Day one of the Reuters live breakfast show at Davos

January 28, 2009

There’s no better way to start Davos than to see a string of top delegates breeze into your studios. On time. Happy to brave the cold in the early hours. Full of interesting comments and insight.

For the second year running, Reuters News is producing a live breakfast show for the World Economic Forum – Davos Today.

It has been months in the making. From designing a set that fits into the town library, to booking satellite paths, to contacting dozens of delegates to invite them on the programme. At 4 o’clock this morning, the adrenaline was pumping. It was time to pull the whole thing off.

Unlike yesterday’s practice when ice had coated a dish and messed up the satellite link, Reuters reporters in Hong Kong and London popped up perfectly on our screens as we went on air. Unlike last year when the first guest on one day overslept, all of the delegates turned up

And they didn’t disappoint on the news front either.

Morgan Stanley’s Stephen Roach gave his deep insight about Asia and why the new U.S. administration should not pick a fight with China over the yuan.

Sameer Al Ansari, head of Dubai International Capital, delivered a doomsday vision of the world economy. And BT’s Ian Livingston kept his eyes on future investments despite current pain.

Those and other great stories were written up for the Reuters wire and got us off to a great start on day one.

Now we have to do it all over again for rest of the meeting.

For full coverage of Davos 2009, click here.

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