CNN Ceasing US Airport Broadcasts On March 31

CNN will be shuttering their CNN Airport Network effective March 31. That means an end to those televisions in airport waiting areas blaring news across approximately 50 U.S. airports…

The cable network explains that this is because of a decline in air travel, and more people “consuming content on their personal devices” rather than watching their broadcasts.

Producing separate content isn’t the primary expense. It’s true that CNN Airport Network, which broadcasts 24 hours a day 7 days a week, is different than the primary channel. It doesn’t show sexually explicit or violent content or air disasters. However the main cost is payments to airports (at least $150,000 a year to a single large airport) in addition to the cost of the video screens and connectivity to show the broadcasts. They then sold advertising on the network to generate revenue.

The service initially ran in the summer of 1991 at Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, and Chicago O’Hare and then formally debuted at the start of 1992. CNN Airport Network will not see its 30th birthday.

CNN appears to believe the future is in people watching entertainment on their own devices rather than the screens provided for them.✪