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Document Details


Title: R. E. (Ted) Turner
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Cable Center. Barco Library. Special Collections
Collection: Cable Center Oral History Collection
Description: Ted assumed leadership of the family company (outdoor advertising) when his father committed suicide over the company's financial situation when Ted was 24. With uncanny business acumen, Ted acquired an independent UHF television station (WJRJ, Channel 17) in Atlanta in 1970. In 1976, he originated the superstation concept by transmitting the station's signal via satellite to cable systems across the country, initially using the call letters WTCG (Watch This Channel Grow). (He had to set up a separate company, Southern Satellite Systems, to lease the transponder on Satcom 1, which Ed Taylor purchased for $1.00 after all his friends turned him down.)
URL: http://www.cablecenter.org/education/library/oralHistoryDetails.cfm?id=179
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Turner, R. E. (Ted)
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Broadcasting executive; Business executive
Document date: Undated
Interviewer: Maxwell, Paul
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Broadcasting; Cable television--United States; North America; Oral history; Telecommunication cables; United States
ASP release: 2006-01
Document code: OHI0033785-37075