Pasadena, Calif. -- Promising to provide 'real news, real fast,' CNN Headline
News will receive a major on-air overhaul Aug. 6 that executives said will
deliver news in a timely fashion for busy consumers.
Executive vice president and general manager Teya Ryan said Wednesday at the
Television Critics Association tour here that the revamped Headline News would
provide a faster-paced news format for what she referred to as 'time warriors,'
or consumers on the go.
The network will still offer news, sports, entertainment and money segments
within a 15- to 20-minute block, but it will provide more instant live reports
for breaking-news stories than in the past, Ryan said. 'You will see things that
come in very specific and predictable times,' she added.
Operators will continue to receive two five-minute blocks for local news each
hour, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. executives said.
The network's on-air screen will be split, with constantly updated
financial-market news, sports information and weather updates on the bottom and
a live anchor shot on the top. The network telecast will originate from a new,
multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art circular studio with 17 cameras that will
house a team of five to six anchors at a time.
'I think [Headline News] has gone from something that was credible but had
not had a facelift or a good coat of paint on it in many years to something that
is dazzling,' TBS Inc. chairman and CEO Jamie Kellner said.
Turner executives said the network would not immediately increase licensing
fees for the news network in light of the changes.
In other Turner news, Kellner said TBS would look for opportunities to
repurpose programming for Turner Network Television not only from sister
broadcast network The WB Television Network, but potentially from other
broadcast networks, although no deals are pending.
Turner has reached an agreement to air episodes of The WB's Charmed
one week after their debut on the broadcast network, but it has yet to announce
specific cable airdates.