Summit Notebook

NHL commish takes dim view of Canadian billionaire Balsillie

December 1, 2009

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman all but ruled out the prospect for Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie one day owning a team in the hockey league.

Electronic Arts CEO straightens mom out at Thanksgiving

December 1, 2009

Restructuring: You shouldn’t be afraid to do it, even more than once if you have to, and even if your own family doesn’t understand it. Just ask John Riccitiello, chief executive of videogame publisher Electronic Arts. Here’s what he said at the Reuters Global Media Summit on Tuesday:

200MB? It’s only human nature to want more

By georgina prodhan
December 1, 2009

Broadband subscribers want as much speed as they can get their hands on, even if it’s way beyond what’s needed by the most avid downloader of music, keen watcher of video or biggest Facebook addict, reckons cable operator Liberty Global’s CEO.

Like the ‘net? Pay your cable bill, says Time Warner’s Britt

December 1, 2009

If you want the Internet to keep doing what it does, keep paying your cable bill, and don’t get carried away with the idea of free (free! free!) content.

Sirius CEO Karmazin limbers up for the Howard Stern dance

November 30, 2009

It’s been five years since Sirius lured shock jock Howard Stern to satellite radio with a $500 million contract. Whether Stern can re-up with a similar deal when his contract expires at the end of next year is anyone’s guess, but it ought to be entertaining. Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin is preparing himself for negotiations with the self-proclaimed King of All Media.

All I want for Christmas is a blockbuster

November 30, 2009

What’s a great holiday gift in a recession, yes a good old fashioned book. Random House just got its new Dan Brown bestseller on the shelves.

Watch out school kids, big brother will soon be watching you

November 30, 2009

By Paul Sandle

Sit back a minute and think back to your school days — doing homework on the bus, skipping double physics on a Friday afternoon…nice, huh? Well, no more if Pearson prevails.

ABC: Don’t you know that I’m still in love with news?

November 30, 2009

I asked ABC TV chief Anne Sweeney at our Global Media Summit on Monday whether the nightly news broadcast will go away someday soon. Everyone who follows the broadcast TV business has wondered this at some time or another, particularly as fewer people tune in.

ABC TV chief to daughter: You *will* watch television

November 30, 2009

When I went to college in 1991, I begged my parents to buy me a small television for my dorm room (They wouldn’t let me work during my first year of college, so I had no money). How things have changed in 18 years!

What will the media company of the 21st Century look like?

November 27, 2009

In the run-up to the annual Reuters Media Summit, taking place in New York and London next week, we have been asking experts and executives how they think media companies should reinvent themselves for the 21st Century.