Turner Broadcasting System
|Type||Subsidiary of Time Warner|
Atlanta, United States
|Key people||John Martin (CEO) 
Philip I. Kent (Chairman)
David Levy (President)
TBS Asia Pacific
TBS Latin America
|Subsidiaries||Turner Entertainment Co.
Cartoon Network Studios
Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (often abbreviated Turner Broadcasting, TBS, Inc. or simply Turner) is an American media conglomerate and subsidiary of Time Warner, managing the collection of cable networks and properties initiated or acquired by Robert Edward "Ted" Turner starting during the 1970s. TBS, Inc. merged with Time Warner on October 10, 1996, and now operates as a semi-autonomous unit of Time Warner.
The current chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting is Philip I. Kent. The Turner properties are headquartered in both the CNN Center in Downtown Atlanta and the Turner Broadcasting campus off Techwood Drive in Midtown Atlanta, which also houses Turner Studios. Across Interstate 75/85 from the Techwood campus is the original home of Turner's WTBS superstation (now separated into the TBS cable network and Peachtree TV), which today houses Adult Swim production company Williams Street.
- 1 History
- 2 Channels
- 2.1 U.S. domestic
- 2.2 International
- 3 Former assets
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
In 1970, Ted Turner, then owner of a successful Atlanta-based outdoor advertising company, purchased WJRJ-Atlanta, Channel 17, a small, struggling Ultra High Frequency station, and renamed it WTCG, for parent company Turner Communications Group. By careful programming acquisitions, Turner guided the station to success. During December 1976, WTCG originated the "superstation" concept, transmitting via satellite to cable systems.
In 1979, the company changed its name to Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) and the call letters of its main entertainment channel to WTBS, now TBS.
On June 1, 1980, CNN was launched at 17:00 EST becoming the first 24-hour news cable channel. The husband and wife team of Dave Walker and Lois Hart news anchored the first newscast, Burt Reinhardt the then executive vice president of CNN, hired most of CNN's first 200-employees & 25-member staff including the network's Bernard Shaw was first news anchor.
In 1986, Turner bought the pre-May 1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer library, the RKO Radio Pictures library, the Associated Artists Productions library (which included the complete library of pre-1950 Warner Brothers films and shorts), and some United Artists material, some post-1952 UA material such as Gilligan's Island and its spinoffs, and Bugs Bunny: Superstar from MGM/UA. Turner Entertainment is begun.
In 1988, the company initiated TNT. In 1989 adding The Legal Forum and The Atlanta Medical Journal radio shows.
Turner expanded its presence in movie production and distribution, first with the 1991 purchase of the Hanna-Barbera animation studio. New Line Cinema and Castle Rock Entertainment would be acquired three years later. Turner initiated Cartoon Network on Thursday, October 1, 1992.
On April 14, 1994, the division Turner Classic Movies was launched.
During early 2006, the company sold Turner South to Fox Cable Networks creating Fox Sports South, a regional sports channel. Fox assumed control of the network on May 1, and at the beginning of the newest National Hockey League season, renamed it SportSouth, coincidentally the former name of FSN South when Turner owned the network in partnership with Liberty Media, from its beginning during 1990, until 1997.
In May 2006, Turner Broadcasting, which already owned 50% of Court TV, purchased the remaining half from Liberty Media. Also in May 2006, Ted Turner attended his last meeting as a board member of Time Warner and officially parted with the company.
Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media
The channels in Latin America are controlled by Turner Broadcasting System Latin America, headquartered in Atlanta. It broadcasts Latin American versions of U.S. channels, and also channels that are exclusive for the region. TBS LA also handles advertising sales for Warner Channel (owned by fellow Time Warner division Warner Bros. Entertainment) and for the Brazilian action sports channel Woohoo.
- Chilevisión (Free to air)
News and Information
- CNN en Español
- CNN en Español Pan-regional
- CNN en Español Argentina
- CNN en Español México
- CNN Chile
- CNN International
- CNN International for Latin America
- CNN (USA) HD
Kids and Teens
- Boomerang Pan-regional
- Boomerang México
- Boomerang Brasil
- Boomerang Argentina
- Cartoon Network (Arab World)
- Boomerang (Australian TV channel)
- Boomerang Germany
- Boomerang (Spain)
- Boomerang (Poland)
- Boomerang (France)
- Boomerang (Italy)
- Boomerang Romania
- Boomerang (Netherlands)
- Boomerang (Nordic)
- Boomerang (UK & Ireland)
- Boomerang (Arab World)
- Boomerang Eastern Europe
- Boomerang (Southeast Asia TV channel)
- Boomerang (Thailand)
- Cartoon Network
- Cartoon Network Pan-regional
- Cartoon Network México
- Cartoon Network Argentina
- Cartoon Network Arabic
- Cartoon Network Brasil
- Cartoon Network Chile
- Cartoon Network (Poland)
- Cartoon Network (Hungary)
- Cartoon Network (Spain)
- Cartoon Network (Sweden)
- Cartoon Network Norway
- Cartoon Network (Italy)
- Cartoon Network (Netherlands)
- Cartoon Network (Turkey)
- Cartoon Network (Pakistan)
- Cartoon Network (France)
- Cartoon Network (Canada)
- Cartoon Network (Australia)
- Cartoon Network (Philippines)
- Cartoon Network (India)
- Cartoon Network (Greece)
- Cartoon Network (UK & Ireland)
- Cartoon Network (Japan)
- Cartoon Network (Taiwan)
- Cartoon Network (Russia and Southeastern Europe)
- Cartoon Network (EMEA)
- Cartoon Network Europe
- Cartoon Network (Germany)
- Cartoon Network Romania
- Cartoon Network Arabic
- Cartoon Network (Korea)
- Cartoon Network (Southeast Asia)
- Tooncast Pan-regional
- Tooncast Brasil
- Cartoon Network Too
- Toonami (Asia)
- Glitz* Pan-regional
- Glitz* (Germany)
- Glitz* Brasil
- Glitz* Germany
- truTV (Also in High Definition)
- truTV Pan-regional
- truTV Asia
- truTV Brasil
- TABI Channel (Japan)
- MONDO TV (Japan)
- Infinito Pan-regional
- Infinito México
- Infinito Argentina
- TNT (Also in High Definition)
- TNT Pan-regional
- TNT México
- TNT Brasil
- TNT Argentina
- TNT Chile
- TNT Venezuela
- TNT Spain
- TNT Serie
- TNT Film
- I-SAT Pan-regional
- I-SAT Argentina
- I-SAT Brasil
- Space (Also in High Definition)
- Space Pan-regional
- Space Argentina
- Space Brasil
- TCM Classic Entertainment
- TBS Pan-regional
- TBS Argentina
- TBS Brasil
- HBO Asia
- HBO Pakistan
- WB Channel
- CNN International (4 Feeds: Americas (USA, Canada and Latin América), EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Asia (South Asia & Pacific))
- CNN Chile, a joint-venture between Turner Latin América and VTR Globalcom that is only aired in Chile.
- CNN IBN, a joint-venture between Turner, TV18 and Global Broadcast News that is only aired in India.
- CNN Türk, owned by Doğan Medya Grubu that is only aired in Turkey.
- CNN+, a joint-venture between Turner (50%) and Sogecable that is only aired in Spain, closed down in late 2010.
- TCM (Custom programming to UK, France, Germany, Spain, Latin America)
- CETV (36%)
- Showtime Scandinavia through Turner NonStop Television in the Scandinavian countries.
- Silver (TV channel), independent and international movies, through Turner NonStop Television in the Scandinavian countries.
- Star, showbiz news programming, through Turner NonStop Television in the Scandinavian countries.
- Star! Scandinavia,
- Cartoon Network (Custom programming to France, Italy, Europe, Taiwan, India, Japan, South Korea)
- Boing (51% Mediaset, 49% Turner Broadcasting System, Italy)
- Boomerang UK, various Boomerang channels around Europe
- Cartoonito UK
- Cartoon Network Too UK
- Boomerang +1 UK
- Pogo (India)
- Boing (Italy) (Mediaset 51% and Turner 49%)
- Atlanta Braves — An MLB franchise (Now owned by Liberty Media)
- Atlanta Hawks — An NBA franchise (Now owned by Atlanta Spirit)
- Atlanta Thrashers — An NHL franchise (now owned by True North Sports & Entertainment as the Winnipeg Jets)
- Cable Music Channel — A defunct television channel
- Castle Rock Entertainment — A film production company*
- CNNfn — A defunct television channel
- CNNSI — A defunct television channel
- Hanna-Barbera — An animation studio in 1957-2001*
- SportSouth — A regional sports network (Now owned by Fox Sports Networks as Fox Sports South)
- New Line Cinema — A film production company*
- New Line Television — A television production arm of New Line Productions*
- Turner Books — A book publisher
- Turner Entertainment Co. — A film holding company*
- Turner Pictures — An original in-house programming*
- Turner Pictures Worldwide Distribution — An international distribution sales unit*
- Turner Feature Animation — An animation unit*
- Turner Home Entertainment — A home video distributor (Merged into Warner Home Video)
- Turner Program Services — A former syndication arm, merged into Time Warnerʻs Telepictures Productions
- Turner South — A regional television channel (Now owned by Fox Sports Networks as SportsSouth)
- World Championship Wrestling — A former American professional wrestling promotion, assets also now owned by WWE, Inc.*
* Now owned by sister company, Warner Bros.
- "Contact Us." Turner Broadcasting System.
- Lippman, John (October 30, 1991). "Turner Is Buying Hanna-Barbera Film Library". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
- Harris, Kathryn (August 7, 1993). "New Line Cinema holding merger talks with Turner".
- Citron, Alan (August 18, 1993). "Turner gets nod to buy New Line and Castle Rock".