Tuesday, December 16, 2008

CNN news Ticker is replaced by the Flipper -- chicagotribune.com

CNN news Ticker is replaced by the Flipper -- chicagotribune.com: "CNN's headline Ticker, a bottom-of-the-screen fixture since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, passed away before dawn Monday at the age of 7.

The cause of death was progress.

Once seen as a cutting-edge way of conveying headlines by some and as an annoyance by others, tickers have become ubiquitous throughout television in the last decade. CNN's was buried alive in the clutter it helped create and was a casualty of the network's first major overhaul of its on-screen graphics since 2004.

The CNN Ticker is survived by a cousin, identified as the Flipper by CNN Senior Vice President of Current Programming Bart Feder. Cleaner, clearer and more stylish, the Flipper took over after the Ticker was taken off life support Monday at 5 a.m., Chicago time."


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