CNN Moves Out of Atlanta

CNN is moving out of downtown Atlanta but is not leaving Georgia. The giant media company expects to be out of its downtown Atlanta offices by the end of 2023 and relocate its Georgia operations to the Warner Bros. Discovery Techwood Turner Broadcasting campus a few miles to the north, according to the Washington Examiner. “According to the Journal-Constitution other cable networks’ departments, including for TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, and truTV are based at the Techwood campus.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution pointed out one symbolic aspect of the move: the closing of the CNN Center will remove the network’s logo from the downtown skyline, where its been a fixture for years. As reported, CNN had occupied the building for more than 35 years.

Newsmax elaborated, informing that “All weekday anchors are based in New York or Washington, D.C.,” then further informed that “significant international and digital operations are still in Atlanta. According to AdWeek, CNN has already moved it master control operations to the Techwood campus.”

The larger picture is financial. CNN’s former parent company, AT&T, “had sold the downtown CNN Center in 2021 for nearly $164 million as a cost-cutting move.” As Newsmax reported, “Smaller space at their Midtown Techwood property is already being prepared. Ted Turner brought the property to start CNN in 1979.”

An emotional component attending the move is manifest. “I am heartbroken,” said Tom Johnson, CNN president from 1990 to 2001. “So many of my friends tell me how they’re going to miss that wonderful CNN logo on top of CNN Center. It just meant so much to us.”

D & B Staff

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