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.

CNN founder Ted Turner had touted the non-commercial nature of the program, formerly called "CNN Newsroom." Teachers are


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