The celebrated cable TV creator, in a recent question and answer session with Bloomberg TV, says if he were in charge of CNN, he would focus less on opinions and "fluff" and more on news. Well, we all know what that would result in: better-informed Americans, but not better-entertained, news-following Americans.
He would also bring back "Captain Planet and the Planeteers," that middling-rated animated cartoon that ran on TBS in the early '90s. The captain was all about protecting the environment, which is an idea near and dear to Turner's heart. (He was a co-creator of the TV series).
Concerning Comcast and NBC, he believes this mega-media deal would be a good one - for Comcast anyway -- since they don't have much in the way of programming.
All this despite the fact that the mega-media mergers he was associated with -- Time Warner's buying his own Turner Broadcasting, and then Time Warner's selling itself to AOL -- didn't turn out so well.
Why was selling Turner Broadcasting wrong? "I made a mistake. I was tired," he told the interviewer.
Great stuff. Nice to hear that media moguls do take their eye off the ball from time to time, and/or that they just don't care that much (especially when they remain very rich).
While Turner's had battles with Rupert Murdoch from time to time, he believes News Corp. has actually done a great job with The Wall Street Journal. He tried to tell Murdoch that by letter -- but hasn't, as yet, received any answer to that message.
This is great television. But when it comes to insight as to where to shift my media investments in my 401K, I'm at a loss as to who has the better answers -- Captain Planet or Captain Ted.