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Segments, Special Hosted by Miles O’Brien Kick Off Year-long Celebration of Network’s 25th Anniversary

CNN, in a collaboration with the Lemelson-MIT Program, examines the Top 25 innovations of the past quarter century in a series of weekday segments and an hour-long special presenting the most significant technological advances since CNN first went on the air on June 1, 1980.

“CNN 25 Top 25 Innovations,” an hour-long special hosted by CNN anchor Miles O’Brien, will premiere on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. (ET) and will re-air on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. (ET).

CNN enlisted the aid of the Lemelson-MIT Program in preparing the list of the Top 25 non-medical innovations that have become widely used since 1980, are readily recognizable by most Americans, have had a direct and perceptible impact on everyday life and could dramatically affect the future. Lemelson-MIT Program staff completed preliminary research on the subject before 11 leaders from MIT’s engineering faculty expanded and ranked the list. A group of six leaders in technology innovations not affiliated with the school contributed to the expansion and ranking of the list. Working under the chairmanship of Lemelson-MIT Program director Merton Flemings, a subsection of that group winnowed the list to the required 25 and a final ranking.

The rankings will also appear online, where viewers can rank the innovations themselves or provide their thoughts and memories on how these innovations changed their lives. This list and other topics pertaining to CNN’s 25th anniversary can be found at www.CNN.com/SPECIALS/2005/cnn.25/.

CNN, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to 14 cable and satellite television networks; two private place-based networks; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; six Web sites, including CNN.com, the first major news and information Web site; and CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service.

The Lemelson-MIT Program provides the resources and inspiration to make invention and innovation more accessible to today’s youth. It accomplishes this mission through outreach activities and annual awards, including the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, the largest single award in the United States for invention.

Jerome H. Lemelson, one of the world’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation, a private philanthropy committed to honoring the contributions of inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs and to inspiring ingenuity in others. More information is online at http://web.mit.edu/invent.

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