May 21, 2022



CNN Doomsday Video

When CNN launched in June 1980, it was prepared to last forever, or at least the end of the world. Founder Ted Turner paved the way for the 24-hour news cycle.

He was so confident that CNN would last he prepared his network for Earth’s final days. Rumors of an alleged doomsday video became folklore. It was supposedly created before CNN’s launch and to be aired by the last living CNN employee. Before the world’s demise. It was just a rumor until it wasn’t rumors of end time.

Videos began in 1988 from The New Yorker and The Daily News in 2001. It remained a mystery until 2009, when an intern found it and recorded it. Michael Balaban was that intern and in a 2015 article for Gawker’s, it revealed the video which was listed in CNN’s archives under the name Turner doomsday video HRF, which stands for hold for release.

According to the article, “barring satellite problems, we won’t be signing off until the world ends, Turner declared and in anticipation he prepared a final video segment for the apocalypse will be on and will cover the end of the world live, and that will be our last Event we’ll play the national anthem only one time on the first of June and when the end of the world comes we’ll play, never my God to thee before we sign off according to the rap comm Ted Turner, ominously explained, then, as things cranked up, I asked That they play nearer my God to thee, to put on videotape just think he’s the world ever came to an end. That would be the last thing CNN played before we signed off, and I tell you those guys in the military bands knew what I was up to”


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