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WARNERMEDIA TO SELL CNN CENTER, FORMER WCW HEADQUARTERS

By Mike Johnson on 2020-06-30 09:00:00

It was reported this morning that WarnerMedia, the company that now oversees the former Time-Warner, will be selling off CNN Center in Atlanta, GA.

CNN Center has been the centerpiece of what used to be Ted Turner's empire for decades and for most of its existence, was the headquarters of World Championship Wrestling when that promotion was owned by Turner Broadcasting from late 1988 through 2000.    The building is the world headquarters of the CNN cable news network, having broadcast there since 1987.

WCW was even featured in the official CNN Center tour at one point, with the old NWA United States Tag Team Championship belts being displayed among the Turner assets at the onset of the tour and clips of WCW shown in video packages featuring during the tour.  For a time, there was also a dedicated area for WCW on the ground floor of CNN Center, which allowed those passing by to watch WCW content being edited on scene through windows.

Before being acquired by Ted Turner, what is now known as CNN Center actually housed a multi-floor indoor amusement park based around the Sid & Marty Kroft characters, including H.R. Pufnstuff.  It was built in 1972 and was originally titled the Omni Complex with Atlanta's legendary Omni Arena right next door and connected to the complex.  Today, the complex is connected to The State Farm Arena, which replaced the Omni.'

WarnerMedia executives have stressed to employees that the planned sale is not a sign they intend to leave Atlanta.

Thanks to John M.

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