Retired CNN President to Discuss His Years at CNN with Ted Turner

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston) — Sidney Pike, retired president of CNN International Special Projects, looks back at 22 years at CNN at a BU College of Communication’s event on October 20. Pike’s new book, “We Changed the World: Memoirs of a CNN Satellite Pioneer” is an insider’s view of the rise and fall of Ted Turner and his cable television empire. The only book written by a close associate of Turner’s, it is a rare story of loyalty in the television industry. The October 20 event is part of the BU College of Communication’s Conversations: A Distinguished Lecture Series.

Sid Pike worked closely with Turner and had a major role in the success of CNN. After 22 years in Television, Pike helped Turner stabilize the Atlanta UHF-TV station and led Turner to purchase the Atlanta Braves baseball and Hawks basketball teams. He saved WRET-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, which Turner later sold for $21 million, generating seed money for CNN. In 1984, Pike began traveling the globe selling CNN International programming on all continents and pioneering the end of the Intelsat satellite monopoly that prevented the reception of the CNN signal worldwide. In his 25 years with Turner, many unusual events occurred, including Saddam Hussein calling Pike to arrange an appearance on CNN during the Gulf War.

The Conversations distinguished-lecturer series was developed by College of Communication Dean John Schulz to foster discussion about contemporary communication issues among students, scholars and working professionals. Past lecturers have included Academy Award-winning producer Sam Jaffe, ABC’s Ted Koppel, Burson-Marsteller president and CEO Chris Komisarjevsky, and Geoffrey Nyarota, a Nieman fellow at Harvard University.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information, please call 617-353-3484 or 617-353-4198.

Event: Conversations Distinguished Lecture with Sid Pike, Retired President,
CNN International
We Changed the World
Memoirs of a CNN Satellite Pioneer

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2005

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Place: Room 101
College of Communication
640 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Mass.

Reception and book signing immediately following the lecture in the College’s Student Lounge.

Sid Pike is welcomed by Ted Turner at the 25th anniversary of WTBS in Atlanta.
Sid Pike is welcomed by Ted Turner at the 25th anniversary of WTBS in Atlanta.