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2005 International Council Meeting

Thursday, October 20, 2005

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA—The Museum of Television & Radio's International Council, a worldwide forum of leading international media and communications executives, will convene its ninth meeting in Montréal, Canada, from October 23 to 25, 2005, marking the first time the event will be held in North America. Six leading Canadian companies are serving as hosts for the Montréal meeting, with lead host CanWest Global Communications Corp. being joined by cohosts CBC/Radio-Canada; Bell Globemedia, CTV Inc.; COGECO Inc.; Power Corporation of Canada; and Quebecor Inc.

First organized by The Museum of Television & Radio in 1995, the International Council provides a forum for international media leaders to discuss critical industry issues that transcend borders. This year's conference will address topics such as programming for the "anywhere, anytime" consumer, the shifting distribution landscape, digital piracy, and the future of advertising.  Discussion leaders and speakers include Dr. Henry A. Kissinger; Frank A. Bennack, Jr., chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees and vice chair of the Hearst Corporation; Leonard J. Asper, president and CEO of CanWest Global Communications Corp.; and Robert Rabinovitch, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. 

"This annual gathering offers media leaders from around the world a valuable opportunity to come together and share perspectives on common issues facing the industry," said Frank A. Bennack, Jr., chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees. "We are delighted to hold our first meeting in North America in a city with the multicultural breadth and global reputation of Montréal." 

The schedule of this year's panel discussions is as follows:

Monday, October 24, 2005

  • Programming for the "Anywhere, Anytime" Consumer and the Shifting Distribution Landscape
  • The Future of Advertising                                                           
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
  • Digital Piracy: The Global Challenge
  • The View from the Financial Markets

About The Museum of Television & Radio's International Council

Organized by The Museum of Television & Radio in 1995, the role of the International Council is to promote the international preservation of programming; increase the Museum's collection of international programs; advance the exchange of ideas among leaders in media, entertainment, and communications industries around the world; and foster a community among those leaders. The Council also encourages communications leaders to develop similar institutions in their respective countries and to further cooperative relationships with the Museum and international media organizations in the United States.

Council meetings have been held in Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, London, Vienna, Beijing, and Cape Town, and have included the participation of Prime Minister Lamberto Dini and President Scalfaro of Italy, Chancellor Helmut Kohl and President Roman Herzog of Germany, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin of France, Prime Minister Tony Blair of England, Federal President Dr. Thomas Klestil of Austria, President Jiang Zemin of the People's Republic of China, and President Thabo Mbeki of the Republic of South Africa.  Country hosts have included RTL Television, Antenne 3 Televisión, RTVE, Canal+, British Sky Broadcasting Group plc, Carlton Communications plc, NTL, Telewest Communications, United Pan Europe Communications, ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio and Television, Sun Media Group Holdings Limited, South African Broadcasting Corporation Limited, and Primedia Ltd.

The activities of The Museum of Television & Radio's International Council are made possible by generous grants from Booz Allen Hamilton, Gustave M. and Rita E. Hauser, Morgan Stanley, Nielsen Media Research, PricewaterhouseCoopers Entertainment and Media Practice, and Royal Philips Electronics.

About The Museum of Television & Radio

The Museum of Television & Radio, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, is a nonprofit organization founded by William S. Paley to collect and preserve television and radio programs and advertisements and to make them available to the public. Since opening in 1976, the Museum has organized exhibitions, screening and listening series, seminars, and education classes to showcase its collection of over 100,000 television and radio programs and advertisements. Programs in the Museum's permanent collection are selected for their artistic, cultural, and historic significance.

The Museum of Television & Radio in New York, located at 25 West 52 Street in Manhattan, is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The Museum of Television & Radio in California, located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. Both Museums are closed on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Suggested contribution: Members free; $10.00 for adults; $8.00 for senior citizens and students; and $5.00 for children under fourteen. Admission is free in Los Angeles. The public areas in both Museums are accessible to wheelchairs, and assisted listening devices are available. Programs are subject to change. You may call the Museum in New York at (212) 621-6800, or in Los Angeles at (310) 786-1000.  Visit the Museum's website at