"To act upon ones convictions while others wait.
To create a positive force where cynics abound.
To provide information to people when it wasn’t available before.
To offer those who want it a choice.
To the American People whose thirst for understanding and a better life has made this venture possible.
For the cable industry whose pioneering spirit caused this great step forward in communication
And for those employees of Turner Broadcasting, whose total commitment to their company has brought us together today.
I dedicate the news channel for America.
The Cable News Network"
Ted Turner, (written by Ed Kessler) at the dedication of CNN. June 1st, 1980.