The network launched on Sunday, June 1, 1980 at p.m.
Eastern Time with an original staff of 25 employees based at its headquarters in Atlanta, and bureaus in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D. The inaugural broadcast on the channel was an introduction by Ted Turner, who announced: "We won't be signing off until the world ends.
Larry King Live featured interviews with one or more prominent individuals, mainly celebrities, politicians and businesspeople.
The show became the longest-running program on CNN, lasting for 25 years until King's retirement from the network in 2010.
As the show, hosted by Lou Dobbs, moved more towards general news and economic and political commentary, it was renamed Moneyline with Lou Dobbs, Lou Dobbs Moneyline and then Lou Dobbs Tonight. The political discussion show Evans and Novak was created in 1980, with Rowland Evans and Robert Novak as its hosts.It was the highest-rated news show on television until 2001, when The O'Reilly Factor on rival Fox News Channel surpassed Larry King Live in the ratings and has remained the highest-rated cable news program ever since.Unlike many interviewers, Larry King had a direct, non-confrontational approach.We'll be on, we'll be covering it live, and that will be our last, last event.We'll play the national anthem for one time on the first of June, and that's all.
Whereas CNN featured a mix of newscasts and specialized topical and feature programs, Headline News was originally formatted to strictly focus on rolling news coverage, featuring half-hour newscasts 24 hours a day with segments scheduled in fixed timeslots each half-hour; as such, it was one of the first news channels to utilize a "wheel" schedule.