In a victory for opponents of commercialism in schools, the Cable News Network (CNN) has backed off plans to sell sponsorships on "CNN Student News," a program it produces for classrooms that has been commercial-free since it began in 1989.

Earlier this year, the network had floated the idea of introducing advertising, distressing activists who always saw CNN as a "purer" news alternative for schools than the Channel One service.

"It's not worth the trouble," said Turner Broadcasting System spokesman Brad Turell.

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