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HLN logo.svg
Launched January 1, 1982
Owned by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
(a Time Warner company)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan "News and Views"
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area United States, Canada, Latin America, The Caribbean, Asia, Australia (some Hotels only)
Headquarters CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Formerly called CNN2 (January 1982 — January 1983)
Headline News and CNN Headline News (to December 17, 2008)
Sister channel(s) CNN
CNN Airport Network
CNN en Español
CNN International
Website HLN
Audio via some radio stations Check local listings
DirecTV 204
Dish Network 202
Available on most US and Canadian cable systems Check local listings
Satellite radio
Sirius 133
XM 123
Available on most IPTV systems Check local listings

HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News and CNN2 is a cable television news channel based in the United States and a spinoff of the original cable news channel, CNN. Initially airing tightly-formatted 30-minute newscasts around the clock, since 2005 the channel has increasingly aired long-form pop culture news and opinion programming.





Original CNN2 Logo

Initially broadcast as CNN2 on January 1, 1982, the network renamed itself one year later to CNN Headline News. The use of "CNN" in the title of the network has been intermittent throughout the network's broadcast years.

The network's programming focused around the idea that a viewer could tune in at any time and, in just 30 minutes, receive the most popular national and international stories, in addition to feature reports. The format, known as the Headline News Wheel, featured "Dollars and Sense" personal finance reports at 15 and 45 minutes past each hour, Headline Sports at 20 and 50 minutes, lifestyle reports at 25 and 55 minutes past each hour, and general news during the top (:00) and bottom (:30) of the hour. Another regular feature was the "Hollywood Minute" which was often fitted in after the Headline Sports segment. In the network's early years, a two-minute recap of the hour's top stories, the CNN Headlines, would run after the sports segment. Its longest-serving anchor is Chuck Roberts, who has been there since its launch.[citation needed]

The Jukebox effect

In the late 1990s, Headline News pioneered using a digital video jukebox to recycle segments of one newscast seamlessly into another newscast. The new technology led towards the network needing less staff due to the ability to use segments throughout an entire day (it replaced the former method of having anchors read the same stories repeatedly hour after hour, with the second 15 minutes of each half hour in the wheel being on videotape every third and fourth hour). During this period, the network laid off part of its staff, including such stalwart anchors as Lyn Vaughn, David Goodnow and Bob Losure, all of whom had been with Headline News for over 10 years.

A new look

Before the September 11, 2001 attacks, the network became noted for its distinct "screen" starting in August 2001, in which the news anchor (or news footage) appears in a sort of visual "window" surrounded by constantly changing text, such as breaking news, sports scores, stock market reports, and weather updates.

Format changes

Due to the growing competition from the Fox News Channel and MSNBC, Time Warner revamped CNN Headline News in 2003 towards a more flexible format, featuring live reports and two anchors hosting the network's rolling news coverage.

Headline Prime title card

By far, the network's most drastic changes came in 2005 when the network dramatically scaled back the amount of on-screen information following much scrutiny and lampooning of the format, such as USA Today calling the screen a "jumbled mess." The new look would consist of a yellow bar, which featured sports scores and stock quotes, in addition to a basic news ticker. The network also began a shift away from their rolling news coverage throughout primetime to longer, personality-based programs, under the title Headline Prime in February of the same year.

The network's new programs included Showbiz Tonight with A. J. Hammer and Karyn Bryant, a program focusing on the celebrity news of the day; an eponymous legal news and discussion program hosted by Nancy Grace; and a general national news program titled Prime News Tonight hosted by Mike Galanos. This eliminated the main difference between CNN Headline News and CNN during primetime, which had always broadcast a variety of news-related programs, such as documentaries and personality-based shows like Larry King Live.

Expansions and additions

After the network achieved a ratings gain following the primetime lineup changes, the network introduced a new group of changes to the primetime, moving the airing of Showbiz Tonight, removing Karyn Bryant as a co-host, and the addition of a self-titled talk show, hosted by talk radio personality Glenn Beck in May 2006. Beck left the channel to join Fox News Channel in 2008.[citation needed]

Also during 2006, Headline News once again shifted towards more taped weekend program using its digital jukebox system to shuffle different segments of the newscast, unless breaking news occurs. In addition, Headline Prime was expanded into the weekend with the same programs in the same timeslots.[citation needed]

Recent changes

Continuing changes on the network, Headline News introduced a new set in December 2006.

Programming changes have also taken place, with the introduction of News To Me, a program featuring only user-generated content, in May, a daily broadcast of the previous evening's Larry King Live, in June, and a shift towards the network's rolling news coverage being handled by a single anchor, deviating from the network's traditional dual anchor format since 2003. The Larry King Live re-air has been replaced by a re-air of Showbiz Tonight from the previous evening.

1990s logo on a table in the food court at CNN Center

On December 15, 2008, in conjunction with CNN's own graphics changes, which resemble the graphics of its sister network CNN International, the network replaced their news ticker with a "flipper" which features an RSS feed of the current headlines on[1] The same day, the current HLN logo was introduced, initially alongside the channel's full name. Two days later, the "Headline News" name was removed from on-air use, and a new slogan, "News and Views", was introduced. The 'Headline News' name remains in use for on-screen copyright notices.[2]

CNN Student News

CNN Student News is a student news program targeted for the classroom that runs from 4:00 to 4:10am(ET) Monday to Friday as part of the cable industry's Cable in the Classroom inititave, as anchor Carl Azuz reports the day's news in a simplified format (stories with graphic imagery or adult themes are usually left out from this newscast). CNN Student News is also available as a free podcast on the CNN Student News website or on iTunes.

Transmission and reception

Due to the network's tradition of rolling news coverage, the network has become popular with people who may not have time to watch lengthy news reports, in addition to places where a high demand for "get to the point" news exists, such as airports, bars, and many other places.

Since its inception, Headline News has been syndicated to network television affiliates in the United States. Audio of the channel has also been simulcast on AM radio stations across the country via Westwood One. As of 2007, however, these affiliations are being phased out due to the format changes on the channel.

The audio feed is also carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 123, and Sirius Satellite Radio channel 133. Until the early 1990s, much of Headline News' output was simulcast on CNN International.

Asia and Latin America

In the mid-2000s, the channel has been made available to some viewers outside the US, particularly in Asia and Latin America. While the international version's programme line-up is exactly the same as in the US, weather forecasts for Asian and Latin American cities are used as break fillers in lieu of commercials.


HLN presents a small variety of programming, providing rolling news coverage from the early morning through the late afternoon (Eastern Time), followed by subject-oriented programming during primetime hours.

Weekday Schedule

6:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 10:00 PM 11:00 PM
Monday - Friday Morning Express with Robin Meade Morning Express Showbiz Tonight News and Views Prime News Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell Nancy Grace The Joy Behar Show Nancy Grace Showbiz Tonight


  • All times are in the Eastern Time Zone.
  • Programming highlighted in blue indicates a replay from the same day (or the day before, in the case of Showbiz Tonight at 11AM)
  • From 12 Midnight - 6AM, The Joy Behar Show, Issues With Jane Velez Mitchell, Nancy Grace, and Showbiz Tonight are replayed.
  • Rolling news hours throughout the afternoon are anchored by Christi Paul, Chuck Roberts and Richelle Carey
  • Richard Lui anchors the 10 AM hour with it branded as "Morning Express"

Weekend programming:

  • Rolling news is shown during most of the daytime but the 2nd and succeeding hours are rebroadcasts of the first hour with stories and segments shuffled. Susan Hendricks steps-in at 7AM and Natasha Curry steps-in at 1PM ET.
  • From 6pm to 6AM, repeats of primetime shows such as, Nancy Grace and Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell are shown.
  • The Clark Howard show features Atlanta-based consumer affairs expert Clark Howard who answers viewer questions on personal finance. The program is a mix of the best calls of the week from his WSB (750)/Cox Radio-syndicated radio program and other consumer tips and ripoff alerts offered by Howard.

The channel's sonic logo, tag, audio mnemonic was produced by Musikvergnuegen and written by Walter Werzowa from the Austrian 1980s sampling band Edelweiss.[3]


During its first year, Headline News had a competitor in the form of Group W's Satellite News Channel, which lasted from June 21, 1982, until October 27, 1983. SNC's satellite slot was then purchased by Turner to launch Headline News into further additional homes.

When CNN networks moved in to the CNN Center in 1987, HLN became the first network to broadcast a live programme from that new facility at 3.00 ET, the programme being "Headline News Program # 96,915" presented by Lyn Vaughn. The last program from their old studio at Techwood Drive was anchored by Brian Christie.

On January 8, 1992, Headline News was almost the victim of a hoax. President Bush had fainted at a state dinner in Tokyo, and a caller claiming to be the president's physician called and claimed that Bush had died. At 9:45 a.m., anchorman Don Harrison prepared to break the story, stating "This just in to CNN Headline News, and we say right off the bat, we have not confirmed this through any other sources..." Another person, off camera, said, "No. Stop." [1] After glancing away momentarily, Harrison continued, "We are now getting a correction. We will not give you that story. It was regarding some rather tragic news involving President Bush, but updating that story, President Bush is reported to be resting comfortably." [4]. The perpetrator turned out to be an Idaho man who was later hospitalized at a private mental facility.[5]

Anchors and reporters (past and present)

See also


  1. ^,0,2043498.story
  2. ^ Headline News Becomes "HLN", TVNewser, December 17, 2008
  3. ^ Paul Morley (2003-10-19). "Boot me up, Dessie". The Observer (Guardian Media Group).,3858,4774366-111639,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  4. ^ "CNN nearly said president had died," AP report in Stars and Stripes, January 10, 1992, p3
  5. ^ "Alleged Hoax Caller in Mental Hospital," The Post-Standard (Syracuse), January 10, 1992, pA-5

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