Alphabet News Network

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 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 Brand X.


Examples:

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     Advertisement  

  • Former 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 Tag Line "You're watching PNN, a Power Computing network."

     Anime  
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 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.
  • Sonic X had an instance of SXN, "Sonic X Network".

    Comics 
  • Averted in XIII: the channel broadcasting president Wally Sheridan's "judgement" is ABS, a clear cross of ABC and CBS.

    Fan Works 

     Film  
  • The Flintstones partially avert this. They use the CNN initials, but it's called the Cave News Network.
  • Batman Forever and The Dark Knight uses GNN, "The Gotham News Network" to provide exposition.
  • Buck Williams in the 2000-2005 Left Behind films works for Global News Network, also GNN.
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues also has a news network called GNN, which the main characters work for.
  • Helen Hannah in the Apocalypse film series works for World News Network, WNN.
  • The film version of Atlas Shrugged inverts this with NNT.
  • Countdown to Looking Glass has CVN.
    • "CVN" is the U. S. Navy designation for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Appropriate, given the subject of the film...
  • Cars has RSN (Racing Sports Network).

     Literature  
  • The Left Behind book series has GCCNN, which is basically the Global Community owning the original CNN.

     Live Action TV  
  • ZNN on JAG, First Monday, NCIS and everything else Bellisario-produced.
    • In the very first JAG episode it appears in, "We the People", it seems to inexplicably stand for "Satellite News Network".
  • Lois and Clark had LNN, Luthor News Network.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "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 there wasn't even a BBC2.
    • The relaunch generally uses the BBC for main news and has AMNN for American news during any given News Monopoly.
  • The Chaser's War on Everything 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 unreveal.
  • Brass Eye would air broadcasts from affiliate station 10NN in all news stories from the United States, as did the preceding series from the same writers, The Day Today.
  • On Babylon 5 they have ISN, the "InterStellar Network News". While at first an independent—if blatantly sensationalist and ratings-driven—network, it becomes the dictatorial Clark Administration's Propaganda Machine starting in Season 3.
  • Dinosaurs has DNN, the Dinosaur News Network.
  • The Onion 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.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • In 1991, Paul Neu debuted in WCW as a wrestling rapper named P. N. News. He sometimes shaved a "PNN" logo into his hair, in imitation of the CNN logo; back then, of course, WCW and CNN had the same parent company: Turner Broadcasting.
  • When Randy Orton was sidelined with an injury in 2002, 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".

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

     Video Games  

  • Alpha Protocol shows a TV displaying INN.
  • Black Market has the Tricorp News Network, TNN, provide commentary (and exposition) at key moments.
  • The Master of Orion games have the GNN (Galactic News Network) reporting some random evennts and statistics. The anchor is, naturally, a robot.note 
  • Metal Wolf Chaos has DNN.
  • Touhou fandom knows CNN as "Cirno News Network", thanks to some pretty bad Cowboy Bebop at His Computer.
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl has Sinnoh News Net, which, while not abbreviated in the game, does make SNN if you do abbreviate it.
  • Desert Strike and its sequel, Jungle Strike both feature EANN, Electronic Arts News Network.
  • Crysis in the Kremlin has GNN representing News from American sources. It is never stated in-game what it stands for.
  • Vega Strike has procedurally generated News from GNN readable on base computers, mostly concerning space fights between factions, with occasional mentions of Privateers' help, that is completed Player Character missions.
  • StarCraft and especially StarCraft II 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 Expanded Universe as well.
  • Escape Velocity 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 Mega Man Battle Network series had DNN.
  • Elite: Dangerous 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 The Federation or The Empire's succession crisis).
  • The Horde has the Franzpowanki News Network (FNN), which broadcasts on Crystal Ball.

     Web Comics  

     Web Original  

     Western Animation  

  • Osmosis Jones has NNN. Since it takes place inside the human body, the first N stands for Nerve.
  • The Veggie Tales episode "Sumo of the Opera" is Japan-themed, and has ESN (Emperor's Sports Network), a cross between CNN and ESPN.
  • A Futurama episode had it revealed that Atlanta's bigshots would eventually move the town into the ocean. CNN was then renamed ''SeaNN''.
  • In the episode Terry Unmarried on The Cleveland Show, there's an inversion. After 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 Cleveland News Network.
  • The All Dogs Go to Heaven Christmas Special has CCN.
  • Libertys Kids has LNN.

     Real Life  

  • Besides 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:
    • All-Nippon News Network (TV Asahi)
    • Fuji News Network (Fuji Television)
    • Japan News Network (Tokyo Broadcasting System)
    • Nippon News Network (Nippon Television Network)