CNN Center, Atlanta
The place, apart from being one of the world's leading news broadcasters, offers peek-a-boo tours or, if you want, you can try how good a TV host YOU really are!
Also, a large food court offering unexpensive fast foods.
CNN/US has been historically the chain of news by cable leader and the flagship of the CNN. Hurled June 1, 1980, CNN provides analysis and information of the last news. Besides its programming is formed by financial programs, of sports, entertainment, health, science, the time and interviews. The chain suffered large modifications in its programming after the American elections of the year 2000 and the terrorist attacks of the 11 September of 2001.
With a format of news each half an hour during 24 hours a day, CNN Headline News reports of the most important news in health, technology, meteorology, famous, the environment, sports, traffic and finances besides the last news. It emits since a gifted study with the last technologies in the central headquarters of the CNN in Atlanta.
CNN Center is just across from the Centennial Park. The building used to be the OMNI Hotel, and now only a little part of it remains as such.
In the lower level, there's a big food court with options for every taste. There are a couple of stores as well, from a book store, to sports merchandising.
But, the good part of all this is the guided tour. It costs around $10 and it lasts about 50 minutes. They take you to see the studios, show you how the blue screen works, etc.
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I have never been here, but the people I have spoken to really enjoyed it. Its not the best thing to do in ATL, but I guess its okay to see once...just to say you've seen it. One of those been there, done that things.
We found the tour around the CNN building a fascinating insight as to how television works. It helped of course that our son is a Media student. You even get to see a live broadcast going out. You can also have your picture taken at the News desk. A very touristy thing to do but very interesting.
Inside is one of the longest escallators I've ever seen and in the centre of the building they have their own large Food mall.
Ok, so Atlanta is not really thought of as the media center of America. But, I think it should be the 'media capital' because of one network that changed the face of how Americans, much less the world, get their news. You MUST visit CNN Center. Yeah, it's just a building with a lot of shops and restaurants. But this is where history was made. CNN is know all over the world. Though I don't think it's the best news channel, if I ever want news at any time of the day, I know that I can turn to CNN and it will be broadcasting. Alongside CNN Center is Olympic Park, the Georgia Dome and Convention Center, and Philipps Arena.
Old history of the building: it used to be known as the 'Omni' and once housed an ice-skating rink. I skated there when I was a child, and I think the place was a lot cooler back then.
Whether you believe CNN or not, it's worth to have a peek in the heart of this machine. Just across the street from the Centennial Park, you can be in and out in a heartbeat, or take your time to go on a tour of the news studios.
Of course, like all other places, the ground floor is a big shopping mall, where you can buy souvenirs... or you can just take a pic w/ all the flags (I was surprised they even had my native Bulgaria's flag).
Very nice visit behind the scenes!!!!
I liked the weather map most and also the short way a story takes until it goes live.
CNN Tour Hours of Operation:
Monday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tours depart every 10 minutes.
CNN Tour Admission Rates
Child (4-12) $7.00
Seniors (65 and older) $8.00
Group (20+ Guests) $9.00
Combo Tickets $22.00
You get to see the studios where the news is made. The cnn tour last about 45 minutes. The photo shows how weathermen point to various states and weather conditions on the map. After this point, where things get interesting you are not allowed to take pictures. This is where you get to see the people behind the sceenes who help to make the news. In the international area you may have the best chance of catching a boadcast live.
CNN is know world wide for its news broadcast and other features. It is the home to the Weather Channel and the Turner Studios. You can take a tour of the CNN Studio's here. You can also do lots of souvineer shopping for items from Turner Studios. There are several restaurants here and also a food court. As you walk in the door you can almost hear James Earl Jones voice saying "We're CNN."
One of the most widely known things about Atlanta is that it is the home of CNN. It's story is somewhat interesting. Back in the mid 1970's Ted Turner bought a small, struggling TV station. It was so bad that it would periodically just go off the air. What made it a success was old movies and the Atlanta Braves. Now the Turner group includes CNN, CNN Headline, CNN Espanol, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, The Cartoon Network and Turner South. The tour covers some of this and shows some of the studios including the special effects one where the blue background is used, particularly for weather maps. The photo shows a demonstration room with 30+ monitors. The actual news center has 100 monitors. It is an interesting place to visit.
The tours run daily from 9:00 to 17:00, last about 45 minutes and depart every 10 minutes. Cost: $10, $9 for Seniors, $7 for children. Young children are not allowed so check the website for more info and reservations.
Go to the CNN center and take the elevators to the top floor, go to the corner window and sit on the ledge where you will have a wonderful view of the city! You can also take a studio tour and get on live TV. Try to catch a show at Philips Arena next door.
There's also an Omni Hotel in the building, but the main attraction is the world headquarters of this pioneering news organization. You can take a tour and see the 24 hour news being broadcast all over the world.
The tours starts by going up the world's longest escalator and lasts a little less than an hour. You'll need to book at least 2 days in advance and hold the reservation with a credit card ($8 per person, no children under 6 years old are allowed).
The CNN tour is interesting. It is a 45 minute guided tour through the various networks of Ted Turner's empire. They do some TV demonstrations and show you the actual floor where CNN comes from -- actually you see about six of the departments -- CNN, Headline news, CNN International, Spanish CNN and more.
We had been told to get tickets a day in advance, but if you go early, you may get in right away the way we did. We went on a weekend. Problem with that is news is mostly a week-day thing. We were told that nobody watches CNN on weekends, so they send most everbody home -- nobody to watch on the tour.
The other thing I found frustrating is they do not let you take pictures after the first 10 minutes of the tour (i.e. no studio pictures). Protecting their copyrights I guess.
Price in 2004 was $10 per adult.
phiips arena is the home of the hawks, and thrashers and where most concerts are. u can either buy tickets at the main ticket office on cent. park drive, or go to the scalper on cent park drive and merietta st. (decatur st. turns into merietta st.) look for the scalper named ted, a heavy set black guy wearing a ball cap. hes go everything and will always work on the price with u. i gone through him a thousand times and never had any problems. if u want his personal number just email me. same goes for all falcon games, u can eaiterh get tickets at the stadium (off blvd ave) or by cnn center.... if u are going to cnn cnn, i highly recommend the cnn studio tour. i been on it 3 times and its always interesting. even if u dont watch cnn (i am a fox news kind of guy) i always heard positive things about the tour... a must do while in atlanta