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Ken interviews Mel Karmazin

On Tuesday, June 1, Mel Karmazin resigned as Viacom's President and Chief Operating Officer. On April 27, he spoke with New Yorker writer Ken Auletta at a breakfast hosted by The Newhouse School of Public Communications, in conjunction with The New Yorker. Here, in three parts, is their conversation. (Requires Flash Player.)

Bush's Press Problem
A Conversation with Daniel Cappello

In The New Yorker this January, Ken Auletta wrote about the George W. Bush Administration's relationship with the American press, and about how the President manages to keep reporters at a distance. With The New Yorker's Daniel Cappello, Auletta discussed how that relationship affects the public.

Broadcast News
A Conversation with Amy Davidson

In May, 2003, Ken Auletta wrote an article for The New Yorker about Fox News, the all-news cable channel that, since it was designed and launched in 1997 by Rupert Murdoch with Roger Ailes at its head, had become the cable-news leader, making media stars of figures like Bill O'Reilly along the way. Auletta talked to The New Yorker's Amy Davidson about Fox, its conservative political agenda, its personnel, and its future.

Journalists and Generals
A Conversation with Ted Turner

On March 18th, Ted Turner, the founder of Cable News Network and Turner Network Television, spoke to the New Yorker writer Ken Auletta at a regular breakfast series sponsored by the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and The New Yorker. Here is a partial transcript of their conversation.

The Sanctity of Content
A Conversation with John Malone

On October 16th, the New Yorker staff writer Ken Auletta interviewed John C. Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media, at a breakfast hosted by the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and The New Yorker. He spoke to Malone, whose company owns parts of five of the six largest media companies in the world, about the future of his industry and the economy. Auletta has reported on many of the leading players in the media and communications business for The New Yorker, including Ted Turner, Howell Raines, Barry Diller, Rupert Murdoch, and, in February, 1994, Malone himself. Here are some excerpts from their conversation.

Looking for a Deal
A Conversation with Barry Diller

In May, 2002, the New Yorker writer Ken Auletta conducted a breakfast interview with Barry Diller, the chairman and C.E.O. of the Universal Entertainment Group and the head of USA Interactive. Here are excerpts from the conversation.

Jack of His Trade
A Conversation with Jack Welch

In October, 2001, Jack Welch, the former C.E.O. of General Electric, had been in the news as a result of his autobiography, which brought him an advance in excess of seven million dollars. Welch was interviewed by the New Yorker writer Ken Auletta at a breakfast hosted by the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and The New Yorker. A partial transcript of their conversation appears here.

Monopoly Game
A Conversation with David Boies

On February 15th, the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and The New Yorker hosted a breakfast symposium marking the publication of "World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies," a new book by Ken Auletta, The New Yorker's media columnist. At the event, Auletta was cross-examined by David Boies, who was the chief prosecutor in the government's antitrust suit against Microsoft, about how he reported the book, about the trial, and about what effect the decision will have, not only on Microsoft but on the entire technology industry. The Microsoft trial moves into its appeals phase this week, and Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's coöperation with Auletta is expected to figure in the hearings. Following are edited excerpts from the Boies-Auletta conversation.

Breakfast meeting with Ken Auletta
Is Antitrust Still relevant in the Information Age?

Transcript of a breakfast forum during the recent WEF conference in New York, moderated by Ken Auletta. The forum was sponsored by The Newhouse School at Syracuse University, The New Yorker, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Participants in the forum:
  • Charles James (Asst. Attorney General, Antitrust division)
  • Mario Monti (EC Competition Commissioner)
  • Richard Parsons (AOL Time-Warner)

  • Alumnus Auletta
    Address for the inauguration of Deborah Stanley

    "Success, or failure, does not just hinge on obvious factors like good grades, good brains, the right schools, the right connections, the perfect business plan -- things that are easy to quantify. Intangible human factors, I've learned, often matter, and are often overlooked...."


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