A timeline of the Turner media empire
1970: Ted Turner buys Atlanta’s Channel 17, a struggling UHF station.
1976: Turner transmits nationally via satellite to cable systems.
1979: Turner renames the business Turner Broadcasting System.
1980: Turner launches Cable News Network (CNN), the first 24-hour cable new channel.
1981: Turner creates the TBS Sports division, which would later be called Turner Sports.
1982: Turner launches CNN2, which would later become Headline News, then HLN.
1985: CNN International launches. CNN turns first profit.
1986: CNN is only channel showing live coverage of space shuttle Challenger when it explodes in flight.
1986: CNN moves downtown from original Midtown HQ.
1986: Turner buys legacy film properties such as early Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer library, Gilligan’s Island, Bugs Bunny and others. Turner Entertainment starts.
1988: Turner Network Television (TNT) is launched with an airing of “Gone With the Wind.”
1991: CNN is the network to watch as Persian Gulf War begins. CourtTV is launched.
1992: Turner starts Cartoon Network.
1994: Turner launches Turner Classic Movies.
1995: CNN.com launches.
1996: Turner Broadcasting sold to Time Warner. Fox News Channel launches.
2000: Time Warner merges with AOL. The Boomerang channel -- a spin-off from Cartoon Network -- is launched.
2001: Adult Swim -- an adult block of programming on Cartoon Network -- debuts.
2002: Fox News surpasses CNN in ratings.
2005: TNT launches “The Closer,” breaking records for most viewers for a basic cable show.
2006: The company sells Turner South to Fox Cable Networks, creating Fox Sports South.
2006: Ted Turner resigns from Time Warner board.
2008: Court TV becomes truTV and veers away from court programming in favor of reality shows.
2010: TBS launches “Conan” hosted by former “Tonight Show’ host Conan O’Brien.
2012: Turner Sports acquires Bleacher Report.
2013: Atlanta-based CEO Phil Kent turns leadership over to New York-based John Martin. Jeff Zucker takes over CNN, begins pushing more reality programming such as “Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.”
2014: Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox offers to buy Time Warner, which rejects the deal.
2015: Turner launches Great Big Story, a streaming-video network.
2018: John Martin exits as CEO after AT&T acquires Time Warner. Turner Broadcasting sells Court TV brand, programming to Katz.
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