The end of the world has a soundtrack, thanks to CNN.
An ex-intern supposedly unearthed a long-rumored video that CNN founder Ted Turner vowed to broadcast in the event of an apocalypse scenario. As Turner pledged when the 24-hour news channel launched in 1980, the video (above) shows a brass band playing "Nearer My God To Thee," the same song that onboard musicians reportedly performed as the Titanic sank.
"People thought he was joking," Michael Ballaban wrote of Turner on Jalopnik. "We have proof that he wasn't."
Ballaban said he found the tape in a network archive under the name "TURNER DOOMSDAY VIDEO" while interning for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” in 2009.
The existence of the video has been the subject of speculation for years, with even the venerable New Yorker chiming in on it decades ago.
According to AccessAtlanta, Turner's words to celebrate the June 1, 1980, network launch were: “We won’t be signing off until the world ends. We’ll be on, and we will cover the end of the world live, and that will be our last event.”
But, according to the book The More You Watch, The Less You Know, Turner made a more specific vow, telling staffers, "We're gonna stay on until the end of the world. When that time comes, we'll cover it, play 'Nearer My God To Thee' and sign off."
The Huffington Post reached out to several CNN reps for comment and did not immediately hear back.
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