The remodel has always been on the cards and was written about in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution back in 2016. The Turner owner 50% stake in the Omni Hotel component of CNN Center was already sold and the atrium and entrance updates were already planned as part of CNN Center redevelopement. No one said CNN Center was closing next week. Not seen anything about a new space (good for them if true) or a new newsroom set. For all we know this could be at Techwood. Keep watching. Or for all we know Time Warner might be significantly reducing the space currenly being used at the building. Consolidating floors and space as they fire/retire people. There is no where near as many studio productions coming from the building, even on HLN. And CNNi has loads of CNN Domestic Simulcast, the presenters are probably peeved.
Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting plans substantial renovations at its landmark downtown CNN Center as well as to the Techwood complex in Midtown as the media company continues a broader overhaul of its businesses.
Officials at the parent of cable networks CNN, TBS and TNT, stressed its planning is just beginning, but told employees Friday the company is “evaluating” upgrades to the office space and atrium mall at CNN Center, one of Atlanta’s top tourist destinations and a familiar entryway for Hawks fans into Philips Arena. The plans in Midtown — called “Reimagine Techwood” — could involve expanding buildings there.
The scope of potential changes to CNN Center isn’t immediately known, but Desroches said “we are evaluating how to best improve function adjacencies, modernize our office space, and upgrade the retail atrium.”
Turner also announced Friday plans to sell its 50 percent stake in the Omni hotel attached to CNN Center. That could come at an opportune time as the city’s hotel and convention industry is booming.
Turner CEO John Martin on the company's commitment to Atlanta.
“I’m a big fan of CNN Center,” he said, then added, “I love Taco Bell there. I’d be good if I could run to the border three times a week.”
I said what I said!