CNN office evacuated due to bomb threat - anchor

NY police give all clear after CNN bomb threatMore

NY police give all clear after CNN bomb threatMore

CNN was forced off the air late Thursday night after a bomb threat was phoned in to the cable news channel's New York City offices in the Time Warner building.

Authorities are investigating a reported bomb threat at CNN's NY office. They evacuated the studios out of caution.

"Update to follow", the NYPD tweeted. "We appreciate the swift action by the local authorities, and the patience and professionalism of all the employees who were impacted" CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in an internal memo to staff.

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"We were evacuated and we know as much as you do".

Within the same hour as the bomb threat, President Donald Trump, who has made a political career of attacking CNN, had just tweeted about "fake news".

A bomb squad was on standby outside the building as police officers search the offices, a law enforcement source said.

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TV station WNBC reported, citing a police official, that the caller claimed there were five bombs in the Time Warner building but did not substantiate that threat. "Due to the threat, the office has been evacuated".

Chief media correspondent Brian Stelter tweeted that CNN was airing taped programming due to the threat.

The broadcast was interrupted and later Don Lemon called in from outside their offices to report on the situation.

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The New York Police Department is now investigating the scene.

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