One of the most common go to names for a fictional TV news program is to add a usually-random letter to "NN" (or in some cases, ''two'' letters to "N") as a reference to Creator/{{CNN}} ("Cable News Network"). Popular choices for the first word in the acronym are a reference to the area the network covers (such as Galaxy or Global) or a reference to the work. Often the logo will be inspired by the CNN logo as well.

Subtrope of BrandX.



[[folder: Advertisement ]]

* Former UsefulNotes/{{Macintosh}} clone manufacturer (back in the short days when Macs had clones) Power Computing had a multi-media promotional CD with fake television shows on it, and the TagLine "You're watching PNN, a [[TitleDrop Power Computing]] network."


[[folder: Anime ]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' had JNN. The odd thing is that JNN is a ''real world'' network; it is the news division of TBS, the broadcaster for the series.
* ''Anime/SonicX'' had an instance of SXN, "Sonic X Network".

* Averted in Comics/{{XIII}}: the channel broadcasting [[spoiler:president Wally Sheridan]]'s "judgement" is ABS, a clear cross of ABC and CBS.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, the Home Galaxy (of ''Star Wars'' fame) has the Galaxy News Network (GNN), Galaxy News Service (GNS), and Nova Network (NN).
* ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier'' has the odd reference to KBS News, the initials standing for Kerbin Broadcasting Service.
* Jacqueline Lichtenberg's longrunning ''Star Trek'' fanfiction series ''Kraith'' had Newsnet. It only becomes important in the ''Kraith'' novel ''[[ Federation Centennial]]'', where conspirators agitating for a Klingon-Federation war use interviews with officials to stir up anti-Fed sentiment.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalympics}}'', the Animalympics news coverage is broadcast on ZOO.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' has RSN (Racing Sports Network).
* ''The Bee Movie'' has BNN (Bee News Network) airing Bee Larry King (do you see a pattern?).
* ''{{Disney/Zootopia}}'' has ZNN. The anchors are a female snow leopard and [[CulturalTranslation (depending on the region)]] a male moose (US, UK, Canada and most of Europe), jaguar (Brazil), koala (Australia), panda (China), or raccoon dog (Japan).
* ''Film/OsmosisJones'' has NNN. Since it takes place inside the human body, the first N stands for Nerve.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheFlintstones'' partially avert this. They use the CNN initials, but it's called the Cave News Network.
* ''Film/BatmanForever'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' uses GNN, "The Gotham News Network" to provide exposition.
* Buck Williams in the 2000-2005 ''[[Film/LeftBehind2000 Left Behind]]'' films works for Global News Network, also GNN.
* ''Film/Anchorman2TheLegendContinues'' also has a news network called GNN, which the main characters work for.
* Helen Hannah in the Film/{{Apocalypse}} film series works for World News Network, WNN.
* The film version of ''Film/AtlasShrugged'' inverts this with NNT.
* ''Film/CountdownToLookingGlass'' has CVN.
** "CVN" is the U. S. Navy designation for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Appropriate, given the subject of the film...
* In ''Film/{{Network}}'' it's UBS -- Union Broadcasting System.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* The ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book series has GCCNN, which is basically the Global Community owning the original CNN.

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* ZNN on ''Series/{{JAG}}'', ''Series/FirstMonday'', ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' and everything else [[Creator/DonaldPBellisario Bellisario-produced]].
** In the very first ''JAG'' episode it appears in, "We the People", it seems to inexplicably stand for "Satellite News Network".
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had LNN, Luthor News Network.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "The Daemons" has an interesting variation when everyone's watching news on BBC 3. It's worth pointing out that at the time it was made BBC 2 had only been around for seven years.
** The relaunch generally uses the BBC for main news and has [[ AMNN]] for American news during any given NewsMonopoly.
* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' called their fake news network CNNNN (Chaser's [=NoN=]-stop News Network).
** The final episode of the first season had a look back at the station's 40-year history: originally, it was CNNN (for Chaser Nonstop News Network), but inexplicably added a fourth N: the extra N is "explained" in an [[TheUnreveal unreveal]].
* ''Series/BrassEye'' would air broadcasts from affiliate station 10NN in all news stories from the United States, as did the preceding series from the same writers, ''Series/TheDayToday''.
* On ''Series/BabylonFive'' they have ISN, the "[=InterStellar=] Network News". While at first an independent--if blatantly sensationalist and ratings-driven--network, it becomes [[spoiler:the dictatorial Clark Administration's PropagandaMachine starting in Season 3.]]
* ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}'' has DNN, the Dinosaur News Network.
* Website/TheOnion is the owner of the Onion News Network, or [Onion logo]NN.
* Casseta & Planeta, a Brazilian group of comedians, had NNN, aimed for the nasal-voiced viewer. It was never stated what the first "N" stands for.

[[folder: Music Videos]]
* A [[ music video]] for "Пожалуйста небо" (Please Sky) by Russian singer Anita Tsoy has SNN.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In 1991, Paul Neu debuted in Wrestling/{{WCW}} as a [[WrestlingDoesntPay wrestling rapper]] named P. N. News. He sometimes shaved a "PNN" logo into his hair, in imitation of the Creator/{{CNN}} logo; back then, of course, WCW and Creator/{{CNN}} had the same parent company: Turner Broadcasting.
* When Wrestling/RandyOrton was sidelined with an injury in 2002, Wrestling/{{WWE}} kept him on television in humorous weekly vignettes in which he updated fans on his medical condition; these were done under the heading of "Randy News Network" or "RNN".

* Music/{{Negativland}}, in its incarnation as a Creator/TheFiresignTheatre-esque avant-garde surrealist radio theater group instigated by master culture jammer [[ Don Joyce]], had the Universal Media Netweb, often referred to as UMN. All of Joyce's creations including his weekly [[ KPFA]] show ''[[ Over the Edge]]'' were presented under the aegis of UMN and its mind-breaking or mind-controlling (or mind-liberating) agenda. UMN was founded by C. Elliot Friday, the wealthiest man in the solar sphere, who lives on [[UsefulNotes/AmeliaEarhart Howland Island]], runs Fridatronics Industries and still (despite [[AuthorExistenceFailure Joyce's untimely death]]) [[ runs for President of the United States]] every four years on the Universal Party ticket. Casual listeners are probably most familiar with [[ Crosley Bendix]], UMN's Director of Stylistic Premonitions and Cultural/Arts Reviewer. He's the one who proposed a fourth primary color, "[[ Squant]]". UMN's biggest competitor is ABS, the American Broadcasting System, which runs "The [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Piddle Diddle Report]]", investigating and criticizing Friday and his empire.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}, CNN itself became NN ([=NewsNet=]) when it was re-organized in accordance with Ted Turner's will.
* One of the playable factions in [[TabletopGame/{{Netrunner}} Android: Netrunner]] is NBN, which changed what it stands for so often that NBN became it's whole name.
* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' makes a mention of the irreverent news review cast MRGCNN, the Monster Raving Goblin Cock News Network.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' shows a TV displaying INN.
* ''VideoGame/BlackMarket'' has the Tricorp News Network, TNN, provide commentary (and exposition) at key moments.
* The ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' games have the GNN (Galactic News Network) reporting some random events and statistics. The anchor is, naturally, a robot.[[note]]A [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] one, at that.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' has DNN.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fandom knows CNN as "Cirno News Network", thanks to some pretty bad CowboyBebopAtHisComputer.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' has Sinnoh News Net, which, while not abbreviated in the game, does make SNN if you do abbreviate it.
* ''VideoGame/DesertStrike'' and its sequel, ''Jungle Strike'' both feature EANN, Creator/ElectronicArts News Network.
* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' in the Kremlin has GNN representing News from American sources. It is never stated in-game what it stands for.
* ''VideoGame/VegaStrike'' has procedurally generated News from GNN readable on base computers, mostly concerning space fights between factions, with occasional mentions of {{Privateer}}s' help, that is completed PlayerCharacter missions.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' and especially ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' have UNN (Universal News Network) as the primary news source for Terran civilization, and the propaganda outlet for whatever government currently controls it. The network plays a large role in some stories set in the ExpandedUniverse as well.
* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'' has Hyper News Network (the Federation's news service), as well as two News Services, two News Corps, two Info Commands, one Info Service and one Intel Corps -- all of them with three-letter acronyms.
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series had DNN.
* ''VideoGame/EliteDangerous'' has [=GalNet=], which doesn't have an abbreviated form but serves as the game's primary source of exposition for many events that happen in the Galaxy that players can actively influence (unless it's detailing the clout surrounding the president of TheFederation or TheEmpire's succession crisis).
* ''VideoGame/TheHorde'' has the Franzpowanki News Network (FNN), which broadcasts on CrystalBall.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' universe has a Galaxy News Network (GNN). Although "Galaxy News Network" appears in the first Fallout game, the acronym "GNN" doesn't appear with any prominence (other than a single note in Fallout 2) in-universe until ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', where it is featured on banners and billboards.
* ''VideoGame/Hitman2016'' also has GNN, with a logo blatantly satirising real-life American news channel CNN.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/GoneToGround'' has DNN (Da Nooz Network).
* The webcomic (later the graphic novel) "Shooting War" had GNN: Global News Network.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has the [[SubspaceAnsible HyperNet]] News Network, or HN[[superscript:3]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Jerkcity}}'' has [[ JNN]] (Jerkcity News Network).


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''Website/TheEscapist'' has ENN.
* [[ This]] game review gives us ACNN during a parody news cast. We're never told what it stands for though...
* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' features INN (the "International News Network").
* ''WebVideo/StarWarsUncut'': ENN the "Empire News Network" brings you TalkingHeads discussing the Imperial Senate being dissolved.
* ''WebVideo/DiamandaHagan'': Hagan noted that the no-budget CaughtUpInTheRapture movie ''Apocalypse'' has a WNN, which is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial entirely unlike]] GNN from the much more famous ''Movies/LeftBehind'' movie. (To be fair, ''Apocalypse'' predates the ''Left Behind'' movie, while the book didn't feature GNN.) The review is then interupted by one of Hagan's minions with [[HypocriticalHumor an HNN special report]] about the skirmishes being fought over the few remaining available letters.
* ''WebAnimation/FreedomToons'': The [[FunWithAcronyms MSNBS]] network, which hosts the incredibly biased show ''The Echo Chamber''.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' episode "Sumo of the Opera" is Japan-themed, and has ESN (Emperor's Sports Network), a cross between CNN and ESPN.
* A ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode had it revealed that Atlanta's bigshots would eventually move the town into the ocean. CNN was then renamed [[PunnyName ''SeaNN'']].
* In the episode "Terry Unmarried" on ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', there's an [[InvertedTrope inversion]]. After [[spoiler: Cleveland figures out Terry's gay]], he freaks out and his babbling becomes scrolling details with a headline. At the bottom left, you see CNN and directly under it, you see '''''C'''leveland '''N'''ews '''N'''etwork''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' ChristmasSpecial has CCN.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' has FNN.
* ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'' has LNN.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Besides Creator/{{CNN}} there are a lot of small channels that use the news network nomenclature, such as Ohio-based Ohio News Network.
* All the major commercial Japanese network television news divisions use these:
** '''A'''ll-Nippon '''N'''ews '''N'''etwork (Creator/TVAsahi)
** '''F'''uji '''N'''ews '''N'''etwork (Fuji Television)
** '''J'''apan '''N'''ews '''N'''etwork (Creator/TokyoBroadcastingSystem)
** '''N'''ippon '''N'''ews '''N'''etwork (Nippon Television Network)