The Beginning of the 24-Hour News Cycle

June 1, 1980

CNN (Central News Network), the world’s first 24-hour news network makes its debut broadcast. CNN forever changed the notion that the news could only be reported at certain times during the day. Founded by Ted Turner, CNN created the 24-hour news cycle which created an increased demand for news stories or stories presented as news.  It has been theorized that the development of the 24-hour international news cycle created what many social and media experts call the “CNN effect” to describe the perceived impact of real time, 24-hour news coverage on public opinion and policy decisions.

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