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The Paley Center for Media Convenes International Council in London

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA—On June 23, 2008, The Paley Center for Media will convene a special one-day International Council session in London, co hosted with the BBC and WPP Group. The Paley Center's International Council meetings bring together media executives from around the world to advance the exchange of ideas among leaders in global media, entertainment, and communications. 

More than sixty executives from nearly twenty countries are expected to attend the London session which will be held at the BBC's Broadcasting House in Portland Place. Confirmed participants include BBC Director General Mark Thompson; WPP Group Chief Executive Sir Martin Sorrell; Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin; BT Group Chairman Sir Michael Rake; and EW Scripps President and CEO Ken Lowe.  Off-the-record discussions will focus on such issues as the role of regulation in innovation, challenges in building new revenue streams, and the convergence of traditional and new media.

"The Paley Center's International Council is a forum for media executives and global thought leaders to come together on a regular basis for candid, forward-focused conversations about critical issues for their businesses and consumers," said Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media. "This one-day session will continue the discussions that began at previous International Council meetings held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2006 and Silicon Valley, California in 2007."            



About The Paley Center for Media's International Council

Created in 1995, the International Council brings together the chief executives of the world's most important media companies. The role of the Council is to advance the exchange of ideas among these leaders in global media, entertainment, and communications, and to foster a community among them. This is accomplished through both informal and organized discussions on a wide range of critical issues that will define the media and its role in society for generations to come. Past meetings have been held in Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, London, Vienna, Beijing, Cape Town, Montréal, Istanbul, and California's Silicon Valley. The activities of the International Council in London are made possible by generous grants from Accenture and Nielsen Media Research.

About The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.  For more information, please visit