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May 3rd, 2012
01:37 PM ET

Ted Turner on his cable news vision: "I wanted CNN to be the 'New York Times'"

Coming up tonight at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes CNN founder, and media tycoon Ted Turner, for an exclusive sit down interview.

Upon hatching the idea for a 24-hour cable news network, Turner explains his vision:

"The emphasis should be on - hard news," says the 73-year-old billionaire. "I wanted CNN to be the 'New York Times' for the news business, not the - 'The Daily News.'"

Launching on June 1st, 1980, Turner worried less about Nielsen numbers, and more about his network's philosophy and reputation:

"Even if the ratings weren't the greatest. If - you had the most prestige and you were the network that everybody turned to in times of a crisis, that that was the most important position in the news business to hold."

Watch the clip, and tune in this evening at 9 p.m., as the legendary land-owner and philanthropist shares details of his three marriages, and explains life with four girlfriends.
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