Turner Network Television, abbreviated by many to TNT, is a popular American Cable Television Channel. Like many television related networks and channels, this was of course the brain child of the owner and creator, Ted Turner. The ownership of the channel itself is under the Turner Broadcasting System development which is part of Time Warner.
Like many channels and networks created by Turner Broadcasting System and Time Warner, it started off as an American channel. It was not long before it showed strength which in turn, meant expanding into other areas. 2007 was a big year for TNT, when they eventually penetrated exterior markets such as Spain, Germany and Turkey. Alongside this, they announced that they had many other European countries in the development stage, which would be announced and launched shortly after.
Most projects start with a detailed plan, but the plan is usually chopped and changed to suit the markets, which was certainly the case with TNT. The original idea was to create a sporting events indicator which would signal viewers on a live basis, one of the first of its kind. TNT was positioning themselves well, with broadcasting affiliates already in place across the US.
Part of their success was down to their early involvement in sports, which created a huge following. The likes of the NFLPA all-star games which were aired in 1982 were shortly followed by other great events. The mid 80s saw the likes of Southeastern Conference football games being aired, which again, developed their current database of viewers.
TNT was always going to be a work in progress, with Ted Turner behind it; it was always likely to be a success. Take 1988 for instance, when they managed to screen the historical class movie that was Gone with the Wind. Ted Turner managed to acquire the rights, probably due to the fact that it was his favorite movie at the time.