CNN: 15 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

We already brought you part one of this list of little known facts about CNN, one of the most famous news networks ever to exist. Here is part two of our article.

Number Eight: ‘The CNN Effect’

This is an actual theory in political science and media studies. The theory asserts that the development of this news network had a huge impact on the conduct of foreign policy around the world during the Cold War.

Number Seven: Launched Their Website in 1995 would grow to become one of the most visited websites in the entire world. It started, however, as an experiment called CNN Interactive.

Number Six: They Have Spin-Off Networks in Other Countries

The network does not only broadcast in the United States but also in far off places. Some of these countries include Indonesia, Turkey, and the Philippines.

Number Five: Celebrity Controversy

In 2009, musical artist M.I.A did an hour long interview with the news source speaking out about important political issues, including mass bombings and civilian fatalities in Sri Lanka. She claims they cut down her interview to one minute, citing her use of the word “Genocide” (not allowed on air) as the reason.

Number Four: They Won a Freedom of Speech Award

Slightly ironic considering the last fact on this list, but CNN received the Four Freedom Award, which celebrates free speech. This happened in 1998, 18 years after the network’s creation.

Number Three: Still Has Original Bureaus in Operation

CNN opened bureaus in both Chicago and Atlanta when it was first formed. Those two are still in existence along with later additions that opened in NYC, San Francisco, and more.

Number Two: CNN Launched Unsuccessful Specialty Channels

The tried out a sports news channel titled CNNSI, and a business news channel CNNfn. Neither of them were very popular, however, and shut down a mere few years after launching.

Number One: They Have a Film Division

This started in 2012 and is titled CNN Films. The main focus of this division is documentaries, and it aired a made-for-TV series focusing on the struggle of girls’ education as its first acquisition. We hoped you enjoyed part two of this list.