The Paley Center for Media's International Council 2009 NYC brought together the industry's top innovators from across the globe for the most talked about media event of 2009.
From newspapers to magazines to television, the traditional media business model is under siege. Can creating quality news content still be a sustainable business in the global digital economy?
This session features Tony Burman (Managing Director, Al-Jazeera English), Les Hinton (CEO, Dow Jones), Jon Klein (President, CNN/US), Christine Ockrent (Journalist and CEO, Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France), and Prannoy Roy (President and Managing Director, NDTV). David Carr (Columnist, The New York Times) moderates.
Tony Burman is the managing director of Al Jazeera English, based in Doha, Qatar.
He was the editor in chief of CBC News from 2002-2007. On June 19, 2007, he announced his retirement from the CBC after a 35 year career, effective July 13. Burman's appointment as managing director of Al Jazeera English was announced on May 14, 2008.
In October 2007, Burman received the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's Gordon Sinclair Award for lifetime achievement in broadcast journalism. In October 2009, Arabian Business magazine named him the second most influential non-Arab in the Arab world. Then, in November 2009, the Canadian Expat Association also announced that he had been voted the third most influential Canadian living abroad, behind Michael J. Fox and Wayne Gretzky.
David Carr writes a column for the Monday Business section of the New York Times that focuses on media issues including print, digital, film, radio and television. He also works as a general assignment reporter in the Culture section of The New York Times covering all aspects of popular culture.
For the past 25 years, Carr has been writing about media as it intersects with business, culture and government.
Carr began working at the Times in 2002 covering the magazine publishing industry for the Business section. Prior to arriving at the Times, Carr was a contributing writer for The Atlantic Monthly and New York Magazine, writing articles that ranged from homeland security issues to the movie industry. In 2000, he was the media writer for Inside.com, a web news site focusing on the business of entertainment and publishing.
Prior to arriving in New York, Carr served as editor of the Washington City Paper, an alternative weekly in Washington D.C. for five years. During that time, he wrote a column, “Paper Trail,” which focused on media issues in the nation’s capital. In 1997, Carr was received first place in the media category of the Association of Alternative Weeklies annual awards for "Good News ..."
From 1993 to 1995, Carr was editor of the Twin Cities Reader, a Minneapolis-based alternative weekly, and wrote a media column there as well. Before serving as editor of the Reader, Carr worked for a variety of business, entertainment and sports publications in the Twin Cities area.
Carr lives in Montclair, New Jersey and is married to Jill Rooney Carr. They have three children.
Les Hinton is a British-born American businessman. He was appointed CEO of Dow Jones & Company in December 2007, after its acquisition by News Corporation. Hinton became a United States citizen in 1986.
He has worked for News Corp for more than 48 years as a journalist and executive in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. In 1976, he moved from London to New York as a foreign correspondent for the group’s newspapers in Britain and Australia. After several executive positions, he was appointed President of Murdoch Magazines in 1990, two years later becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of News America Publishing, responsible for the company’s US publishing operations. In 1993, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Fox Television Stations, returning to London in 1995 as Executive Chairman of News Corp subsidiary News International Limited, Britain’s largest national newspaper publisher.
Jonathan Klein is the president of CNN, hired in November 2004. Prior to that he was the founder and president of a New York City online media company, The Feedroom.
Klein was born in New York and attended New Rochelle High School. He graduated from Brown University with a bachelor of arts in history in 1980. He worked as a news writer and associate producer for the CBS TV affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island, and later was a producer for CBS News in New York.
Christine Ockrent is a Belgian journalist whose career has principally centered on French television.
Daughter of Belgian diplomat Charles Ockrent, she was born in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated from Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in 1965. She worked for the American television and collaborate to "60 Minutes", the CBS News Magazine. Back in France, she worked on Europe 1, a national radio station where she was in charge of morning news. In 1981, she became the first female anchor of the 8PM news on the Antenne 2 television channel. Afterwards, she worked for TF1. By the end of her career, she had returned back to France 2 as anchor of the evening news and then for France 3 since 1990 where she was the host of different news magazines.
She was chief of the L'Express editorial office.
She is a former member of the Saint-Simon Foundation think-tank.
In 2002, Ockrent wrote the preface to Ma guerre à L’indifference (English: My war against indifference), a book by United Nations official Jean-Sélim Kanaan.
Dr. Prannoy L. Roy is the founder and the Executive Chairperson of New Delhi Television (NDTV). He is also an economist, accountant, author, psephologist and has served as economic adviser to the ministry of finance.