Press: One-Two Punch

ABC-Group W cable team

When Ted Turner launched his Cable News Network last year, broadcasting insiders condescendingly predicted that the "Mouth of the South" had finally bitten off more than he could chew. They were convinced that American TV viewers, accustomed to half an hour of headline skimming on the networks each evening, would never tune in a 24-hour news channel in sufficient numbers to support Turner's expensive satellite system. Barely a year later, CNN has corralled a potential audience of 8 million, won applause for its live coverage of breaking news, and is on the verge of turning a profit.

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