One of the biggest innovations in cable news history is a result of 9/11
The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks ushered in many changes in American life.
One of the lesser-known changes was that the attacks prompted news networks to introduce the scrolling news ticker at the bottom of their screens.
The news ticker quickly became a staple of the news-watching experience, but also came to reflect a society that was always in crisis mode.
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The September 11 terrorist attacks had a profound impact on just about every aspect of American life, from the rise in hate crimes to the creation of the TSA. They even had a lasting impact on the way Americans talk.
But one of the lesser-known changes ushered in that day took place on TV screens, specifically, the displays of cable-news networks covering the tragedy.
For cable news outlets, September 11 was the day they introduced the scrolling news ticker at the bottom of their screens. Now a ubiquitous part of the news-watching experience, the news ticker was largely unused before the 2001 attacks.
According to the Observer, prior to September 11, news tickers had mostly been used to alert viewers of emergency weather updates, sports scores, and stock market quotes, and were used intermittently at most.
That all changed the day of the attacks, when news networks suddenly found themselves scrambling to keep up with a disaster that was rapidly and simultaneously unfolding in New York City, Washington DC, and rural Pennsylvania. At 10:49 a.m., 21 minutes after the collapse of the World Trade Center’s North Tower, Fox News launched its scrolling news ticker at the bottom of its screen featuring the latest facts and headlines. CNN followed suit within 20 minutes, and MSNBC debuted its own news ticker at 2 p.m., according to the Observer.
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