HLN (TV channel)

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HLN
HLN logo.svg
LaunchedJanuary 1, 1982
Owned byTurner Broadcasting System, Inc.
(A Time Warner Company)
Picture format480i (SDTV) (16:9 letterbox)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganNews and Views
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaUnited States, Canada, Latin America, The Caribbean, Asia, Australia (some hotels only)
HeadquartersCNN Center,
Atlanta, Georgia
Formerly calledCNN2 (January 1982-January 1983)
Headline News/CNN Headline News (January 1983-June 17, 2007)
Sister channel(s)CNN
CNN-IBN
CNN Airport Network
CNN Arabic
CNN en Español
CNN International
CNN Chile
CNN Türk
n-tv
TNT
Turner Classic Movies
Cartoon Network
Boomerang
TruTV
TBS
CNNj
CW Network
HBO
Cinemax
WebsiteHLN
Availability
Terrestrial
Audio via some radio stationsCheck local listings
Satellite
DirecTVChannel 204
Dish NetworkChannel 202 (SD/HD)
Cable
Available on most U.S. cable systemsCheck local listings
In-House (Washington)Channel 23
StarHub TV (Singapore)Channel 712
SkyCable (Philippines)Channel 110
Cablelink (Philippines)Channel 18
Verizon FiOSChannel 101
Satellite radio
SiriusChannel 116
XMChannel 123
IPTV
AT&T U-verseChannel 203 (SD)
1203 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV (Canada)Channel 508 (1508 in HD)
Internet television
CNN.com/liveWatch live (US cable subscribers only)
 
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HLN
HLN logo.svg
LaunchedJanuary 1, 1982
Owned byTurner Broadcasting System, Inc.
(A Time Warner Company)
Picture format480i (SDTV) (16:9 letterbox)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganNews and Views
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaUnited States, Canada, Latin America, The Caribbean, Asia, Australia (some hotels only)
HeadquartersCNN Center,
Atlanta, Georgia
Formerly calledCNN2 (January 1982-January 1983)
Headline News/CNN Headline News (January 1983-June 17, 2007)
Sister channel(s)CNN
CNN-IBN
CNN Airport Network
CNN Arabic
CNN en Español
CNN International
CNN Chile
CNN Türk
n-tv
TNT
Turner Classic Movies
Cartoon Network
Boomerang
TruTV
TBS
CNNj
CW Network
HBO
Cinemax
WebsiteHLN
Availability
Terrestrial
Audio via some radio stationsCheck local listings
Satellite
DirecTVChannel 204
Dish NetworkChannel 202 (SD/HD)
Cable
Available on most U.S. cable systemsCheck local listings
In-House (Washington)Channel 23
StarHub TV (Singapore)Channel 712
SkyCable (Philippines)Channel 110
Cablelink (Philippines)Channel 18
Verizon FiOSChannel 101
Satellite radio
SiriusChannel 116
XMChannel 123
IPTV
AT&T U-verseChannel 203 (SD)
1203 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV (Canada)Channel 508 (1508 in HD)
Internet television
CNN.com/liveWatch live (US cable subscribers only)

HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News and CNN2, is a cable television news channel based in the United States and a spinoff of the cable news television channel, CNN. Initially a tightly-formatted 30-minute newscast, airing around the clock, since 2005 the focus increasingly shifted towards a long-form pop culture news and opinion programming. Since the mid-2000s, HLN has been available internationally on cable and satellite to viewers in parts of Asia, the Caribbean and South America.

Contents

History

Launch

Initially broadcast as CNN2 on January 1, 1982, the channel was renamed one year later to CNN Headline News. The use of "CNN" in the title of the channel has been intermittent throughout the channel's broadcast years until mid 2000s when it was dropped altogether for HLN.

The channel's original programming focused around the idea that a viewer could tune in at any time and, in just 30 minutes, receive the most popular national and international stories. The format, known as the Headline News Wheel, featured "Dollars and Sense" personal finance reports at 15 and 45 minutes past each hour, Headline Sports at 20 and 50 minutes, lifestyle reports at 25 and 55 minutes past each hour, and general news during the top (:00) and bottom (:30) of the hour. The :25/:55 lifestyle segment was designed for purposeful local pre-emption by a local cable provider to air a local headline capsule reported by their associated regional cable news channel or local television station. Another regular feature was the "Hollywood Minute" which was often fitted in after the Headline Sports segment. In the channel's early years, a two-minute recap of the hour's top stories, the CNN Headlines, would run after the sports segment.

Its longest-serving news anchor was Chuck Roberts, who retired on July 30, 2010, after a 28-year career with the network.[1] During its first year, Headline News had a competitor in the form of Group W's Satellite News Channel, which lasted from June 21, 1982, until October 27, 1983. SNC's satellite slot was then purchased by Ted Turner to launch Headline News into further additional homes.

Jon Petrovich was hired in the mid-1980s by Turner to lead Headline News.[2] In 1990, Headline News developed Local Edition, a six minute-long local newscast, whose content produced by a local broadcast station in the participating market, airing at the end of each half-hour of Headline News' rolling news block.[3]

Nearly a victim of a hoax

On January 8, 1992, Headline News was almost the victim of a hoax. When President Bush fainted at a state dinner in Tokyo, a caller claiming to be the president's physician called and claimed that Bush had died. At 9:45 a.m., anchorman Don Harrison prepared to break the story, stating "This just in to CNN Headline News, and we say right off the bat, we have not confirmed this through any other sources..." Executive Producer Roger Bahre, off camera, yelled "No! Stop!"[4] After glancing away momentarily, Harrison continued, "We are now getting a correction. We will not give you that story. It was regarding some rather tragic news involving President Bush, but updating that story, President Bush is reported to be resting comfortably." It turned out that an Idaho man, James Edward Smith, called CNN posing as the president's physician. A CNN employee entered the information into a centralized computer used by both CNN and Headline News, and it nearly got out on the air before it could be verified. Smith was subsequently questioned by the Secret Service and hospitalized at a private medical facility.[5]

Jukebox effect

In the late 1990s, Headline News pioneered using a digital video jukebox to recycle segments of one newscast seamlessly into another newscast. The new technology led towards the channel needing less staff due to the ability to use segments throughout an entire day (it replaced the former method of having anchors read the same stories repeatedly hour after hour, with the second 15 minutes of each half hour in the wheel being on videotape every third and fourth hour). During this period, the channel laid off part of its staff, including such stalwart anchors as Lyn Vaughn, David Goodnow and Bob Losure, all of whom had been with Headline News for over 10 years.

A new look

Before the September 11, 2001 attacks, the channel became noted for its distinct "screen" starting in August 2001, in which the news anchor (or news footage) appears in a sort of visual "window" surrounded by constantly changing text, such as breaking news, sports scores, stock market reports, and weather updates.

Format changes

Due to the growing competition from the Fox News Channel and MSNBC, Time Warner revamped CNN Headline News in 2003 towards a more flexible format, featuring live reports and two anchors hosting the channel's rolling news coverage.

Headline Prime title card

In 2005 the channel dramatically scaled back the amount of on-screen information following much scrutiny and lampooning of the format, such as USA Today calling the screen a "jumbled mess." The new look would consist of a yellow bar, which featured sports scores and stock quotes, in addition to a basic news ticker. The channel also began a shift away from their rolling news coverage throughout primetime to longer, personality-based programs, under the title Headline Prime in February of the same year.

The channel's new programs included Showbiz Tonight with A. J. Hammer and Karyn Bryant, a program focusing on the celebrity news of the day; an eponymous legal news and discussion program hosted by Nancy Grace; and a general national news program titled Prime News Tonight hosted by Mike Galanos. This eliminated the main difference between CNN Headline News and CNN during primetime, which had always broadcast a variety of news-related programs, such as documentaries and personality-based shows like Larry King Live.

Programming changes have also taken place, with the introduction of News To Me, a program featuring only user-generated content, in May, a daily broadcast of the previous evening's Larry King Live, in June, and a shift towards the channel's rolling news coverage being handled by a single anchor, deviating from the channel's traditional dual anchor format since 2003. The Larry King Live re-air has been replaced by a re-air of Showbiz Tonight from the previous evening (that in turn was dropped for an extension of "Morning Express").

1990s logo on a table in the food court at CNN Center

On December 15, 2008, in conjunction with CNN's own graphics changes, which resemble the graphics of its sister channel CNN International, Headline News replaced its news ticker with a "flipper" which features an RSS feed of the current headlines on CNN.com.[6] The same day, the current HLN logo was introduced, initially alongside the channel's full name. Two days later, the "Headline News" name was removed from on-air use, and a new slogan, "News and Views", was introduced.[7] The 'Headline News' name remains in use for on-screen copyright notices.[citation needed]

2010s

On March 28, 2011, HLN switched its primary SD feed to a 16:9 letterbox format from 4:3. Both of HLN's standard-definition and high-definition feeds now carry the same 16:9 screen format; however, video footage broadcast in standard-definition on either feed is not pillarboxed (much like it is on parent channel CNN since its SD feed switched from 4:3 to 16:9 in January 2011), leaving black bars on the right and left sides of the screen, as well as on the top and bottom of the screen. HLN Saturday Night Mysteries, which features repurposed versions of sister channel TruTV's crime story programming, will however be broadcast in the 4:3 picture format on the HLN SD feed.

During the spring of 2011, HLN devoted a significant amount of the broadcast day to the Casey Anthony murder trial, dedicating multiple daily and primetime slots to live coverage of the proceedings followed by evening commentary. The saturation coverage of the trial led to increased ratings for the network, including a doubling in regular viewership during daytime hours and nearly triple that in primetime. [8] HLN Executive Vice President Scot Safon called the trial "a gigantic deal" for the network.[9] HLN also devoted a significant amount of time to the Dr. Conrad Murray trial during the fall of 2011.

On July 18, 2011, live news coverage from Headline News began to be available on mobile devices to subscribers of certain paid TV services.[10]

On November 4, 2011, HLN launched its own website - hlntv.com. The parent network will continue to serve as the website's publisher but HLN will have full editorial control of what's on the site. [11]

HLN picked up the rights to telecast the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards on Saturday, June 23, 2012; marking the first time the awards ceremony has been broadcast on cable.[12] With 912,000 viewers (not counting four repeat broadcasts which brought the total to 2 million), the broadcast was "the most watched regularly scheduled, non-news telecast" ever on HLN.[13]

CNN Student News

CNN Student News is a student news program targeted for the classroom that runs from 4AM to 4:10AM eastern Monday to Friday as part of the cable industry's Cable in the Classroom inititave, as anchor Carl Azuz reports the day's news in a simplified format (stories with graphic imagery or adult themes are usually left out from this newscast). CNN Student News is also available as a free podcast on the CNN Student News website or on iTunes.

Transmission and reception

Due to the channel's tradition of rolling news coverage, HLN has become popular with people who may not have time to watch lengthy news reports, in addition to places where a high demand for "get to the point" news exists, such as airports, bars, and many other places.

Since its inception, Headline News has been syndicated to network television affiliates in the United States, mainly airing in overnight time periods as stations began to be encouraged to carry a full 24-hour schedule and not go off-the-air. Audio of the channel was also simulcast on AM radio stations across the country via Westwood One; all of CNN's U.S. radio operations (including the HLN simulcast) were discontinued April 1, 2012 as part of Westwood One's dissolution into Dial Global.

The audio feed is also carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 123, and Sirius Satellite Radio channel 116. Until the early 1990s, much of Headline News' output was simulcast on CNN International.

International

In the mid-2000s, the channel has been made available to some viewers outside the US, particularly in Asia and Latin America. While the international version's programme line-up is exactly the same as in the US, weather forecasts for Asian and Latin American cities are used as break fillers in lieu of commercials (see External Links section for a YouTube clip of this).

High definition

HLN HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of HLN. It is available nationally on most cable and satellite providers, and in Canada on Bell TV (720p only).

Programming

HLN presents a variety of programming, providing rolling news coverage from the early morning through the late afternoon (Eastern Time), followed by subject-oriented programming during primetime hours.

Weekday schedule

ETProgramHost(s)LocationDescription
6AM-12PM
Morning Express with Robin Meade
Robin Meade with Bob Van Dillen, Jennifer Westhoven and Carlos DiazCNN CenterLead anchor Robin Meade, Meteorologist Bob Van Dillen, personal finance anchor Jennifer Westhoven and Sports anchor Carlos Diaz with news in the fast lane.
12PM-5PM
HLN News Now
Mike Galanos, Christi Paul, Richelle Carey and Susan HendricksNews Now delivers the day's events live as they happen.
5PM-7PM
Evening Express
Ryan Smith, Clark Howard and Isha SesayAn extension of Morning Express that will deliver news and information including parenting, education, health, personal finance and relationships. [14]
7PM-8PM
Jane Velez-Mitchell
Jane Velez-MitchellNew YorkJane Velez-Mitchell takes a stand on topics of the day that people across the country are buzzing about.
8PM-9PM
Nancy Grace
Nancy GraceCNN CenterNancy Grace is a justice themed/interview/debate show.
9PM-10PM
Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew PinskyLos AngelesDriven by current events, Dr. Drew Pinsky focuses on the human - and human behavior - at the center of the story.
11PM-12AM
Showbiz Tonight
A.J. HammerNew YorkHosted by A.J. Hammer in New York, Showbiz Tonight reports celebrity entertainment news stories breaking every day.

Note:

Weekend Programming

ETProgramHost(s)Description
6AM-7AM
Clark Howard
Clark HowardThe TV version of consumer advocate Clark Howard's long-running radio program. Clark provides consumer advice and travel tips.
7AM-12PM
Weekend Express with Natasha Curry
Natasha CurryNatasha Curry helps viewers jump-start their weekend with a fast-paced look at the day's news and buzz-worthy stories.
12PM-1PM
Clark Howard
Clark HowardThe TV version of consumer advocate Clark Howard's long-running radio program. Clark provides consumer advice and travel tips.
1PM-3PM
HLN News
Natasha CurryNews Now - rolling news coverage anchored by Natasha Curry.
3PM-
Weekend Mysteries
Programming block dedicated to real-life justice stories.

Note:

The channel's sonic logo, tag, audio mnemonic was produced by Musikvergnuegen and written by Walter Werzowa from the Austrian 1980s sampling band Edelweiss.[15]

Anchors and reporters

Former anchors and reporters

Network slogans

References

  1. ^ Alloca, Kevin (July 30, 2010). "Chuck Roberts departing HLN". Media Bistro. http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/revolving_door/chuck_roberts_departing_hln_169327.asp#more. Retrieved August 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "CNN.com 'Godfather' dies at 63 after battle with cancer". CNN. February 11, 2011. http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/02/11/petrovich.obit/. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  3. ^ Brown, Rich. "Headline News gets retrans boost: Local Edition was part of deals for 45 TV stations", Broadcasting & Cable, November 8, 1993. Retrieved March 16, 2011 from HighBeam Research.
  4. ^ "TV almost reports Bush's death". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 1992-01-09. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VN8VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1hIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6690,1544301&dq=cnn+bush+nearly+died. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  5. ^ McDougal, Dennis (1992-01-10). "CNN Averts Hoax About Bush's 'Death'". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1992-01-10/entertainment/ca-1610_1_cnn-s-headline-news. 
  6. ^ Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-tue-rosenthal-cnnticker-rip-dec16,0,2043498.story. 
  7. ^ Headline News Becomes "HLN", TVNewser, December 17, 2008
  8. ^ Stelter, Brian (12 June 2011). "Casey Anthony Coverage Gives HLN an Identity". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/business/media/13hln.html. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  9. ^ Boedeker, Hal (9 March 2011). "Casey Anthony: Trial is ‘gigantic deal’ for HLN, boss says". Orlando Sentinel. http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2011/03/casey-anthony-trial-is-gigantic-deal-for-hln-boss-says.html. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Marguerite Reardon, CNET. "CNN live news comes to iPad, other mobile devices." Jul 18, 2011. Retrieved Jul 18, 2011.
  11. ^ Weprin, Alex. "HLN Finally Launches a Website To Call Its Own". HLN Finally Launches a Website To Call Its Own. TVNewser.com. http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/hln-finally-launches-a-website-to-call-its-own_b96186. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Daytime Emmy Update". Soap Opera Digest. 2012-05-03. http://soapoperadigest.com/content/daytime-emmy-update. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  13. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (2012-06-25). "Daytime Emmy Awards’ 912,000 viewers sets record for HLN and franchise — high and low, respectively". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/tv-column/post/daytime-emmy-awards-912000-viewers-sets-record-for-hln-and-franchise--high-and-low-respectively/2012/06/25/gJQA3IHU2V_blog.html. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/05/22/evening-express-debuts-june-4
  15. ^ Paul Morley (2003-10-19). "Boot me up, Dessie". The Observer (London: Guardian Media Group). http://observer.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4774366-111639,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 

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