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Who Owns CNN 2023?

Who Owns CNN?

Who Owns CNN?


CNN (Cable News Network) is a multinational cable news channel headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner and Reese Schonfeld as a 24-hour cable news channel, and presently owned by the Manhattan-based media conglomerate Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage and the first all-news television channel in the United States.

As of September 2018, CNN had 90.1 million television households as subscribers (97.7% of households with cable). According to Nielsen, in June 2021 CNN ranked third in viewership among cable news networks, behind Fox News and MSNBC, averaging 580,000 viewers throughout the day, down 49% from a year earlier, amid sharp declines in viewers across all cable news networks. While CNN ranked 14th among all basic cable networks in 2019, then jumped to 7th during a major surge for the three largest cable news networks (completing a rankings streak of Fox News at number 5 and MSNBC at number 6 for that year), it settled back to number 11 in 2021.


Globally, CNN programming has aired through CNN International, seen by viewers in over 212 countries and territories; since May 2019, however, the US domestic version has absorbed international news coverage in order to reduce programming costs. The American version, sometimes referred to as CNN (US), 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.


CNN Profile

CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaUnited StatesCanadaWorldwide (via CNN International)
Headquarters1 CNN Center,
Atlanta, Georgia
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerTurner Broadcasting System (1980–1996)Time Warner (1996–2001; 2003–2018)AOL Time Warner (2001–2003)AT&T (2018–2022)Warner Bros. Discovery (2022–present)
ParentCNN Global
Key peopleChris Licht (Chairman and CEO of CNN Worldwide)Michael Bass (EVP of Programming, CNN-US) Brad Ferrer (EVP/CFO)Amy Entelis (EVP) Ken Jautz (EVP, CNN-US and HLN) Andrew Morse (EVP/Chief Digital Officer)
Sister channelsshowList
LaunchedJune 1, 1980; 42 years ago
FounderTed TurnerReese Schonfeld


Christopher Andrew Licht is an American television newsman and producer. Since May 2022, he has been the chairman and CEO of CNN. He is best known as the showrunner and executive producer of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, as well as CBS’s executive vice president of special programming.

Why was CNN started?

CNN was created by maverick broadcasting executive Ted Turner as part of his Turner Broadcasting System (TBS), allegedly because industry professionals had told him it could not be done

What was CNN’s first big story?

On October 14, 1987, 18-month-old toddler Jessica McClure fell down a well in Midland, Texas. CNN quickly reported on the story, and the event helped make its name. The network gained significant traction with its live coverage of the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and the network’s audience grew along with the increasing popularity of cable television during the 1990s and well into the 21st century.

What is the brief history of CNN?

CNN (Cable News Network) is a multinational cable news channel headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner and Reese Schonfeld as a 24-hour cable news channel, and presently owned by the Manhattan-based media conglomerate Warner Bros.


Who owns CNN now?

Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. is an American multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at 230 Park Avenue South in New York City. It was formed after the spin-off of WarnerMedia by AT&T, and its merger with Discovery, Inc.