Up All Night Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News
  • Imprint: Abrams Press
  • Publication Date: May 25, 2021
  • Price: $17.00
  • Trim Size: 5 12 x 8 14
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-5179-0
  • EAN: 9781419751790
  • Page Count: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: World English
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The wild inside story of the birth of CNN and dawn of the age of 24-hour news

How did we get from an age of dignified nightly news broadcasts on three national networks to the age of 24-hour news channels and constantly breaking news? The answer—thanks to Ted Turner and an oddball cast of cable television visionaries, big league rejects, and nonunion newbies—can be found in the basement of an abandoned country club in Atlanta. Because it was there, in the summer of 1980, that this motley crew launched CNN.
Lisa Napoli’s Up All Night is an entertaining inside look at the founding of the upstart network that set out to change the way news was delivered and consumed, and succeeded beyond even the wildest imaginings of its charismatic and uncontrollable founder. Mixing media history, a business adventure story, and great characters, this is a fun book on the making of the world we live in now.

Praise

“This detailed account of the birth and life of live 24/7 coverage unfolds with great energy. It tells the story of how journalism was transformed by a cast of quirky and brilliant characters with lots of vision and hard work. This book shows how important it is to understand CNN's history and backstory to fully appreciate where we are today in cable news and fast journalism.”
— Soledad O’Brien, journalist, CEO Soledad O’Brien Productions
“A page-turning hybrid of biography, media analysis, and business history.”
Kirkus Reviews
“…a breezy, tightly-written origin story.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“… an artful, anecdote-rich account of Mr. Turner and CNN.”
The Wall Street Journal
“The book is fast-paced and chock-full of fascinating tidbits and hilarious anecdotes.”
The National Book Review

About the author

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Lisa Napoli began her career as an unpaid teenage intern at CNN’s New York bureau in the summer of 1991. As a journalist, she has worked at the New York Times, Marketplace, MSNBC, and KCRW. She is the author of two previous books, Radio Shangri-La and Ray & Joan. She lives in Los Angeles.