(Published in the Independent 06/01/15)
CNN was founded in 1980 with a promise from Ted Turner that the world’s first 24-hour cable news channel would stay on air up to and until the apocalypse.
“Barring satellite problems, we won’t be signing off until the world ends,” the now former owner said 25 years ago, promising that in the event of the end of the world, the channel would fade out with a rendition of Nearer My God to Thee.
Now a blogger claims to have unearthed the actual video, long thought to have just been a myth.
Turner Doomsday Video
Former CNN intern Michael Ballaban published a grainy, one-minute long film of a US army band performing Nearer My God to Thee on the Jalopnik website.
He said that in the CNN database the video, named Turner Doomsday Video, was marked as “HFR till the end of the world confirmed”.
CNN, once ever so thorough in its fact-checking, knew that the last employee alive couldn’t be trusted to make a call as consequential as one from the Book of Revelation.
The end of the world must be confirmed.
Seems a bit downbeat to me, we’d probably need cheering up..any suggestions?