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CNN, is a major cable television network, launched at 6:00 p.m. EST on June 1, 1980. Cable News Network, which is in full the acronym CNN, was founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. Since its debut, CNN has expanded its reach to a number of cable and satellite television networks, several web sites, specialized closed-circuit networks (such as CNN Airport Network), and two radio networks.

In terms of “unique viewers”, CNN rates as America’s number one cable news source. While the news network has numerous affiliates, CNN primarily broadcasts from its headquarters at the CNN Center in Atlanta, the Time Warner Center in New York City, and studios in Washington, DC.

Globally, CNN airs through CNN International and has combined branded networks and services that are available to more than 1.5 billion people in over 212 countries and territories. CNN.com is among the world’s leaders in online news and information delivery. The network has 42 bureaus, more than 900 affiliated local stations, and several regional and foreign-language networks around the world.

Despite its domestic standing, CNN remains a distant second in international news coverage, reaching just over half of the audience of the older BBC News. Unlike BBC’s network of reporters and bureaus, CNN International makes extensive use of affiliated reporters that are local to, and often directly affected by, the events they are reporting. The effect is a more immediate, less detached style of on-the-ground coverage.