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FOUNDER OF TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC. TO BE HONORED AT HISTORIC COMPUTERWORLD SMITHSONIAN AWARDS EVENT

 LAJOLLA, Calif., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- R.E. Turner, chairman of the board and president of Turner Broadcasting System Inc. (TBS), has been named inaugural recipient of the Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) Information Technology Leadership Award for Global Integration. Turner will be honored at the Fifth Annual Computerworld Smithsonian Awards event in Washington DC, on June 7.
 The SAIC Award recognizes individuals who apply and integrate information technology to accelerate the advancement, quality and availability of information on a global scale. Under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution, Turner will be honored for the vision and leadership he exhibited when he founded CNN, the world's first truly global television network.
 "Mr. Turner is not only a visionary in his pioneering use of information technology," said Dave Cox, SAIC's Health Care Technology Group senior vice president, "he is committed to using technology to inform people around the world about breaking news and breakthrough solutions in science, the environment, health, and medicine. As a company committed to applying science and technology to solve problems in many of these areas, we are honored to present him with this award."
 Milestones in TBS history include the creation of the world's first super station in 1976, the launch of Cable News Network (CNN) in 1980, the launch of CNN radio in 1982, and the launch of CNN International in 1985. As the world's leading 24-hour global news and information network, CNN International operates from 28 international news bureaus and reaches viewers in more than 141 countries. Programs such as "Science and Technology Week," "Earth Matters" and "Future Watch" are part of CNN's ongoing efforts to keep viewers abreast of technological developments.
 One of the major projects of SAIC's Health Care Technology Group is the design, development and integration of the Department of Defense's Composite Health Care System (CHCS). CHCS is a fully integrated hospital information system connecting all departments, wards, outlying clinics and integrating their information with computerized patient files, thereby providing automated support for all 750 DoD hospitals, serving 9 million patients.
 SAIC, the largest employee-owned research and development company in the United States, integrates state-of-the-art scientific advances into cost-effective solutions for customers worldwide. Its diversified staff of more than 15,000 provides cost-effective solutions through development and integration of advanced technology.
 The SAIC's Global Integration Award Committee included: Robert Brown, president of Computer Intelligence; Paolo Guidi, president and chief executive officer of Sprint International; Dr. Robert Khan, president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives; Regis McKenna, chief executive officer of Regis McKenna Inc.; and Lt. Gen. Emmett Paige Jr., U.S. Army, Ret.
 The CWSA Information Leadership Awards, established in 1990, honor individuals whose values and vision have been crucial to industry development on a global scale. These awards highlight the positive impact of information technology on all aspects of human endeavor. The accomplishments of these individuals are preserved in the annals of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent Information Age Exhibit funded in part, by a grant from the Awards Foundation.
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 /CONTACT: June Chocheles, SAIC 619-546-6077, Gilly Weinstein, Computerworld Smithsonian Awards 617-661-6330, Adrienne Proeller, Turner Broadcasting, 404-827-3460/


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