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Frank Batten

Landmark Communications

1967 - 1998

Publishing & Print Media

Military ServiceNavy
1960 b. 1927
UndergraduateUniversity of Virginia
GraduateMBA, Harvard University
Born-Died1927 - 2009
BirthplaceVirginia (VA)
FatherHead, Same Company
Era - 1960

Batten took the helm of his family’s newspaper empire in the late sixties and continued to enhance its scale and scope over three decades, yet his greatest achievement was the launch of a phenomenally successful cable channel. In 1982, Batten launched The Weather Channel and though it struggled for a few years, it soon became a hallmark of cable television and grew in size and market reach as cable technology expanded nationally and internationally.