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Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. It is a division of the Turner Broadcasting System, owned by Time Warner. CNN introduced the idea of 24-hour television news coverage, and celebrated its 25th anniversary on June 1, 2005. In terms of cumulative (Cume) Nielsen ratings or "unique viewers", CNN rates as America's #1 cable news network. CNN broadcasts primarily from its headquarters at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Time Warner Center in New York City, and studios in Washington, DC. As of December 2004, it is available in 88.2 million U.S. households and more than 890,000 American hotel rooms. The U.S version of CNN is also shown in Canada. Globally, the network airs through CNN International and has combined branded networks and services that are available to more than 1.5 billion people in over 212 countries and territories.

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      29.07.2009 12:20
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      Perfect for some light relief

      I have to be quite truthful in this review by saying that I only ever watch CNN on UK Free Sat and Free View for the major LOLs it has given me.

      Upon flicking through TV channels at a time when nothing was on I came across this American news channel. Two politicians and a news reader were talking about the war in Iraq and the lack of WMDs in the country. I was almost in stitches on the floor laughing at how the two politicians defended George W Bush's invasion of Iraq, coming up with the most ridiculous answers. Luckily though the news reader brought up the fact that we only invaded because Iraq has a lot of oil and that invading was a way of keeping the oil for the west. The long and the short of it was that the politicians were digging themselves a bigger and deeper hole.

      All this comedy and we then forget that it broadcasts The Daily Shows With... which in my opinion is the most unfunny comedy chat/current affairs program known to man. It doesn't help though that they talk a lot about American law and politics which seems to be very complicated so that might explain it.
      Comparing CNN to Fox though I would prefer to watch CNN if on holiday and if I was American probably watch CNN over here on my favourite free digital services such as Free View or Free Sat.

      Overall then quite an entertaining news channel for us Brits giving us even more evidence that the Americans are more stupid and more corrupt than any country in the world.

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        15.11.2005 17:38
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        The update report by CNN showing the problems and bravery of the people in Parkistan which are ongoi

        Cnn is a U.S. based world news channel ,thats why I like it.
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        Some reports are live .It does give a global service reporting on world sport and world weather .Also the scenic photography helps us to get to know what different places in the world look like .
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        There was a moving report yesterday about a mother that is donating some nerves out of Her arm to help Her sone have a nerve transplant,she is quoted as saying she would have Her arm off if necessary ,it not known what the result of this surgery is yet,at John Hopkins hospital.
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        Other sections of this News channel are:Business Traveller ,and the a Science report section and reports from different countries including Europe ,and the middle East more or less every country in the world.
        There are some reports under Insight on the current News .
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        CNN reported on the Earthquake in Parkistan, two days ago on The 13th of November.
        The News program was entitled :*Faces of the Earthquake*.
        Showing those faces of the people that survived ,still facing their plight no their problems are not over.They are living some of them in makeshift tents,the weather is becoming colder,and they face the possibility of a severe winter.
        CNN showed how they are still pulling people out of the rubble,some 700 children are under there,35,000 have already died so far this report shows.
        It is heart breaking to see Mothers crying over their loss.
        One little boy was interviewed he had seen His classmates lost,He was pulled out.He isnt physically injured but He shows psychological injuries by what He says:*I think I am dead*,then He smiles,He is learning to laugh again.A reporter said of Him *a smile from somewhere that cant be touched and it breaks my heart*.
        What a brave little boy,he is an inspiration to all that experience suffering.

        Some of these people are being airlifted in Helicopters.
        For the rest they have little food or water,they have to walk four miles for water.

        CNN also showed the terrible injuries they were coping with,some festering.(they could use a homeopathic remedy called Gunpowder and others.)
        In another place they showed a Tent Village.
        Well done CNN for giving us an up to date picture.
        They are still having daily aftershocks .
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        Since I wrote this review CNN has reported that there has been a Quake conference about how to help the Victims of this terrible earthquake ,53billion pounds has been pledged to help the people in Parkistan.
        Also this week CNN are having a feature program about the Middle East .


        These poor people are now in my daily prayers.
        Almighty God is going to wipe the tears out of many peoples eyes in the near future see book of Revelation 21 1-5 .By removing the things that cause Suffering on this Earth.
        Jesus also foretold a general Ressurection of all in the grave ,in the gospel of John Chapter 5 verse 28,29.
        You might like to read the signs Jesus gave in Matthew 24.
        Millions are now putting their faith in Gods coming Kingdom,
        Jehovahs witnesses freely give their time discussing the Bible
        and its promises with anyone that asks.

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          10.06.2003 21:59
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          (NB. The following is on CNN's International TV Channel rather than the traditional American CNN...) It’s when I’m on holiday that I realise that I am a bit of a news junkie. Away from internet access and my beloved Ceefax, it becomes harder to find out what’s happening in the world. Whilst there are always an abundance of the British tabloids in every holiday resort from Lesbos to Lanzarote, it’s hard to find any sort of proper newsworthy story out of, say, ‘The Sun’, let alone coping with the fact that you have to pay three times the cover price that it is in Blighty. Therefore, I’m reliant on TV... as any package holiday-er will testify, getting a reliable news channel can be a bit tricky on unpredictable foreign satellite TV, where there is an omnipresence of moody Spanish women sitting on stools fielding calls from viewers trying to get their mitts on a Playstation, German variety shows that veer from bizarre to perturbing and Eurosport with a multi-lingual commentary that will have you reaching for your dictionary quicker than you can say ‘Esperanto’. On my recent jaunt to Gran Canaria, the only English language channel available apart from sporadic periods of English tennis commentary on Eurosport, was CNN (Cable News Network). Based in Atlanta, Georgia, CNN was the prototype 24-hour news channel, and now broadcasts a special International service around the world. Its format is a mixture of rolling news delivered by the studio anchors to news items from roving reporters, as well as special features on the arts, weather, culture and business. Ticker-tape (the band at the bottom of the screen where you can see brief headlines scroll) is a permanent feature of CNN. There is a wild inconsistency in the gravity of news that is featured, with many of the day’s big stories being ignored whilst obscure and trivial items are given precedence. Last year,
          during the India / Pakistan nuclear stand-off, more time was devoted to discussing odourous Indonesian tropical fruit and the aggravation of having to remember a computer password than the impending global crisis. Whilst diversity is always healthy, it did seem a little inflexible that priorities couldn’t be readjusted. Despite its supposedly international manifesto, there is still very much a US-centred bias to the news, whether directly, or via incessant coverage of the Israel and the Middle-East and its impact on the USA. Whilst perhaps understandable due to recent events, a serious event in South America or South-East Asia will be given barely a couple of words on the ticker-tape, whilst a new book by Hilary Clinton will be worthy of a five-man panel discussion. The sports coverage also devotes a disproportionate amount of time to US Football and the US Baseball League as well. On all occasions that I was viewing, the presentation religiously stuck to the one man / one woman Anglo-American team behind a desk model. Like BBC Breakfast News, GMTV and Sky News, it seems as though CNN’s ethos is to inform the public about the death, destruction and deflation via attempting to squeeze out every last drop of ‘sexual chemistry’ that may exist between presenters. This now looks very jaded, and surely something a bit more radical is in order on rolling news channels. Most of the CNN presenters are the ‘yang’ to the ‘yins’ of high-flying British terrestrial anchors like Kirsty Young and Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Terry Baddoo, once John Craven’s stand in on ‘Newsround’, is relegated to a blink-and-you’ll-miss it sports round up, whilst Daljit Dhaliwal was surely destined for greater things than being the perfect-hair accompaniment to Jim Clancy. Interestingly for a supposed information world-leader, the whole presentation is unprofessional and disjointed. By port
          raying the news in brief sound-bites as well as dedicating time to featurettes containing sub-Channel 5 trivia, it falls between two stools with a heavy thud. Too frothy to be considered informative and too inconsistent to be efficient at giving news at a glance, there are so many areas that it needs to improve on before it becomes anything other than a last resort in your holiday resort.

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            05.02.2001 19:45
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            C.N.N (Cable News Network) founded by Ted Turner, is currently leading the way in news reporting. Don't get me wrong, I watch B.B.C and I.T.V in order to catch up with the news around the country. B.B.C and I.T.V are good but when it comes to international news, C.N.N is the best. For instance, I first heard about the U.S presidential elections on C.N.N before I heard about it on the B.B.C. I also heard about the crisis in Kosovo before I heard about it on I.T.V. Their style of reporting is first class. Take for instance, only C.N.N will report on an issue that happened in the remotest part of the world while B.B.C and I.T.V won't bother to show it. About C.N.N C.N.N was founded in the 80's (not too sure of the exact year) by Ted Turner. They started out as a local news station reporting on American Issues. The reporters made lots of mistakes when reporting the news. A common error would be that the reporter didn't know that he/she was on air. They were labelled by their critics as: "A chicken network " because they made lots of mistakes. Turner wanted to take the news to a new level. C.N.N became international in the late 80's and in 1991, Turner won Time's man of the year for reporting the Gulf war in full details and other issues that affected the viewing public at the time. With the growing public, branches are now in Europe, Asia and the Americas. C.N.N is owned by Time Warner inc which recently merged America Online (AOL) to provide streaming video and Audio. Any interesting features? Over the years, their features have been changed dramatically in order to reflect the needs of the society at the time. These needs are reflected in range of features currently available in the website. You can now read the news in your local language something the B.B.C and I.T.V have to failed to do. For instance, if you speak: Spanish www.cnnespanol.com Portuguese http:
            //cnnemportugues.com Italian www.cnnitalia.it Swedish Http://cnn.passagen.se Norwegian Http://cnn.vg.no Danish www.cnn.dk and Japanese Http://cnn.co.jp If you are into business, you can of course check the stock market to see how the Nasdaq is performing on www.cnnfn.com, Interested in politics check out www.allpolitics.com, sporty spice www.cnnsi.com (which is my favourite and can be seen in my profile page). There is mycnn.com which is personalised by the user, chat room, streaming video and audio and C.N.N radio. Enough said the problem maybe that its only available on satellite, cable and digital channels which may mean that not many people in this country has heard of C.N.N. But don't worry, if you are into current affairs, you can also read the news on www.cnn.com

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            10.11.2000 00:57
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            I have been following the American Election’s on CNN, they have provided excellent in-depth coverage of the Election. However, I do think they seem to guess the outcome tell their viewers and then be red faced when something else happens. What a disaster the Elections have been, CNN have admitted that quite openly which was quite impressive, let the world see that the Americans can’t even have a election run smoothly yet they think they can tell everyone else how to run their countries. This has to be one of the best free news channels if you want to keep up-to date with world news/Asia news or stories from America. The best thing on CNN has to be ‘Larry King live’ its an excellent mature debate with representatives from both sides arguing a celebrities life. They have some top guests on from the show-biz world. I also enjoyed watching the build up to the presidential race with Bush and Al Gore fighting it out amongst each other. The level of questioning appalled me, it was so low, the questioning wasn’t even based on policy. To think one of these people will be the most powerful person in the world is worrying. CNN is an excellent channel for the most comprehensive news from all over the world.

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            07.09.2000 03:02
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            CNN is a news channel that is in my view excellent. It covers the world news so well and at the same time it has top journalist working for it. My favourite news broadcaster is Riz Khan, his show called 'Questions and Answers' is very good. He interviews a person, whereby people e-mail questions and the guest answers them him. He is a very good interviewer, and somehow makes it interesting viewing. It is a free channel offered to sky digital viewers and for that I think it is excellent value. CNN is always their when there is breaking news, it has some excellent programmes like Larry King Live, CNN World view, World News, NBC Nightly news, Asian edition and World Sport and World /news, so there is something for everybody. It also has travel programmes and a range of other's. It covers the sport news around Europe and the world, and it covers different sport and not just one so if you want to know what the results in Europe were over the Weekend, the data is supplied by CNN World Sport. It is Channel 513, and I recommend it to you, if you like News from around the world.

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            28.08.2000 01:32

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            These 24 hour news channels are now popular - but CNN is still the market leader. As with all of the news channels, they can only be watched for a short period before they start repeating themselves. The CNN news is very imformative and also goes into levels of detail and depth not available on your conventional news. It is also interesting watching how British news comes across from an American point of view and how they report on it. Being English, it is also interesting to see what is happening in American news as this is not normally reported in this country. The channel stops at nothing with respect to cost. If there is an event happening live, a CNN helicopter will be there - sometimes even before the police or emergency services!!! Compared to BBC News 24, this channel is far superior. News 24 tends to repeat itself every 15 mins whereas CNN only repeats the main news every 30-40 minutes with headlines of the news in between. CNN also has a good sports section on regulary, looking at all sport across the world

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            19.08.2000 20:24
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            The US using poison gas SARIN to kill US soldiers? The CIA dealing in drugs? What does CNN have to say? First the good news- On April 23 2001, CNN featured an interview with 'CIA veteran' Kenneth Bucchi who said he helped the CIA fund Colombian drug lords and provide cover for their distribution routes. Bucchi is not the first to make such claims. In the past decade, several CIA, DEA and other government agents have made similar allegations. But normally these allegations don't get onto CNN. So well done CNN! (for more on this, see http://serendipity.magnet.ch/cia/blum1.html ) Now, the bad news. On June 7 1998 CNN had a story on the use of the poison gas SARIN. The story claimed that in 1970 US forces used Sarin to kill as many as 20 American defectors in Laos. The gas also allegedly killed 100 Montagnard tribesmen because their gas masks did not fit. There were angry protests from Kissinger and Colin Powell. CNN's Ted Turner fired the producers of the programme which had featured the SARIN, in spite of the fact that 7 key executives at CNN had vetted and approved the broadcast. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The BBC and ITN and Sky give inadequate coverage of foreign news. BBC news broadcasts often sound as if they were written by the Pentagon or New Labour (Gavyn Davis, Greg Dyke and Andrew Marr are all Labour Party/Blair pals). So should we turn to CNN to get news of what's happening in Laos or Panama or Ghana or wherever? CNN sometimes gives us a little too much of US sport or little Elian Gonzales, but, CNN has Insight with Jonathan Mann and lots of coverage of THE WHOLE WORLD. CNN provided the best film footage of the revolution in Belgrade/Yugoslavia. At the time of writing CNN is providing the best TV coverage of the Middle East crisis. CNN has interviewed scores of learned academics on both sides of the conflict. I used to criticise CNN
            for its lack of a viewpoint, but, when it comes to the Middle East it is good to find both sides given a chance to put their case. Recently there have been a number of important foreign stories: a political crisis in the Phiippines, an outbreak of Ebola in Uganda, 10,000 deaths in Maluku, bombs hitting tourists in Sri Lanka....all of these were on CNN. I did not see any of these on the BBC Ten O'Clock news We need more insightful and investigative journalism. Remember Mordechai Vanunu? Neither do I, but I feel I should. How about the US Army's academy for Latin American military and police officers in Georgia? Is it still training people like Argentina's General Galtieri and Salvadorean death squad leader Roberto d'Aubuisson? Is the CIA involved in drugs trafficking? What happened to Somalia after the US forces left? Is the Indonesian army deliberately stirring up trouble in Ambon? It strikes me that BBC reporters are usually unwilling to go into any depth with a story. When the Indonesian army was trying to wreck East Timor there was little or no mention of the following: 1.Ex President Suharto allegedly owned 40% of East Timor 2. General Wiranto had for many years advocated the employment of militias by the army (originally to police cities in Java) 3. The Indonesian army has about one and a half million para-militaries 4. The Indonesian army runs vast numbers of businesses (which is where most of its money comes from) 5. The Indonesian army's special forces were trained in subversion tactics by the US armed forces.... CNN's Insight programme touched on some of these issues. To listen to the BBC you would think that the Timor problem was caused by out of control militias. For democracy to survive we need an independent media that gives us accurate information. I hope CNN will not deteriorate now that it is in the hands of AOL/Time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ O
            peration Mockingbird was the CIA operation, begun in the late 1940's, whereby the CIA recruited journalists. By the CIA's own admission, at least 25 organisations and 400 journalists were to be targeted. According to www.korpios.org/resurgent/CIAtimeline.html one should be suspicious about CIA influence over the following: Reuters, Time, Newsweek, ABC, NBC, CBS, Associated press, UPI and The Washington Post. And remember that CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour is married to former Clinton spokesman James Rubin, so she may not be totally neutral about Israel!

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              03.08.2000 14:33
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              There are now more 24 hour news channels available than there are ordinary tv (terrestrial) stations. Originally just Sky News and CNN they have been joined by a host of others. CNN still manages to stand out from the crowd offering clear, unbiased,comprehensive news and business coverage 24 hours. They clearly put more money into their programming and it shows. The number of regional news teams gives a good deal of local knowledge, this is particularly so when they cover the "breaking news". Theres still a heavy American bias in the style of presentation but with such a wide range of programmes from indepth to quick 1 minute reviews it's the best news channel available.

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              11.07.2000 04:50

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              This is a 24 hrs news channel which is very informative, it was one of the 1st 24hr news channels to be broadcast overhere. There is also some good programming I like to watch like Larry King Live. The only complaint I have is that there are far to many commercials if you breath the have to take a break. The only thing is I am glad I don`t have to put up with american tv those commercial breakes would drive me bonkers. Some of the news reports are outstanding especially when the war with Iraq was in full swing. There now are some better alternatives so check them out before watching this channel

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              08.07.2000 03:52
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              CNN was the first twenty-four hour news channel available in the UK, and is still pretty good today. The best thing about CNN is that it is available world wide and tends to take something of a world view, albeit with a very American bias. Cable News Network is available in most business hotels world wide and so tends to offer continuity. The channel can tend to dwell on just a few stories at the risk of overkill rather than spreading itself wider and reporting on items which have more local appeal. The Lewinski affair was CNNs darkest hour, when it seemed incapable of broadcasting for more than fifteen minutes without some pointless new ‘breaking news’ story surrounding the impeachment process. I do enjoy the Larry King Live show which is a topical talk show, although this may be a little too American for some tastes. Sporting coverage is excellent as they tend to buy in reports from TransWorld sport, and the 'play of the day' is well worth watching, as it is an outstanding sporting snipet from any sport worldwide. Advertising varies wherever you watch the channel and in the UK they don't seem to have enough sponsors so there's a lot of time devoted to advertising the channel and its' hotel partners. With digital TV available throughout the UK CNN is no longer my first, or second news station choice. I'd pick BBC News 24 every time, or BBC World news service outside the UK. ITN News runs a close second, and is also available, if only for short periods, in the US. Overall I recommend CNN when you can’t get one of the (superior) UK News channels.

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              07.07.2000 07:29

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              The myriad of TV shows on the CNN network geared up to the new economy and reinventing business models to embrace the internet are astonding. With shows such as "Business Unusual" which specialise in niche success case studies, and "Moneyline News hour" to keep up to date with share performance how can one fail in the new economy. CNN is an invaluable channel with breaking news and market analyses of great accuracy and prestige. Apart from the financial and business aspects of CNN they also have excellent coverage of worldwide events with reporters situated all over the world. And what day wouldn't be complete without an hour with Larry King as he optimistically interviews yet another famous person, always bringing out the best in people!

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              14.06.2000 00:39

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              If you know the right programs and watch them at the right times, then it will be a god information centre, as it has a number of programs... as well as news, there is also art and music programs. The one like is Dot.Com, which talks about the technology ansd is on nearly everyday! The teletext is good in a sense that it is the only news channel that actually has info on different incidents in different countries, while other channels only stick to the very vital news from other countries, and leave out the rest. Instead they talk about local news oer and over again, while cnn has a good balance!

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