The Cable News Network launched on June 1, 1980, at 05:00 p.m. Eastern Time with CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Ted Turner started the new channel with a husband-and-wife team. David Walker and Lois Hart anchored CNN’s first newscast. Burt Reinhardt served as the channel’s executive vice president and hired most of the initial group of about 200 people, including first news anchor Bernard Shaw.

CNN has been broadcasting since its inception and has now made itself available on many cable and satellite TV providers, its website, and specialized closed-circuit channels (e.g., CNN Airport). It operates 42 bureaus, out of which 12 are located within the US and 31 outside the country. In addition, the company owns some regional television networks and local stations from over nine hundred affiliates, which receive newscasts and feature programming delivered by CNN. The successful channel was the foundation of Turner as a billionaire and paved the way for the subsequent merger of “Warner Media” and “Discovery Inc.” into “Warner Brothers Discovery.” To check the reliability and credibility of CNN, you can read our detailed blog on the topic.

CNN Headquarters

CNN is an internationally operating news channel offering news and other content live and on its official website. According to the National Numerals, 80 million television households subscribed to CNN by February 2023. CNN headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Nielsen reports that CNN only came 3rd in television viewership in June 2021, after Fox and MSNBC, with an average of 580,000 viewers during the daytime, falling dramatically by 49% over the preceding year.

CNN headquater

In 2019, CNN ranked 14th among the basic cable networks, but after a big spike for their top three cable news networks, which completed a ratings streak with Fox News in 5th place and MSNBC in 6th place for that year, they settled in. Globally, CNN programming is available through CNN International and offers services in more than 212 countries/territories.

Moreover, the US domestic version has absorbed international news coverage to cut programming costs. CNN (USA) is available in the US, Canada, and a few islands in the Caribbean. Additionally, in India, it is known as CNN-News18, and in Japan, it started in 2003 through CNNj with simultaneous translation into Japanese.

US and Global Locations of CNN

CNN is an umbrella brand comprising nine cable and satellite television networks and two radio networks, CNN Digital Network and CNN Newsource. As of February 2023, CNN has offices in various US cities and countries, with CNN headquarters in Atlanta, 190 Marietta Street NW, USA.

United StatesAtlanta190 Marietta St NW HQ
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte, North Carolina
United StatesChicagoChicago, IL, USA
United StatesDallasDallas, Texas
United StatesDenverDenver, Colorado
United StatesHoustonHouston, Texas
United StatesLos AngelesLos Angeles, CA, USA
United StatesMiamiMiami, FL, USA
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
United StatesNew YorkNew York, NY, USA
United StatesSan FranciscoSan Francisco, California
United StatesWashingtonWashington, D.C.
United KingdomLondonLondon, UK
RussiaMoscowMoscow, Russia
FranceParisParis, France
JapanTokyoTokyo, Japan
South KoreaSeoulSeoul, South Korea
South AfricaJohannesburgJohannesburg, South Africa
TurkeyIstanbulIstanbul, Turkey
United Arab EmiratesDubaiDubai, UAE
United Arab EmiratesAbu DhabiAbu Dhabi, UAE
ChinaBeijingBeijing, China
ChinaHong KongHong Kong, China
GermanyBerlinBerlin, Germany
EgyptCairoCairo, Egypt
PakistanIslamabadIslamabad, PK
IndiaNew DelhiNew Delhi, India
ItalyRomeRome, Italy
KenyaNairobiNairobi, Kenya
LebanonBeirutBeirut, Lebanon
ArgentinaBuenos AiresArgentina
VenezuelaCaracasCaracas, Venezuela
NigeriaLagosLagos, Nigeria
TaiwanTaipeiTaipei, Taiwan
CubaHavanaHavana, Cuba
VenezuelaCaracasCaracas, Venezuela
IsraelJerusalemJerusalem, Israel

On-air Presentation

In September 2007, the channel started transmitting the HD1080i format for high-quality news from CNN headquarters and adopted it as a standard format. You can subscribe to one of the three most economical LiveNewsPro packages for online live streaming, which contains 25 major US news channels in HD. Officials introduced the CNN Election Express bus in October 2007 to introduce mobile service in CNN’s political coverage in HD. The channel also utilized the CNN-YouTube presidential debates and candidate interviews through the Election Express vehicle, which is capable of five simultaneous HD feeds.

CNN made a complete makeover of its on-air appearance in December 2008, replacing its old look used in 2004. The on-air graphics took a curved, flattish look in the predominantly black, white, and red new box beside the CNN logo for displaying the show’s logos, as well as various segment-specific graphics that used to be on a large banner above the lower. This redesign also replaced the scrolling ticker with a static “flipper” that either showed a series of news headlines (selected manually or drawn from the RSS feeds of or background information regarding a specific news story.

On January 10, 2011, CNN introduced its next major redesign, replacing the dark, flat appearance of the 2008 look with a glossier, blue-and-white color scheme, positioning the secondary logo box to the opposite end of the screen with the 16:9 aspect ratio. Soon after the arrival of Jeff Zucker, who became the chief executive officer of the network, the “flipper” was removed on February 18, 2013, and reverted into a ticker. On August 11, 2014, CNN unveiled a new graphics package that ditched the shiny appearance in favor of a flat, rectangular look with red, white, and black colors and a Gotham typeface.

Features of CNN Center/CNN Headquarters

An Omni hotel is located in the CNN Center, which features a large food court atrium. Local business employees and tourists visit the food court, as do attendees of State of Farm Arena events, Mercedes-Benz events, and Georgia World Congress Center conferences. Large screens surround the center, showcasing CNN’s multichannel output. Studio tours existed up until 2020, with technology demonstrations including Chroma keying, teleprompters, and viewing galleries above the newsrooms of CNN International, HLN, CNN 10, and CNN en Español.

Omni hotel is located in the CNN Center

This escalator was formerly on the CNN tour and was the “longest freestanding escalator globally,” according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It was built specifically for the building that had to house a theme park; therefore, it occupies the original structure and is difficult to remove. The Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center offers MARTA rail service to the CNN Center. You can access The Red and Gold lines by walking to Peachtree Center station, which will take 10 to 15 minutes.

Experiments to Launch New Channels

The Cable News Network launched two specialty news channels for the US market, which later closed amid competitive pressure. In 2002, the sports news channel CNNSI went out of business, while the business news channel CNNfn lasted nine years before it finally closed in December 2004. CNN worked with Sports Illustrated through the website but sold its domain in May 2015. The former CNNfn website was redirected to, which resulted from a strategic partnership between CNN and Money magazine.

The company had money and Sports Illustrated as Time Warner properties until 2014, when the magazines were spun off into Time Inc., a subsidiary of Time Warner. Officials from the CNN headquarters launched “Great Big Story” in November 2015 to target youth audiences. By September 2020, it had attracted close to six million followers on Facebook and YouTube before its closure. In May 2023, CNN debuted a free ad-supported television channel called CNN Fast, airing 24/7 short form international stories and news events on a rolling news ticker. You can catch the channel on Samsung TV Plus, Rakuten TV, LG channels, and Pluto TV.