Galaxy News Network
One of the most prominent corporate entities in pre-War America, GNN was a mass media corporation with several distinct divisions, such as Galaxy News Radio. Its programming was decidedly pro-government, putting a spin on every news story to present the United States in the best possible light. Perhaps the most extreme example of this tendency was broadcasting the execution of a Canadian insurgent by United States soldiers in power armor while presenting it as keeping the peace in newly annexed Canada. Another example is the spinning the massive radioactive pollutant runoff causing mutations in the local crustaceans population of the Charles River drainage basin. and physical action against the detritus,
Although the GNN was extinguished in the nuclear war, some of its programming continued playing on repeat for several years after the end of the war. In a peculiar turn of events, John Henry Eden also adapted fragments of GNN news reports for creating its presidential persona.
Known programs available on the GNN network included:
- Weather Watch with Horris Aimes (every night at 6:30)
- Reports from Our Brave Boys and Girls in Uniform live from the front line.
Behind the scenes
- Sierra Depot GNN transcript contradicts established lore in multiple places, to the point that it has the distinction of being one of the few source texts to be declared non-canon by Chris Avellone.
- The Galaxy News logo from the Fallout intro was adopted by Interplay as its corporate logo following the game's sudden success.
- Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Once the local office of Galaxy News Network, GNN Plaza is now the headquarters of the Gunners, the Commonwealth's most organized and dangerous mercenary group."
- Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition p.381-382: "[6.17] GUNNERS PLAZA
This was once the headquarters of the Galaxy News Network, delivering pro-government televised newsreels. Since the bombs dropped, the station has changed hands and is now the main base of a gang of ruthless mercenaries known as the Gunners. Their insignia (the “targeted skull”) is daubed on their defenses. You can use a side fire escape or mount a charge from the north to reach the roof (and Fusion Core). The two main doors to the ground floor rotunda are on the sides of the structure."
(Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)
- Fallout intro
- Lake Quannapowitt incident
- Friends of the lake mission log
- Nahant Oceanological Society terminals; Research Terminal, Samples from Lake Quannapowitt
- Nahant Oceanological Society terminals; Research Terminal, Increased Toxicity
- Newscaster: "And now a look at sports. Something that is, unquestionably, inescapably, American. I am referring of course, to our great national pastime, baseball. This afternoon, right here in the city, Boston's swatting sultans will swing for the fences. Led by star pitcher Matt "The Missile" Murtagh, Boston hopes to defeat Texas, and deliver their first World Series victory since 1918."
(Newscaster's dialogue) Note: The phrase "Something that is, unquestionably, inescapably, American. I am referring of course, to our great national pastime, baseball." is repeated word-for-word by John Henry Eden in one of Enclave Radio's fireside chats.