CNN Center’s atrium has a new look.
- Tina Kim, a writer and producer for CNN, tweeted two photos of the building’s atrium in Atlanta.
- The atrium, which doubles as a public lobby, shopping center and food court, appears to have been updated with new tables and steps that provide additional informal seating.
- The atrium served as the home of CNN’s “Talkback Live” show from 1994 to 2003, when it featured a “fenced in” studio area where audience members could watch the show and, as the name suggests, provide talkback on the day’s news.
- The atrium also previously featured a world map with indicators of the network’s bureaus as well as dining tables featuring the logos of various Turner owned networks, including CNN and CNN Headline News (now HLN).
- Although officially the network’s headquarters, the Atlanta studios are used less these days than previously.
- HLN’s “Morning Express” with Robin Meade still originates from Atlanta.
- No major CNN daytime or primetime programming is broadcast from Atlanta regularly, with the network opting to use its New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. studios instead.
- The Los Angeles bureau is used even less now, however, after the network canceled “Across America” and “Michaela,” both of which originated from L.A.