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Rolling News
Rolling news

From the moment the New York Times splashed a front-page photograph of US President George Bush Snr watching the progress of the first Gulf War on television, news reporting has never been the same (Tracy, 1995). The station so dominating his attention was CNN, the 24-hour news channel launched 11 years earlier by Ted Turner in 1980.

Originally dubbed Chicken Noodle News by sceptical American television networks (MacGregor, 1997), the brash new kid on the block was a genuine innovation. It used the latest technologies, had flexible working practices, relied on live links rather than polished packages and didn't worry about using pictures from other sources. It could produce round-the-clock news coverage for a third of the budget needed by the conventional network ...

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