Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News

Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News

by Lisa Napoli


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The wild inside story of the birth of CNN and dawn of the age of 24-hour news

How did we get from an age of dignified nightly news broadcasts on three national networks to the age of 24-hour channels and constantly breaking news? The answer—thanks to Ted Turner and an oddball cast of cable television visionaries, big league rejects, and nonunion newbies—can be found in the basement of an abandoned country club in Atlanta. Because it was there, in the summer of 1980, that this motley crew somehow, against all odds, launched CNN.

Lisa Napoli’s Up All Night is an entertaining inside look at the founding of the upstart network that set out to change the way news was delivered and consumed. Mixing media history, a business adventure story, and great characters, Up All Night tells the story of a network that succeeded beyond even the wildest imaginings of its charismatic and uncontrollable founder, and paved the way for the world we live in today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419743061
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 62,839
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Lisa Napoli began her career as an unpaid teenage intern at CNN’s New York bureau in the summer of 1981. As a journalist, she has worked at the New York Times, Marketplace, MSNBC, and KCRW. She is the author of two previous books, Radio Shangri-La and Ray & Joan. She lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

March 2001 1

Chapter 1 The Little Girl in the Well, 1949 5

Chapter 2 The Lunatic Fringe 13

Chapter 3 Girdle 'Round the Earth 36

Chapter 4 Watch This Channel Grow! 61

Chapter 5 Captain Outrageous 85

Chapter 6 "No News Is Good News" 109

Chapter 7 Every Drop of Blood 136

Chapter 8 Reese's Pieces 162

Chapter 9 Until the End of the World 193

Chapter 10 Duck Hunting with Fidel 207

Chapter 11 The Little Girl in the Well, 1987 231

Afterword: June 2000 241

Appendix: Timeline 247

Notes 251

Bibliography 283

Acknowledgments 291

Index 295

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