In addition, he founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television.
As a philanthropist, he is known for his gift to support the United Nations, which created the United Nations Foundation, a public charity to broaden domestic support for the UN.
Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III (born November 19, 1938) is an American media mogul and philanthropist.As a businessman, he is known as founder of the Cable News Network (CNN), the first 24-hour cable news channel.WTCG acquired rights to telecast the Atlanta Braves baseball games in 1973.Turner also purchased UHF Channel 36 WRET (now WCNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina and ran it with a format similar to WTCG.He attended The Mc Callie School, a private boys' preparatory school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Turner's father wrote saying that his choice made him "appalled, even horrified", and that he "almost puked".
Turner attended Brown University and was vice-president of the Brown Debating Union and captain of the sailing team. After leaving Brown University, Turner returned to the South in late 1960 to become general manager of the Macon, Georgia branch of his father's business.
He also created the environmental-themed animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
When he was nine, his family moved to Savannah, Georgia.
In the late 1960s, Turner began buying Southern radio stations.
In 1969, he sold his radio stations to buy a struggling television station in Atlanta, WJRJ, Channel 17.
During the Vietnam War Era, Turner's business prospered; it "had virtual monopolies in Savannah, Macon, Columbus, and Charleston" and was "the largest outdoor advertising company in the Southeast", according to It Ain’t As Easy As It Looks.