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Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Type Subsidiary of Time Warner
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia,  United States
Key people Philip I. Kent (Chairman and CEO)
Industry Entertainment
Cable Television
Interactive Media
Parent Time Warner
Divisions CNN
Turner Classic Movies
Cartoon Network

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (often abbreviated TBS Networks or TBS, Inc.) is the company managing the collection of cable networks and properties started by Robert Edward "Ted" Turner in the mid-1970s.

The company's current assets include CNN, HLN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, TruTV, Turner Classic Movies, and over-the-air Atlanta station WPCH-17 (formerly WTBS, a near-simulcast of the national TBS). Turner Broadcasting does not include The CW Television Network, HBO and Cinemax.

TBS, Inc. merged with Time Warner in 1996, and now operates as a semi-autonomous unit of Time Warner. The current chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting is Philip I. Kent.





In 1970, Ted Turner, then head of a successful Atlanta-based outdoor advertising firm, purchased WJRJ-Atlanta, Channel 17, a small, struggling UHF station, and renamed it WTCG, for parent company Turner Communications Group. Through careful programming acquisitions, Turner guided the station to success. In December 1976, WTCG originated the "superstation" concept, transmitting via satellite to cable systems.

In 1979, the company changed its name to Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) and the call letters of its flagship entertainment channel to WTBS, now TBS.


In 1980, the company broke new ground with the launch of CNN, the first 24-hour all-news network, forever changing the way the world saw breaking news.

In 1984, Turner launched Cable Music Channel, his competition to MTV. The channel was short-lived, but helped mold and launch the original format of VH1.

In 1988, the company launched TNT.


Turner expanded its presence in film production and distribution, first with the 1991 purchase of the failing Hanna-Barbera Productions. New Line Cinema and Castle Rock Entertainment would be acquired three years later.[1][2] Turner launched Cartoon Network in 1992.

Turner Broadcasting merged with Time Warner and has grown at a phenomenal pace and now reaches more than 200 countries and territories around the world.


In 2003, Philip I. Kent succeeded Jamie Kellner as chairman. The former The WB Network was brought to the fold in 2001 during Kellner's watch, but returned to Warner Bros. in 2003 with the departure of Kellner.

In early 2006, the company sold Turner South to Fox Cable Networks creating SportSouth, a regional sports channel. Fox assumed control of the network on May 1, and at the beginning of the newest NHL season, rebranded it as SportSouth, coincidentally the former name of FSN South when Turner owned the network in partnership with Liberty Media, from its founding in 1990, until 1997.

In May 2006, Turner Broadcasting, which already owned 50% of Court TV, purchased the remaining half from Liberty Media.

Also in May 2006, Ted Turner attended his last meeting as a board member of Time Warner and officially parted with the company.

In August 2006, Turner Broadcasting, along with Boomerang UK, volunteered to edit and censor most of the Hanna-Barbera shows after Ofcom UK received a complaint that the cigar smoking in a Tom & Jerry short was inappropriate.[3]


U.S. domestic



Interactive/broadband sites



Latin America

The channels in Latin America are controlled by "Turner Broadcasting System Latin America", headquarted in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It broadcasts Latin American versions of U.S. channels, and also channels that are exclusive for the region.


Other regions



External links

UK links


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