"Our future is in our hands. We do have global communications, and we know what's going on all over the world, and we know what's right, and we know what's wrong. The question is, are we going to do something about it?"
About This Interview
In his nearly three-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Ted Turner talks about his start in the billboard industry and how that led him into the broadcasting industry. He describes purchasing his first independent TV station in Atlanta, leasing space on RCA's communication satellite, SATCOM II, and launching the world's first superstation (later known at TBS). He discusses the birth of the world's first 24-hour television news station, CNN, and the subsequent launch of CNN Headline News, and CNN Espanol. Turner also outlines purchasing Hanna-Barbera's library and the creation of the Cartoon Network. He talks of launching networks TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), and shares how he acquired MGM and embarked upon the colorization of black and white movies. He speaks about his merger with Time Warner, and his baseball team, the Atlanta Braves, winning the 1995 World Series. He concludes by addressing the responsibility and power of the media and the dangers of media consolidation, and talks of his vision for the future of television. Michael Rosen conducted the two-part interview in Santa Monica, CA and Atlanta, GA. on June 12 and December 6, 1999.