28 Facts About Ted Turner


Robert Edward Ted Turner III was born on November 19, 1938 and is an American entrepreneur, television producer, media proprietor, and philanthropist.

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Additionally, in 2001, Ted Turner co-founded the Nuclear Threat Initiative with US Senator Sam Nunn.

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The book observed that Ted Turner "discovered his father had sheltered a substantial amount of taxable income over the years by personally lending it back to the company" and "discovered that the billboard business could be a gold mine, a tax-depreciable revenue stream that threw off enormous amounts of cash with almost no capital investment".

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Independent UHF stations were not ratings winners or that profitable even in larger markets, but Turner concluded that this would change as people wanted more than several choices.

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In 1978, Turner struck a deal with a student-operated radio station at MIT, Technology Broadcasting System, to obtain the rights to the WTBS call sign for $50, 000.

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Such a move allowed Ted Turner to strengthen the branding of his "Super-Station" using the initials TBS.

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In 1976, Ted Turner bought the Atlanta Braves, and in 1977, he bought the Atlanta Hawks, partially to provide programming for WTCG.

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In 1986, Ted Turner founded the Goodwill Games with the goal of easing tensions between capitalist and communist countries.

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In 1979, Ted Turner sold his North Carolina station, WRET, to fund the transaction and established its headquarters in lower-cost, non-union Atlanta.

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In 1981, Ted Turner Broadcasting System acquired Brut Productions from Faberge Inc.

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In 1988, Ted Turner purchased Jim Crockett Promotions which he renamed World Championship Wrestling which became the main competitor to Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

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In 1989, Turner created the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship for fiction offering positive solutions to global problems.

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At the post-race dinner, a drunken Turner verbally assaulted Murdoch, afterward challenging him to a televised fistfight in Las Vegas.

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In 2003, Turner challenged Murdoch to another fistfight, and later on accused Murdoch of being a "warmonger" for his support and backing of President George W Bush's invasion of Iraq.

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Proponent of healthcare reform bills, Ted Turner has said: "We're the only first-world country that doesn't have universal healthcare and it's a disgrace.

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In 2010, during the wake of both the devastating Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster and the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster that killed 29 miners in West Virginia, Turner stated on CNN that "I'm just wondering if God is telling us He doesn't want to drill offshore.

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In 2009 Ted Turner met with other business moguls to include Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, George Soros and David Rockefeller to address issues ranging from the environment to healthcare.

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In 1999, Ted Turner made a joke about Polish mine detectors when asked about Pope John Paul II.

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In 2002, Ted Turner accused Israel of terror: "The Palestinians are fighting with human suicide bombers, that's all they have.

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Also in 2008, Turner asserted on PBS's Charlie Rose television program that if steps are not taken to address global warming, most people would die and "the rest of us will be cannibals".

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Turner Enterprises, Inc is a private American company that was founded in 1976 and manages the business interests, land holdings and investments of Ted Turner, including the oversight of Turner's 24 properties across the U S and Argentina.

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One of Turner's children, Robert Edward "Teddy" Turner IV, announced on January 23, 2013, that he intended to run in the South Carolina Republican primary for the open Congressional seat vacated by Tim Scott who was appointed to the US Senate.

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In 2010, Ted Turner joined Warren Buffett's and Bill Gates's The Giving Pledge, vowing to donate the majority of his fortune to charity upon his death.

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In 2008, Turner wrote Call Me Ted, which documents his career and personal life.

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When Turner was 26, he entered sailing competitions at the Savannah Yacht Club and competed in Olympic trials in 1964.

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Professional wrestling promoter and former Senior Vice President of WCW second in charge after Turner, Eric Bischoff praised Turner claiming "He was an inspirational leader, he was a risk taker, he appreciated people who took risks, he was not afraid of failure while most people are.

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On June 24, 1999, Vince McMahon stated on Late Night with Conan O'Brien: "All I'll say about Ted Turner is he's a son-of-a-bitch, other than that, he's probably not a bad guy, but I don't like him at all".

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Later in 2021, when asked about the upstart AEW in comparison to Turner's WCW, McMahon dismissed AEW, stating that "it certainly is not a situation where 'rising tides' because that was when Ted Turner was coming after us with all of Time Warner's assets as well”.

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