|Launched||October 1, 1999|
|Closed||October 13, 2006|
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System (1999-2006)
Fox Entertainment Group (2006)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Broadcast area||Regionally available in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, portions of western North Carolina, Elizabeth City micropolitan area, and Outer Banks, National (via satellite)|
|Headquarters||Turner Entertainment Techwood Campus|
Turner South was an American cable and satellite television network that was owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. At its peak, Turner South reached approximately eight million subscribers across a six-state region comprising Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and portions of western North Carolina (roughly from Asheville to Charlotte).
The channel launched on October 1, 1999 as the first regional entertainment network developed especially for viewers in the southern United States. Turner South's programming consisted of a mix of movies, drama series, sitcoms, regional news updates, and unique original programming. It also carried telecasts of professional sporting events from the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball, Atlanta Hawks NBA, and Atlanta Thrashers NHL franchises, all of which were owned by the Turner Broadcasting System at the network's launch.
Turner South's original programs could be broadly termed "southern lifestyle", including cooking and gardening shows. The sitcoms and dramas featured on the network (such as Major Dad and In the Heat of the Night) also tended to appeal to Southerners, or were set in the South. Beginning in 2002, the channel also aired a live simulcast of radio program The Rick and Bubba Show . This lasted until April 28, 2006.
Sale to Fox
On February 23, 2006, the Fox Entertainment Group agreed to purchase Turner South, for a reported $375 million. On May 1, 2006, Fox took over operations of the cable network, and the bulk of the Turner South schedule, including Rick and Bubba and the movie blocks, was discontinued. During the brief transition period which followed, repeats of Turner South's lifestyle and how-to programming (including Blue Ribbon, Home Plate, Home Makers, and Junkin') were aired in two weekday blocks (from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m. ET). Much of the remaining programming was repurposed from various Fox Sports Net properties, most notably Fox Sports South.
On October 13, 2006, the network was officially relaunched as SportSouth. Ironically, Fox Sports purchased another channel named SportSouth from Turner in 1996, changing its name to Fox Sports South. The channel is operated as a sister network, much like FSN West and Prime Ticket in Southern California.
- News Corporation Fox Cable Networks to Acquire Turner South, News Corporation press release, 2006-02-23.
- Turner South to Launch Friday, October 1, to Nearly One Million Subscribers, Turner press release, 1999-09-29. Retrieved via TimeWarner.com.
- Unstead, R. Thomas, Fox Cable Buys Turner South, Multichannel News, 2006-02-23. Retrieved April 19, 2009.
- Reynolds, Mike, Network Reclaims Old Name, Multichannel News, 2006-10-08. Retrieved April 19, 2009.