Go behind the scenes at CNN’s New York City bureau, the network’s key place in the coverage of events that shape our world, and its efforts to report the news to more than 1 billion people around the globe. Inside CNN is a 45-minute guided walking experience of the CNN Studios. Take a journey through the history of journalism, uncover secrets about the news gathering process, discover exciting facts about CNN journalists and the coverage of events, and see actual CNN newsrooms.
Would-be broadcasters visit newsrooms and control rooms, read scripts off a TelePromp™, and test their meteorology skills with Blue Screen ChromaKey technology. Armchair anchors can take home a copy (DVD or VHS) of themselves delivering the top stories of the day.
A similar studio tour of CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta has become one of that city’s biggest attractions, drawing more than 300,000 visitors a year.
Inside CNN lasts approximately 45 minutes from start to finish and includes nine stops. Guides will lead visitors through the CNN experience, with highlights including:
- The history of journalism and the CNN news-gathering process
- The CNN studios and operations
- Television technology, including teleprompter & ChromaKey
- A look at the CNN newsroom
- How a control room operates
- Ingoing and outgoing satellite feeds for CNN and CNN International
- Coverage of news events and its impact on society and global market
The tour begins with a Star Wars-esque video that introduces the cable network’s approach, then proceeds to a display featuring a replica of a French cave painting from 30,000 B.C., images of the Gutenberg printing press and CNN founder Ted Turner’s original office furniture circa 1980.
Other tour highlights include visits to the studios and control rooms of Lou Dobbs Tonight, Anderson Cooper 360, Paula Zahn Now and NewsNight With Aaron Brown; the newsroom for CNN’s business network, CNN FN; interactive demonstrations of teleprompters and a Blue Screen ChromaKey system used by weather reporters; and a Terminal Gear Room containing 65,000 cables that, if stretched out, would cover 6,000 miles.
Between the nine stops are video monitors showing CNN coverage of 25 years of world events, from the siege at Waco, Texas, to the O.J. Simpson verdict, the Columbia and Challenger space shuttle disasters, 9/11 and the current war in Iraq. A chart on a hallway wall notes that CNN received its highest news-show ratings (other than war coverage) for a NAFTA debate between Ross Perot and Al Gore that aired on Larry King Live in 1993.
You never know on any given day what you’ll see on the tour, the unknown aspect of breaking news and anticipation of that, plus the chance of running into anchors and reporters in hallways is very exciting. The tour guides are ambassadors to show the human side of this network.
3rd floor, Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle
at the southwest corner of Central Park (Broadway between 58 & 60 Sts).
1+(8660 426-6692. Phone reservations are accepted Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 5 pm (Eastern Time).
Admission: (* Subject to Change)
Adult: $15; Children (ages 4-12): $11, under 3 free, Senior (65 and older): $13
Monday-Saturday from 10am – 9pm (last departure time 8pm) and Sunday from 10am – 6pm (last departure time 5pm). The guided walking experience takes 45 minutes and departs every 10 minutes. Tours available in English and nine other languages. Closed Christmas Day..
Reservations are highly recommended.
Reservations require a credit card that will be charged even if the event is missed. A limited number of walk-up tickets are available at the box office and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Online reservations can be made here. Tickets can only be used for time and date printed on a ticket. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
Allow a minimum of 1 hour for the tour. Tour descends 3 flights of stairs. Elevator-assisted tours are available at 12:30 pm. 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm by reservation only. Unaccompanied children are not allowed, no strollers permitted. Studios are not always in a live broadcast.
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