After more than 35 years in their Georgia headquarters, CNN has started moving out of the CNN Center.
The struggling cable news company will abandon its longtime downtown Atlanta home by the end of this year.
The cable channel’s weekday anchors are all already in New York or Washington, but CNN still has digital and CNN International operations in Atlanta.
Spokesperson Bridget Leininger confirmed in an email that the remaining CNN staff and operations in Atlanta would move to the Techwood Turner Broadcasting campus in Midtown.
The move will happen in stages and will finish by the end of this year, Leininger said.
CNN’s previous parent company, AT&T, sold the CNN Center for nearly $164 million to two Florida-based real estate firms, CP Group and Rialto Capital, in 2021, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
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It was not immediately clear what would happen to the building’s other tenants.
The CNN logo off Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park Drive — a tourist attraction for decades — will be taken down by the end of the year and the CNN signs on the buildings will be scrapped.
“I am heartbroken,” said Tom Johnson, the former CNN president, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “So many of my friends tell me how they’re going to miss that wonderful CNN logo on top of CNN Center. It just meant so much to us.”
On social media, employees and residents have started to say their good-byes —
As many of you would have seen on my IG account we will be moving out of this CNN building this year & relocating to our Techwood facility where they will soon start building our new studio. This is a shot from the old makeup room. [email protected] to come soon! Join me now! pic.twitter.com/BG49ZVNM6H
— Rosemary Church (@rosemaryCNN) January 18, 2023
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Atlanta moving the CNN center doesn’t sit right with me. My home is unrecognizable now !
— NAS💖 (@itsJussnas) January 17, 2023
The Associated Press contributed to this article