Ted Turner
American media mogul, philanthropist, founder of TBS and CNN
Ted Turner
Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III is an American media mogul and philanthropist. As a businessman, he is known as founder of the cable news network CNN, the first 24-hour cable news channel. In addition, he founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television. As a philanthropist, he is known for his $1 billion gift to support the United Nations, which created the United Nations Foundation, a public charity to broaden support for the UN.
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Jane Fonda And Richard Perry Split After 8 Years Together
Huffington Post - 27 days
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Craig Sager Dead At 65 Following Battle With Leukemia
Huffington Post - 2 months
Craig Sager, the NBA sideline reporter who brought joy to millions of fans, players, coaches and fellow media members through his flamboyant suits and kinetic personality, has died following a long battle with leukemia, Turner President David Levy announced Thursday. He was 65. “Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us,” Levy said in a statement. “There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports.” “While he will be remembered fondly for this colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager ...
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Asieh Namdar On Moving Beyond The Headlines
Huffington Post - 3 months
With the goal of harnessing the untapped potential of Iranian-Americans, and to build the capacity of the Iranian diaspora in effecting positive change in the U.S. and around the world, the West Asia Council has launched a series of interviews that explore the personal and professional backgrounds of prominent Iranian-Americans who have made seminal contributions to their fields of endeavour. We examine lives and journeys that have led to significant achievements in the worlds of science, technology, finance, medicine, law, the arts and numerous other endeavors. Our latest interviewee is Asieh Namdar. Asieh Namdar is an Anchor for CCTV America in Washington, D.C. She comes to CCTV with more than 20 years of experience at CNN, where she served as an anchor for CNNI, a senior writer for HLN, and a contributor to CNN.com. Namdar has written and reported on many international stories, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the tsunami disaster in Asiain 2004, the disputed ...
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Spar Street: Creating Art with a Purpose When We Need It Most
Huffington Post - 3 months
"More and more people now evaluate the importance of art, not from a perspective of what's entertainment and what's merely superficially titillating or entertaining, but from the perspective of finding what is going to reach down into your core and lift you up on those days when you feel at your worst. What's going to remind you that there is something deeply beautiful, powerful, and trustworthy in you, your human journey and the world." In late September of this year, in the nucleus of all things cultural and emphatic, the potpourri of humans, interests and accomplishments, (New York City, East 42nd Street to be exact), Spar Street, standing 6'4" with a tranquil demeanor, watched three courageously progressive, fervent women receive an award. He watched his sculpture, The Agent of Change, transcend from a piece of his collection, to a tangible symbol of perseverance, honor and leadership. On that day, three legatees, Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H ...
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The Bull Market in Legacy Ranches
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Over the past few months, a number of vast family-owned ranches have gone on the market. Why Ted Turner sold to the Osage Nation.
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The Bull Market in Legacy Ranches
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Over the past few months, a number of vast family-owned ranches have gone on the market. Why Ted Turner sold to the Osage Nation.
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Philanthropy: The New Prada? Competitive Altruism And The Rise Of Philanthropy As The Ultimate Status Symbol
Huffington Post - 5 months
The Native American Kwakiutl tribe has an unusual practice called potlatching, where tribal chiefs compete to give away their possessions. Strange, but the person who is able to give away the most resources is regarded as the highest-standing member in the group. Anthropologists have observed similar cases of "altruistic signaling" in numerous hunter-gatherer societies, including the Aché of Paraguay and the Meriam of Australia. Competitive altruism perforates across historical and contemporary cultures, from the sponsorship of trans-Atlantic voyages and opulent operas by European royals, to conspicuously large donations made by modern-day tycoons such as Ted Turner and Bill Gates, and the small-town housewife's desire to be the nicest dinner-party hostess. Research has shown that self-sacrifice for the benefit of a group of strangers increases the self-sacrificer's status in that group, including the likelihood that the person will be selected as a leader. And in cities like New Yo ...
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Ten Strange, Cool, and Compelling Reasons to Visit Southwestern Delaware Now
Huffington Post - 5 months
Delaware is not a state that gets much hype, tourism-wise, and when it does, it's usually about the beaches (Rehoboth, Bethany), the Brandywine River Valley (Wyeth family, Longwood Gardens), or the City of Wilmington. But here's the thing: Southwestern Delaware - or more precisely Western Sussex County, which includes the towns of Laurel, Seaford, Bethel and Georgetown - is shot through with so many rivers and rivulet's, creeks and streams, it is kayaking nirvana. And very few know about it. This segment of Delaware is also a skydiving hotspot - very fitting, as DuPont opened the word's first Nylon plant here in 1939; pumping out massive amounts of the material used to make a significant number of the country's parachutes. Western Sussex County is also a Bass Fishing utopia, and full of local color - both visually and personality-wise. Read on for the best reasons to visit this little known part of the Small Wonder State. Want more information? Consult GetawayMave ...
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Justice, Not 'The Man' is Out to Get Bill Cosby
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I'm Chevonne Harris and I administer black passes. Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Vick, Whoopi Goldberg and that whole Ted Danson thing, I, like many in our community, have a tendency to dismiss the screw-ups of black people on the basis of bad behavior justified by the psychological impacts of the historical ill-treatment of blacks in America. For a good portion of my life I had a pretty solid argument until in walked Bill Cosby and his multitude of accusers. Dang it. As news of Cosby's recent arraignment hit social media, my timeline sort of threw up with conspiracy theories and posts in defense of the fallen comedian. From a ploy concocted by the media to distract us from Tamir Rice, to blaming the spirit of Bull Connor, not Cosby's realization of oh s**t this is really happening, for his stumble as he was walking into court, black people tried it. We tried every which way we knew how to explain, defend or ignore the startling fact that our beloved Bill Cosby may indeed be a pre ...
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#BlackWealthMatters: The 5 Largest U.S. Landowners Own More Land Than All of Black America Combined
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The five largest white landowners in America together own more rural land than all of black America combined. According to CNBC, this small group's total land holdings are about 9 million acres. In the report "Who Owns the Land," the United States Department of Agriculture disclosed all of Black America only owns just under 8 million acres. In fact, it was further explained that African Americans own less than one percent of U.S. rural land, worth a mere 14 billion dollars. While combined, white American families privately own over 98 percent of U.S. land, amounting to 856 million acres, with a total worth of over a trillion dollars. Note: The disparity in these numbers have likely gotten worse since this last "Who Owns the Land" USDA report was released. Forbes states, Ted Turner (founder of CNN) alone owns over 2 million acres of land. This total is nearly a quarter of what all black Americans combined own in rural land in the U.S., and it appears Turner also owns ne ...
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LBJ Foundation Honors Ted Turner With 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
AUSTIN, Texas, May 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The LBJ Foundation will present entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner with the Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award on May 21 at a gala ceremony in the LBJ Presidential Library. "Just as he paved a daring new path in the 1980s with the creation of CNN, Ted Turner continues to innovate today as an environmentalist and advocate of clean, renewable energy sources," said Larry Temple, Chairman of the LBJ Foundation. As chairman of the Turner Foundation, Ted Turner has supported efforts to improve air and water quality, develop a sustainable energy future, safeguard environmental health and maintain wildlife habitat protection.  Since its inception in 1990, the Turner Foundation has given more than $300 million to hundreds of environmental organizations.
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The 2016 Election Cycle Bids A Fond Farewell To April's Shiny Nonsense!
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Friday is the first of May, which means there's only 550 days or so until Election Day 2016. It's a winding road ahead, into an uncertain future, but oh! The places we've already seen! The people we've already met! The memories we've already shared! Right now, we have people who have decided to run for president, people who have not yet decided to run for president, and people who are definitely running for president, but not making it official because there are still so many campaign finance rules that need to be circumvented. We've been told that people are hungry for "change," and "newness," and "authenticity." We've watched as candidates prostrate themselves before billionaire head-cases. We've observed various "listening tours." Lincoln Chafee might do something, you don't know! And you probably don't know who Lincoln Chafee is, exactly. (Here is a Wikipedia page about Lincoln Chafee. Does it ring any bells?) Now, it's time to bid farewell to April. But as we head into Ma ...
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When Intuit’s network gets taxed, it turns to Riverbed performance management tools
IT World - almost 2 years
Ted Turner, Senior Network Engineer at Intuit, discusses with Network World Editor in Chief John Dix, how the company’s business is changing and how it relies on different tools to keep up.  To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here (Insider Story)
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The Top U.S. Charity Donors Gave 28% More In 2014 Than They Did The Year Before
Huffington Post - about 2 years
The Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington released its annual list Sunday of the top 50 American donors to nonprofit organizations in 2014. Here are five things to know about their contributions: WIDER WALLETS Donations from the top 50 were up 27.5 percent over 2013, to $9.8 billion. Some donors told the Chronicle that the economic recovery prompted them to give more than what they might have five or six years ago, said Maria Di Mento, staff writer for the newspaper. "That group is feeling more confident in the economy," she said. GENEROUS GENERATION More technology entrepreneurs younger than 40 made the list. Three of them gave more than $500 million each: Jan Koum, the 38-year-old founder of the messaging company WhatsApp; Sean Parker, the 35-year-old former Facebook president and founder of Napster; and Nicholas Woodman, 39, and his wife, Jill, 38, founders of the high-tech camera company GoPro. Nine other donors on the list came from the technology industry, making the ...
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The CEO Pivot Puzzle
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Product definition is a challenge for any startup. But it's significantly harder for a company that is in an evolving market. Ben Horowitz - in his new book 'The Hard Thing About Hard Things', makes a compelling argument for how not to define product strategy. In making the transition from Loudcloud to Opsware, Horowitz was performing what has now become known in startup circles as a pivot. It's a fork in the road where the company must change or fail. It's not easy. Explains Horowitz; "The product plan was weighed down with hundreds of requirements from our existing customers. The product management team had an allergic reaction to prioritizing potentially good features above features that might help beat Blade Logic (a competitor)." This makes total sense of course. The product team is on the front line - they were the ones who heard the product requirements from customer. Customers who pay the bills. Customers who know their names. Horowitz explains the logic this way: ...
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Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Named Most Generous American Philanthropists Of 2013
Huffington Post - about 3 years
SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December. The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported Monday that Zuckerberg's donation was the largest charitable gift on the public record in 2013 and put the young couple at the top of the magazine's annual list of 50 most generous Americans in 2013. The top 50 contributors made donations last year totaling $7.7 billion, plus pledges of $2.9 billion. The Chronicle's editor says the most significant fact from the list was the amount of money coming from living donors, which totaled about the same amount as the two previous years combined. "It's a sure sign that the economy is getting better and people are getting a lot less cautious," said Stacy Palmer, Chronicle editor. Some of the nation's biggest givers do not appear on the 2013 list, not bec ...
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Metanoia, Ted Turner, and Eco-Capitalism
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Metanoia. The word can mean a "profound, usually spiritual transformation; or simply a change of mind." For Carl Jung, the word refers to 'self-healing.' All of which made sense to me while reading Last Stand, Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet (Lyons Press, 2013), by Montana journalist Todd Wilkinson. My personal metanoia -- about Ted Turner -- started during the first paragraph of his introduction: "Some people may view this book, Last Stand, as me pulling back the curtain that has blocked public view of my 'other life' -- the one that has existed all these years parallel to my involvement with media and racing yachts." The "Ted Turner" in the book's title is actually, the Ted Turner, who to be honest, I'd ignored for two decade. I was among those "some people" he mentions who think narcissist, sailboat racing, and the World Series champion Atlanta Braves whenever the name "Ted Turner" comes up. My metanoia falls into its simplest definition: I changed my mind -- f ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ted Turner
  • 2013
    Age 74
    One of Turner's children, Robert Edward "Teddy" Turner IV, announced on January 23, 2013, that he will run in the South Carolina Republican primary for the open Congressional seat vacated by Tim Scott who was appointed to the U.S. Senate.
    More Details Hide Details When Turner was 26, he entered sailing competitions at the Savannah Yacht Club and competed in Olympic trials in 1964. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on July 4, 1977, after being chosen to lead the 1977 America's Cup defense as skipper of the yacht Courageous. He had purchased the boat after its 1974 America's Cup victory. On September 18, 1977, he successfully defended the America's Cup, defeating Australia 4-0. He was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 1993, and the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011.
    However, in 2013 he declared himself still to be agnostic, saying that he still prays for friends when they are sick, because "it can't hurt anything".
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  • 2012
    Age 73
    In a television interview with Piers Morgan on May 3, 2012, Turner said he had four girlfriends, which he acknowledged was complicated but nonetheless easier than being married.
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  • 2011
    Age 72
    He apologized for that and the remarks in 2011 about the 9/11 hijackers, but also defended himself:"Look, I'm a very good thinker, but I sometimes grab the wrong word...
    More Details Hide Details I mean, I don't type my speeches, then sit up there and read them off the teleprompter, you know. I wing it." Turner caused a stir in Montana in 2003 by funding a project to restore westslope cutthroat trout to Cherry Creek and Cherry Lake. The controversy stemmed from the poison antimycin used to kill the other fish in the stream to make way for the westslope cutthroat trout.
  • 2010
    Age 71
    In 2010, Turner joined Warren Buffett's The Giving Pledge, vowing to donate the majority of his fortune to charity upon his death.
    More Details Hide Details Turner sponsors the Public forum debate of the National Forensic League.
    In 2010, in the wake of both the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in West Virginia on April 5, that killed 29 miners and on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 crew on April 20, Turner stated on CNN that "I'm just wondering if God is telling us He doesn't want to drill offshore.
    More Details Hide Details And right before that, we had that coal mine disaster in West Virginia where we lost 29 miners... Maybe the Lord's tired of having the mountains of West Virginia, the tops knocked off of them so they may get more coal. I think maybe we ought to just leave the coal in the ground and go with solar and wind power and geothermals... " In 1999, Turner made a joke about Polish mine detectors when asked about Pope John Paul II. After a harsh response from the Polish deputy foreign minister Radek Sikorski, Turner apologized. Turner once called observers of Ash Wednesday "Jesus freaks", though he apologized, and dubbed opponents of abortion "bozos."
  • 2008
    Age 69
    In 2008, Turner wrote Call Me Ted, which documents his career and personal life.
    More Details Hide Details Turner has been married and divorced three times: to Judy Nye (1960–64), Jane Shirley Smith (1965–88), and actress Jane Fonda (1991–2001). He has five children. Through Turner Enterprises, he owns 15 ranches in Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Totaling, his US land-holdings make Turner one of the largest individual landowners in North America (by acreage). Turner's biggest ranch is Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico. At, it is the largest privately owned, contiguous tract of land in the United States.
    In 2008, Turner asserted on PBS's Charlie Rose television program that if steps are not taken to address global warming, most people would die and "the rest of us will be cannibals".
    More Details Hide Details Turner also said in the interview that he advocated Americans having no more than two children. In 2010, he stated that China's one-child policy should be implemented. Turner claims to have predicted the demise of newspapers 30 years ago and has called print journalism "an obsolete way of distributing information". Ted Turner also became more critical of media consolidation around 2004. He expressed some regret that he took advantage of the relaxed rules that allowed greater concentration of media ownership, and raised concerns about the quality of information and debate in an environment where the news is controlled by only a few wealthy corporations and individuals. In the 1997 biography It Ain't As Easy as It Looks by Porter Bibb, Turner discussed his use of lithium and struggles with his illness. The 1981 biography Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way by Christian Williams chronicles the founding of CNN.
    In a 2008 MSNBC interview, Turner stated that he no longer considers himself atheist or agnostic, and prays for sick friends, but keeps it short because "I don't want to load up the wires."
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    In 2008, Turner explained he not only regretted these statements but said he had made peace with organized religion and had worked with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and the United Methodist Church to fight malaria.
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  • 2006
    Age 67
    On September 19, 2006, in a Reuters Newsmaker conference, Turner said of Iran's nuclear position: "They're a sovereign state.
    More Details Hide Details We have 28,000. Why can't they have 10? We don't say anything about Israelthey've got 100 of them approximatelyor India or Pakistan or Russia." A proponent of healthcare reform bills, Turner has said: "We’re the only first world country that doesn’t have universal healthcare and it's a disgrace."
  • 2003
    Age 64
    In 2003, Turner challenged Murdoch to another fistfight, and later accused Murdoch of being a "warmonger", as he was backing President George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq.
    More Details Hide Details For most of his first decade as owner of the Braves, Turner was a very hands-on owner. This culminated in his second year as owner, 1977. With the team mired in a 16-game losing streak, Turner sent manager Dave Bristol on a 10-day "scouting trip" and took over as interim manager—the first owner/manager in the majors since Connie Mack. He ran the team for one game (a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates) before National League president Chub Feeney ordered him to step down. Feeney cited major league rules which bar managers and players from owning stock in their clubs. Turner appealed to Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn, and showed up to manage the Braves when they returned home. However, Kuhn turned the appeal down, citing Turner's "lack of familiarity with game operations". In the mid-1980s Turner began leaving day-to-day operations to the baseball operations staff.
    He resigned as Time Warner vice chairman in 2003 and then from the board of directors in 2006.
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  • 2002
    Age 63
    In 2002, Turner accused Israel of terror: "The Palestinians are fighting with human suicide bombers, that's all they have.
    More Details Hide Details The Israelis... they've got one of the most powerful military machines in the world. The Palestinians have nothing. So who are the terrorists? I would make a case that both sides are involved in terrorism."
  • 2001
    Age 62
    At a board meeting in fall 2001, Turner's outburst against AOL Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin eventually led to the latter's announced resignation effective in early 2002, being replaced by Richard Parsons.
    More Details Hide Details In contrast to Levin who as CEO isolated Turner from important company matters, Parsons did invite Turner back to provide strategic advice although Turner never received an operational role that he sought. The company dropped "AOL" from its name in 2003. In December 2009, AOL was spun off from the Time Warner conglomerate as a separate company. Turner was Time Warner's biggest individual shareholder. It is estimated he lost as much as $7 billion when the stock collapsed in the wake of the merger. When asked about buying back his former assets, he replied that he "can't afford them now". In June 2014 Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox made a bid for the company valuing it at $80 billion. The Time Warner board rejected the offer and it was formally withdrawn on August 5, 2014. Turner has a long-running grudge with fellow cable magnate Rupert Murdoch. This originated in 1983 when a Murdoch-sponsored yacht collided with Turner's boat during the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, causing it to sink 10 km from the finish line. At the post-race dinner, Turner verbally assaulted Murdoch, afterward challenging him to a televised fistfight in Las Vegas.
    On January 11, 2001, Time Warner was purchased by AOL to become AOL Time Warner, a merger which Turner initially supported.
    More Details Hide Details However, the burst of the dotcom bubble hurt the growth and profitability of the AOL division, which in turn dragged down the combined company's performance and stock price.
  • 1996
    Age 57
    Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. merged with Time Warner, Inc. on October 10, 1996, with Turner as vice chairman and head of Time Warner and Turner's cable networks division.
    More Details Hide Details Turner was dropped as head of cable networks by CEO Gerald Levin but remained as Vice Chairman of Time Warner.
  • 1995
    Age 56
    He helped revive interest in professional wrestling by buying World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and starting the Monday Night Wars in 1995, airing Monday Nitro on his TNT head-to-head against the World Wrestling Federation's Monday Night Raw on USA.
    More Details Hide Details Turner's penchant for controversial statements earned him the nicknames "The Mouth of the South" and "Captain Outrageous". Turner has also devoted his assets to environmental causes. He was the largest private landowner in the United States until John C. Malone surpassed him in 2011. He uses much of his land for ranches to re-popularize bison meat (for his Ted's Montana Grill chain), amassing the largest herd in the world. He also created the environmental-themed animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
  • 1993
    Age 54
    In 1993, Turner and Russian journalist Eduard Sagalajev founded The Moscow Independent Broadcasting Corporation (MIBC).
    More Details Hide Details This corporation operated the sixth frequency in Russian television and founded the Russian channel TV-6. The company was later purchased by Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky and an unknown group of private persons. In 2007 the license for TV-6 had expired and there was no application for renewal.
  • 1990
    Age 51
    In 1990, he created the Turner Foundation, which focuses on philanthropic grants in environment and population.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year he created Captain Planet, an environmental superhero. Turner produced two TV series with him as featured character.
  • 1988
    Age 49
    In 1988, he introduced Turner Network Television (TNT) with Gone with the Wind.
    More Details Hide Details TNT, initially showing older movies and television shows, added original programs and newer reruns. TNT used World Championship Wrestling (WCW) to attract a broader audience. Since launch in late 1994, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) broadcast the older MGM, Warner Bros., and RKO libraries. In the mid-1980s, Turner became a force for the colorization of black-and-white films. In 1985, the film Yankee Doodle Dandy became the first black-and-white movie redistributed in color after computer coloring. Despite opposition by film aficionados, stars, and directors, the movie won over a section of the public, and Turner colorized a majority of films that he had owned. However, in the mid-1990s, the cost led Turner to abandon the idea. In contrast with TNT, TCM has shown the unaltered versions of films. In 1992, the pre-May 1986 MGM library, which included Warner Bros. properties including the early Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies libraries and also the Fleischer Studios and Famous Studios Popeye cartoons from United Artists, became the core of Cartoon Network. A year before, Turner's companies purchased Hanna-Barbera Productions (whose longtime parent, Taft/Great American Broadcasting, had been headquartered in Turner's original hometown of Cincinnati), adding additional content. With the 1996 Time Warner merger, the channel's archives gained the later Warner Bros. cartoon library as well as other Time Warner-owned cartoons.
    In 1988, Turner purchased Jim Crockett Promotions which he renamed World Championship Wrestling (WCW) which became the main competitor to Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, under AOL Time Warner, it was sold to the World Wrestling Federation. In 1989, Turner created the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship for fiction offering positive solutions to global problems. The winner, from 2500 entries worldwide, was Daniel Quinn's Ishmael.
  • 1986
    Age 47
    Turner Entertainment Co. was established in August 1986 to oversee film and TV properties owned by Ted Turner.
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    Turner kept MGM's pre-May 1986 and pre-merger film and TV library, which included nearly all of MGM's material made before the merger, and a small portion of United Artists' film and TV properties which included few UA pictures, the TV series Gilligan's Island, the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to the RKO Radio Pictures library, and the pre-1950 Warner Bros. library and the Fleischer Studios/Famous Studios Popeye cartoons that both were once the property of Associated Artists Productions, which merged with United Artists Television in 1958.
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    After a failed attempt to acquire CBS, Turner purchased the film studio MGM/UA Entertainment Co. from Kirk Kerkorian in 1986 for $1.5 billion.
    More Details Hide Details Following the acquisition, Turner had an enormous debt and sold parts of the acquisition; Kerkorian bought back MGM/UA Entertainment. The MGM/UA Studio lot in Culver City was sold to Lorimar/Telepictures.
  • 1981
    Age 42
    In 1981, Turner Broadcasting System acquired Brut Productions from Faberge Inc.
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  • 1980
    Age 41
    Turner created the Cable News Network in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details He said: "We won't be signing off until the world ends. We'll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event... we'll play 'Nearer, My God, to Thee' before we sign off."
  • 1979
    Age 40
    In the 1979 Fastnet race, in a storm that killed 15 participants, he skippered Tenacious to a corrected-time victory.
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  • 1976
    Age 37
    In 1976, Turner bought the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks, partially to provide programming for WTCG.
    More Details Hide Details Using the rechristened WTBS' superstation status to beam Braves games into nearly every home in North America, Turner made the Braves a household name even before their run of success in the 1990s and early 2000s. At one point, he suggested to pitcher Andy Messersmith, who wore number 17, that he change his surname to "Channel" to promote the television station. In 1986, Turner founded the Goodwill Games. Broadcasting the events of these games provided his super-station the ability to provide Olympic-style sports programming that had been offered by only one of the three major networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) up to that time. Turner Field, first used for the 1996 Summer Olympics as Centennial Olympic Stadium and then converted into a baseball-only facility for the Braves, is named after him.
    In 1976, the FCC allowed Turner's WTCG to use a satellite to transmit content to local cable TV providers around the nation.
    More Details Hide Details On December 17, 1976, the rechristened WTCG-TV Super-Station began to broadcast old movies, situation comedy reruns, cartoons, and sports nationwide to cable-TV subscribers. As cable systems developed, many carried his station to free their schedules. This increased his viewers and advertising. Subscribers eventually reached two million subscribers and Turner's net worth rose to $100 million. He bought a plantation in Jacksonboro, South Carolina, for $2 million. In 1978, Turner struck a deal with a student-operated radio station at MIT, Technology Broadcasting System to obtain the rights to the WTBS call sign for $50,000. This allowed Turner to strengthen the branding of his "Super-Station" using the acronym TBS; Turner Communications Group was renamed Turner Broadcasting System and WTCG was renamed as WTBS.
  • 1969
    Age 30
    In 1969, he sold his radio stations to buy a struggling television station in Atlanta, WJRJ, Channel 17.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, UHF stations did well only in markets without VHF stations, like Fresno, California, or in markets with only one station on VHF. Independent UHF stations were not ratings winners or that profitable even in larger markets, but Turner had the foresight that this would change as people wanted more than several choices. He changed the call sign to WTCG (standing for "Watch This Channel Grow"). Initially, the station ran old movies from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, along with theatrical cartoons and very old sitcoms and old drama shows. As better syndicated product fell off the VHF stations, Turner would pick it up for his station at a very low price. WTCG ran mostly second- and even third-hand product of the time, including fare such as Gilligan's Island, I Love Lucy, Star Trek, Hazel, and Bugs Bunny. WTCG acquired rights to telecast the Atlanta Braves baseball games in 1973. Turner also purchased UHF Channel 36 WRET (now WCNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina and ran it with a format similar to WTCG.
  • 1963
    Age 24
    Following his father's March 1963 suicide, Turner became president and chief executive of Turner Advertising Company when he was 24 and turned the firm into a global enterprise.
    More Details Hide Details He joined the Young Republicans, saying "he felt at ease among these budding conservatives and was merely following in Ed Turner's far-right footsteps," according to It Ain't As Easy As It Looks. During the Vietnam War Era, Turner's business prospered; it "had virtual monopolies in Savannah, Macon, Columbus, and Charleston" and was "the largest outdoor advertising company in the Southeast", according to It Ain’t As Easy As It Looks. The book observed that Turner "discovered his father had sheltered a substantial amount of taxable income over the years by personally lending it back to the company" and "discovered that the billboard business could be a gold mine, a tax-depreciable revenue stream that threw off enormous amounts of cash with almost no capital investment". In the late 1960s, Turner began buying Southern radio stations.
    Turner's media empire began with his father's billboard business, Turner Outdoor Advertising, which he took over in 1963 after his father's suicide.
    More Details Hide Details It was worth $1 million. His purchase of an Atlanta UHF station in 1970 began the Turner Broadcasting System. CNN revolutionized news media, covering the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986 and the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Turner turned the Atlanta Braves baseball team into a nationally popular franchise and launched the charitable Goodwill Games.
  • 1960
    Age 21
    After leaving Brown University, Turner returned to the South in late 1960 to become general manager of the Macon, Georgia branch of his father's business.
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  • 1938
    Turner was born on November 19, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Florence (née Rooney) and Robert Edward Turner II, a billboard magnate.
    More Details Hide Details When he was nine, his family moved to Savannah, Georgia. He attended The McCallie School, a private boys' preparatory school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Turner attended Brown University and was vice-president of the Brown Debating Union and captain of the sailing team. He became a member of Kappa Sigma. Turner initially majored in Classics. Turner's father wrote saying that his choice made him "appalled, even horrified", and that he "almost puked". Turner later changed his major to Economics, but before receiving a diploma, he was expelled for having a female student in his dormitory room. Turner was awarded an honorary B.A. from Brown University in November 1989 when he returned to campus to keynote the National Association of College Broadcasters second annual conference.
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