Former CNN executive to launch statewide cable news network.
It may not be quite the same as covering the world, but former CNN executive Ed Turner believes that California will provide enough information to feed a statewide 24-hour cable news network. Turner, a founder of CNN who is not related to Ted Turner, plans to start California News Service several months after its $45 million financing is in place. The 100-person network will be based in Sacramento, which Turner calls "neutral territory" in the state, and will initially have bureaus in about a half-dozen cities. Among the topics the network will cover are business and political news, along with national and international news that affects California. News shows will be zoned for different parts of the state. "I affectionately call it news for grown-ups for a state that has such rich business, academic and cultural interests," Turner says.