, CNN is still some people's favorite. As of Aug. 2013, approximately 98,496,000 American households watch CNN. That includes 86% of cable, satellite and telco customers.
CNN is available not only in U.S. households but its broadcast coverage also extends to over 890,000 American hotel rooms. The U.S. channel is also carried on cable and satellite in Canada. Globally, CNN programming airs through CNN International, which can be seen by viewers in over 212 countries and territories.
CNN primarily broadcasts from its headquarters in four major locations at the CNN Center in Atlanta, the Time Warner Center in New York City, and studios in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. However, the news channel has numerous affiliates.