CNN (Cable News Network) is an American news-based pay television channel owned by CNN Worldwide, a unit of the WarnerMedia News & Sports division of AT&T’s WarnerMedia. CNN was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner as a 24-hour cable news channel. ahead its start in 1980, CNN was the first television channel to make available 24-hour news coverage, and was the first all-news television channel in the United States.While the news channel has various affiliates, CNN primarily broadcasts from 30 Hudson Yards in New York City, and studios in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Its center of operations at the CNN Center in Atlanta—which suffered major smash up in 2020 is only used for weekend programming. CNN is every so often referred to as CNN/U.S. (or CNN Domestic) to distinguish the U.S. channel from its international sister network, CNN International.The network is known for its spectacular live coverage of breaking news, some of which has tired criticism as overly sensationalistic, and for its pains to be nonpartisan, which have led to accusations of false balance.
As of September 2018, CNN has 90.1 million television households as subscribers (97.7% of households with lead) in the United States. In 2019, CNN ranked third in viewership between cable news networks, following rivals Fox News and MSNBC, averaging 972,000 viewers. CNN lines 14th among all basic cable networks. Globally, CNN programming airs during CNN International, which can be seen by audience in more 212 countries and territories. The US familial version, sometimes referred to as CNN (US) is also available in Canada, some islands of the Caribbean and in Japan, where it was first show on CNNj in 2003, with simultaneous translation in Japanese. Starting in late 2010, the high definition feed of CNN US was launched in Japan for American viewers underneath the name “CNN/US HD and is spread by Japan Cable Television (JCTV) to several different multi-channel TV providers, such as J:COM, SKY PerfecTV!, iTSCOM and the JCTVWiFi service.