Apocalyptic television at its best
When businessman Ted Turner founded CNN in 1980, he made it clear that the cable network was 100% committed to television news. "We won't be signing off until the world ends," he said. "We'll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event . . . we'll play 'Nearer, My God, to Thee' before we sign off."
Since Turner's statement, there have long been rumours that CNN has that very doomsday video prepped to run in the event of humanity's destruction. Now Jalopnik has unearthed that very clip, buried in CNN's intranet video database. It is titled "TURNER DOOMSDAY VIDEO" and it comes with the ominous warning: "HFR (hold for release) till end of the world confirmed".
The video is a low-res clip of a military band playing Turner's chosen tune before a slow fade to black. "Nearer, My God, to Thee" is the same song that the doomed Titanic orchestra allegedly played as the ship sank into the ocean depths.
Enjoy the apocalypse, guys!