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.
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.
One of the reasons for my visit to Atlanta this year was to speak at a seminar occuring in the CNN center in Atlanta. Since I was already going to be onsite at the center, I decided to take the inside tour of how CNN produces its news coverage and gets it out to the public. The tour consists of a guided information tour of the different studio sets, how the reports are found, edited, added to the prompters, and how the reporters get the news out to you. In addition, they show a little of the technology involved in making the product look good to the end user, including teleprompters, green screens, and other little industry tidbits.
The tour lasted almost an hour, and our group had 10 people, but the tour before us had about 25. You will start by taking the largest free standing escalator in the world up 8 stories, and then slowly walk downstairs past all the studios.
During one of the sessions, you will have the opportunity to pose for a photo behind a news anchor desk, and then purchase that professional photo. In order to maximize profit on this endeavor, they do require no photography on the tour.
Overall, this was an interesting tour, and I would likely do it again for the first time if I had this knowledge.
Cost as of Nov. 2008 was $12 per person, and photos were available as a set for $20.
Youth (4-18): $9
Senior (65+): $11
Group (20+): $10/person (ages 19+)
$8/person (ages 4-18)
Children 3 and under are free, but must have a ticket.
Reservations: Reservations are highly recommended and can be made Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. by calling 404.827.2300 or toll free at 1.877.4CNNTOUR
Hours: The Inside CNN tour is open daily from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm with tours departing approximately every 10 minutes.
This is a large indoor building housing the TV center nucleus of CNN and a number of shops and retail eating places. Tickets to get a tour of the center is $13.00 and $11.75 for seniors. Tour times are generally 9-5.
Take a tour of the CNN studio and learn about the history of the CNN news that is brought to billions of people every day. The guided tour takes about 50 minutes, you can take this tour 7 days a week from 9 to 5 and they start about every 10 minutes. Fees for the tours are $12 for adults and kids 4-18 is $9.
The global headquarters of CNN (Cable News Network) and Turner Broadcasting (The Parent Company) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Atlanta. Visitors get the chance to go behind the scenes of CNN’s international networks on the CNN Studio Tour for a view of the Global Headquarters of CNN, being able to browse through over 25 years of CNN footage and even include a bird’s eye view of the newsroom in action.
Child (4-18): $10
Senior (65+): $12
Children 3 and under are free, but must have a ticket.
Sunday to Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Tours departing every 10 minutes
pictured is the CNN center which is home to the multi national Cable News Network. CNN was founded by ted turner and was the first cable news television network in america. CNN's viewer ship grew significantly with their coverage of the first gulf war and the first o.j. simpson trial. CNN's success spawned a number of competing networks such as FoxNews, CNBC, and MSNBC. they offer a interesting one hour tour of the operation where you can see the news rooms, control room, and other behind the scenes aspects of the network. a interesting thing to do when in downtown atlanta. see the attached website for tour information.
The center features tours throughout the day, usually every 20 minutes spread. The groups are around 20-30 people each when busy. Prices for the tour is $13 for adults. The tour was, at best medicore. There is not a lot to see, and the tour guides run you through the various spots to see the TV tele promptors and employees that set up the agenda, that there is little time to view, and ask questions. They take you up and then down 8 flights of stairs, and while we were there no elevator working (for last 5 months) so did not get to see the globe inside of the world, or use the elevator to descend. They do "somewhat pressure" you into a purchase of picture behind a desk for $20, and at the end, you are dropped off at the gift shop that is packed with CNN paraphernalia. The tour lasts about 50 minutes, but the real tour portion closer to 40 minutes.
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.
We take ir for granted to switch the tv on, and watch CNN.
Do this tour, which is well guided, and very informative.
It is great to see how all of what we see is being put together.
All together, a very pleasent experience
The Inside CNN tour starts from the 8th floor and works down to the lobby with stops at various studios and offices along the way. It was very interesting to go behind the scenes of this huge network while they were broadcasting live.
Be advised that you will go through an airport-type security process (including a bag search) before entering, and the 1-hour tour involves walking down steps. Also, you can't take your own pictures during the tour, but you can take one behind a newsdesk, which can be purchased at the gift shop for $20.
There is a public atrium and food court in the lobby.
Start your tour by riding the world's tallest free standing escalator--hovering eight stories above the CNN center atrium. Then work your way back down stairs throughout the tour.
The tour starts in a small theater with an explanation of the control room function then progresses to a set mock up complete with anchor desk and green screen. You can get your picture taken behind the anchor desk here and purchase it at the end of the tour in the CNN store. Once you depart the mock set you will take a peek into CNN world headquarters set, the CCN Atlanta set, and CNN Espanol. Then the tour ends with a short video featuring their top news anchors, such as Soledad O'Brien and Wolf Blitzer and a stop at the CNN store. For an additional fee you can get a professionally done news cast done complete with costume.
Tours depart every 10 minutes daily from 9AM to 5PM and only cost $12.
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.
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
We took the quick tour. It lasted about 45 minutes most of which was spent riding a giant escalator up and then walking back down stairs (take note people that cannot take the stairs).
They start with a brief "control room" display to show you how there are different feeds that the director has to look at. You can overhear them giving directions and such. Then you get to look down into the various newsrooms.
To be honest, we went on a Sunday and not much was going on since it was the weekend. If you are really interested in seeing the tour, I would recommend coming during the week in order to observe some activity. Otherwise, there isn't much to recommend going.