Turner Broadcasting System

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Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Type Subsidiary of Time Warner
Industry Entertainment
Cable television
Interactive media
Founded 1970
Founders Ted Turner
Headquarters CNN Center, Atlanta, United States
Key people John Martin (CEO) [1]
Philip I. Kent (Chairman)
David Levy (President)[2]
Products CNN
CNN International
Cartoon Network
Adult Swim
CNN Airport
Parent Time Warner
Divisions Turner Broadcasting System Europe
Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific
Turner Broadcasting System Latin America
Subsidiaries Turner Entertainment Co.
Cartoon Network Studios
Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe
Williams Street
CNN Films
Turner Sports
Bleacher Report
Universal Wrestling Corporation
Turner Private Networks
Website www.turner.com
Aerial view of the CNN Center, which houses the headquarters of Turner Broadcasting System

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 company's current assets include CNN, HLN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, TruTV and Turner Classic Movies.

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[3] and the Turner Broadcasting campus off Techwood Drive in Midtown Atlanta, which also houses Turner Studios.[4] 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 and Williams Street West.



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 1984, Turner initiated Cable Music Channel, his competition for WASEC's MTV. The channel was short-lived, but helped influence the original format of VH1.

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.[5] New Line Cinema and Castle Rock Entertainment would be acquired three years later.[6][7] Turner initiated Cartoon Network on Thursday, October 1, 1992.

On April 14, 1994, the division Turner Classic Movies was launched.


In 2003, Philip I. Kent succeeded Jamie Kellner as chairman. The WB was acquired during 2001 while Kellner was chairman, but returned to Warner Bros. during 2003 with the departure of Kellner.

During early 2006, the company sold Turner South to Fox Entertainment Group 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.


On August 26, 2014, Turner Broadcasting is preparing to fire 550 people before an NBA rights deal.[8]


U.S. domestic[edit]



Terrestrial Broadcasting[edit]

Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media[edit]

Interactive/broadband sites[edit]

  • AdultSwim.com
  • CartoonNetwork.com
  • CNN.com
  • HLNtv.com
  • TBS.com
  • TCM.com
  • TNTDrama.com
  • truTV.com
  • TeamCoco.com
  • VeryFunnyAds.com
  • TheSmokingGun.com
  • BleacherReport.com
  • NBA.com
  • PGA.com
  • upwave.com



Latin America[edit]

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.

News and Information[edit]
Kids and Teens[edit]
  • Glitz*
    • Glitz* Pan-regional
    • Glitz* Brasil
    • TNT Glitz (previously Glitz*, Germany)
  • truTV (Also in High Definition)
    • truTV Pan-regional
    • truTV Asia
    • truTV Brasil
  • TABI Channel (Japan)
  • MONDO TV (Japan)
  • Infinito
    • Infinito Pan-regional
    • Infinito México
    • Infinito Argentina

Other regions[edit]

  • 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.

Former assets[edit]

* Now owned by sister company, Warner Bros.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Turner Broadcasting System.
  4. ^ http://www.turner.com/terms-of-use
  5. ^ Lippman, John (October 30, 1991). "Turner Is Buying Hanna-Barbera Film Library". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ Harris, Kathryn (August 7, 1993). "New Line Cinema holding merger talks with Turner". 
  7. ^ Citron, Alan (August 18, 1993). "Turner gets nod to buy New Line and Castle Rock". 
  8. ^ "Report: Turner to fire 550 people in advance of rising NBA rights deal". CBS Sports. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 

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