Ted Turner is a media magnate and entrepreneur from Ohio who has a net worth of $2.2 billion USD. Ted Turner gained his money as the originator of CNN, TNT, and TBS and as the former owner of the Atlanta Braves. With the launch of CNN, WTBS, MGM, TNT, and Cartoon Network, Ted Turner has permanently altered the media landscape.
Apart from his media conglomerate, Ted owns the Ted’s Montana Grill restaurant chain and is the second largest landowner in the United States. He owns two million acres of land in the United States and can supposedly ride a horse from Canada to Mexico without leaving his own property.
Ted is also notable for being married to actress Jane Fonda from 1991 to 2001.
Advertising Firm Turner
Following his dismissal from school, Turner moved to Macon, Georgia to take over his father’s booming billboard business. In March 1963, after his father’s suicide, he took over as president and CEO of Turner Advertising Company. Turner was able to leverage the money he made from the business’s success, notably during the Vietnam War, to buy up other radio stations in the South.
Company Name: Turner Broadcasting System (tbs)
After unloading the radio stations, he invested in UHF TV station WTCG. He was confident that it would be successful, and he was right. He would record shows like I Love Lucy, Gilligan’s Island, Star Trek, and others that VHF had canceled. In time, he acquired channel 36 on the ultrahigh-frequency radio spectrum, known as WRET. Turner purchased the Atlanta Braves in 1976 and the Atlanta Hawks the following year in order to provide content for WTCG. Before the Brave’s success in the 1990s and early 2000s, he leveraged WTBS’s status as a superstition to broadcast games to practically every house in the United States.
In 1978, Turner contacted media exec, Reese Schonfeld, about plans to create a 24-hour news channel. With an electronic newsroom and satellites for all communications, they believed they could get by with a staff of 300. The next year, Turner moved its headquarters to Atlanta after selling WRET to pay for the purchase. The Cable News Network (now known as CNN) hired Schonfeld to serve as its president and chief executive officer. In 1982, Turner was promoted to the role of CNN’s chief executive officer.
The Turner Showbiz Machine
Turner Entertainment was founded by Turner in 1986 to manage the company’s film and television holdings. Turner bought 2,200 movies from MGM’s catalog made before 1986 and had them syndicated on his TV stations across the country. Turner’s colorized broadcasts of older films, which were originally shot in black and white, angered movie buffs across the country. When Turner aired a colorized version of “That will go down as one of the darkest days in cinematic history, to quote Casablanca. It’s tragic because it shows that Turner has no favorites among films and that not even the greatest classics can escape the crudeness of his digital graffiti crews.”
A Health Update On Ted Turner’s illness
Ted Turner, CNN’s creator, has come forward to say that he, too, is afflicted with Lewy body dementia, the same disease that plagued Robin Williams in his final years. 1.5 million Americans are living with Lewy body dementia, according to the organization’s website. Misdiagnosis as Parkinson’s disease (as in Williams’ case) or bipolar illness (as in Turner’s instance) is common for this degenerative neurological disorder that impacts a patient’s memory, cognition (especially decision-making), mood, behavior, and balance.
This week on Ted Koppel’s show, “This weekend at 9 a.m. EDT/PDT on “CBS Sunday Morning,” Turner, 79, compared his condition to “a slight case of Alzheimer’s… but not quite as serious… I’m relieved to say that I don’t have that.”
“I also have got, let’s – the one that’s – I can’t remember the name of it… dementia,” he said, exhibiting some of the memory impairments characteristic of LBD.
Turner stated that he often feels “weary” and “exhausted” as a result of it, and that “forgetfulness” is another symptom that affects him much.
Susan Schneider, Williams’s wife, described his condition as “the terrorist within my husband’s brain,” thus it was obviously far more severe in his instance. And in the final year before his suicide in August 2014 at the age of 63, no one knew what ailed the comic.
Schneider claims that he first started experiencing a variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms in the fall of 2013: “Constipation, urinary problems, indigestion, sleepiness, insomnia, a poor sense of smell, and plenty of stress.”
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