ATLANTA, March 4, 2014 – PwC US today announced that Ted Turner will be inducted into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia at the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) 2014 Georgia Technology Summit on March 26, 2014 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.
Ted Turner changed the landscape of media and entertainment by combining technology with content. In 1980, he launched the Cable News Network (CNN), whose global headquarters is located in downtown Atlanta. CNN was the first 24-hour cable news channel which delivered news in real-time, helping to pave the way for the social media explosion which occurred decades later. Following the success of CNN, Turner Broadcasting System continued to grow and expand its reach in a number of ways, including CNN Radio, CNN International and CNN.com.
Prior to CNN, he created TBS Superstation, the first ‘super-station’ using satellite technology to carry its signal nationwide. Turner used the microwave transmitters to relay his signal to cable operators in rural areas across the nation and found a ready audience for his programming.
"Ted Turner is one of the world's most renowned businessmen and his lasting impact on the way we receive our news in real-time set the stage for continued innovation within the technology and media space," said Reggie Walker, Greater Atlanta Market Managing Partner for PwC. "With countless achievements throughout his career, Mr. Turner’s legacy continues to have a significant influence on the media and entertainment industry. In addition, Mr. Turner was instrumental in the revival of Atlanta's downtown by bringing CNN’s global headquarters to our own backyard. He embodies the essence of innovation and leadership, and we are honored to welcome him to the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia."
"No one has done more to raise the visibility and success of Georgia’s innovation industry than Ted Turner," said Tino Mantella, president of TAG. “He is a fearless pioneer to many in our technology community and TAG is pleased to see him inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2014 Georgia Technology Summit.”
Turner's career continued to evolve as the entertainment business expanded in the 1990s, where Turner was right at the forefront of innovation. In 1996, he merged his Turner Broadcasting holdings with the growing Time Warner conglomerate and was named vice chairman of the newly formed company and head of the cable networks division.
"I have often said that hard work is one of the most important keys to success,” said Ted Turner. “While this is true, possessing a clear understanding of technology in the 1970’s was crucial in not only achieving success in the cable industry, but gaining an edge on the competition as well. And as we’ve seen, technology has come to play an even bigger role in our world today. I feel privileged to have played a role in technology’s history and am honored to be selected as the 2013 Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia inductee."
The Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia was established in 1993 to recognize the achievements of outstanding members of Georgia's technology community. Each year an inductee is chosen in recognition of his or her contributions to the technology industry in Georgia and impact on the state. PwC has been a lead sponsor of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia since its inception and recently has collaborated with the Technology Association of Georgia to induct the honoree in a special ceremony at the annual Georgia Technology Summit. Previous inductees include:
The Georgia Technology Summit is TAG’s flagship event that brings together C-level executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals and academia to celebrate and recognize Georgia’s technology community.
About Technology Association of Georgia
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 22,500 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com.
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