Police said a man with a southern accent called CNN just after 10 p.m. Thursday and said five bombs had been placed throughout the facility inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle. Police later gave an all-clear.
A third suspicious package addressed to CNN has been found and removed from a postal facility in Atlanta, Georgia, where the cable network is based. “This morning, another suspicious packaged addressed to CNN was intercepted at an Atlanta post office,” CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote in a memo to staffers on Monday morning. “There is no imminent danger to the CNN Center.”
“We always have a studio that is ready to go on air at any moment,” a CNN insider familiar with its logistics says. Following yesterday’s discovery of a pipe bomb at its New York headquarters, the cable network managed to remain on the air as the network’s live feed jumped between anchors in Washington and New York — with Big Apple reporters doing the bulk of their work from phones and hot-spot connections on Manhattan city streets.