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From: Kensaku Hogen <tvforum {AT} un.org>
To: Batiaan Janssen <live {AT} rel.nl>
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2000 3:24 PM
Subject: United Nations World TV Forum 2000

> ==============================================================
> UNITED NATIONS WORLD TELEVISION FORUM 2000
> TV  {AT}  globe // adding values in the digital era
> ==============================================================
> 
> 
> 16-17 November 2000 / UN Headquarters, New York City
> 
> 
> 
> "The convergence of information technology, the Internet and 
> e-commerce may well become as transformative as the industrial 
> revolution. They will continue to alter the world's economic 
> landscape and reconfigure organizational structures. They will 
> change the way many people work and live." 
> - Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
> 
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Television, digital technology and the Internet have endured 
> a rocky courtship that now shows promise for a lasting union. 
> TV  {AT}  globe, the fifth annual United Nations World Television 
> Forum on 16-17 November 2000, will convene top media industry 
> leaders and experts from around the globe to share their 
> perspectives from the front lines of this revolution-in-progress.
> 
> The latest international research tallies almost 300 million 
> people online, with 150 million more expected to join them 
> this year. And the interactivity being experienced online is 
> driving experiments moving television from one-way to two-way 
> mode. Will the vast opportunity being presented by the onset of 
> the digital era be merely a seamless transition from old media 
> to new, or will the television industry seize this moment to 
> re-examine the unique role and responsibility of this medium 
> in shaping human affairs?
> 
> The United Nations World Television Forum at UN Headquarters in 
> New York City is an invitational event designed for senior 
> representatives of traditional and new media, academia, civil 
> society and governments from every region. While the discussion 
> will touch on issues of bandwidth, digital content and innovative 
> television programming, the primary goal is to engage the broadest 
> range of stakeholders to address the fundamental challenges facing 
> television in the digital age including television's role in 
> bridging the divide separating the digital haves from the have-nots.
> 
> Our vision for the Forum begins with its new permanent Web 
> site www.un.org/tvforum which will soon begin hosting online 
> discussions on this year's themes. These online discussions 
> will be instrumental in shaping the program for TV  {AT}  globe.
> 
> Presentations during the workshops and roundtables will make 
> extensive use of video footage.
> 
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> The opening plenary will include:
> 
> GLOBAL UPDATES BY REGION: 
> What are the diverse forces shaping convergence?
> 
> Overviews from each region of the world on the new models of 
> convergence involving television, digital technology and the 
> Internet and how this phenomenon is being shaped by technology, 
> audience response, culture, e-commerce and regulatory 
> environments. The constellation of forces moving television 
> from one-way to interactive vary depending on geography. 
> Equally complex are the myriad strategies for moving from 
> analogue to digital television, with the resulting implications 
> for being able to deliver TV programs via personal computers. 
> In many developing regions, television, radio and the Internet 
> are more often accessed communally, raising the possibility 
> of yet more hybrids of convergence.
> 
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Workshops and roundtables over two days will cover:
> 
> INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING IN NEWS, EDUCATION and SPORTS:
> What are the new content models and what do they mean for 
> programming?
> 
> Three workshops/roundtables, one for each program area, will 
> explore some of the most interesting experiments in new television 
> services emerging from specific program genres. New and compelling 
> content models from news, education and sports programming will be 
> explored ranging from programs that mesh the Web and television 
> to the synchronous broadcasting of programs with one medium 
> reinforcing the other.  The discussion will include the challenge 
> to broadcasters in developing content that builds on the 
> interactive nature of new media, and how this affects television
> production processes.
> 
> SOCIAL ADVOCACY:
> Will convergence upgrade television's role in social development?
> 
> The Forum invites enquiry into the looming socio-cultural 
> questions being raised by television's evolution from old to 
> new media. If television has historically been a major catalyst 
> for social change, what will be the impact of the next generation 
> of interactive digital television on the political culture of 
> democracy and civil society?  How will television's convergence 
> with the Web affect the dynamic between cultural policy and
> communications technology? What is the likely impact of the 
> current consolidation of media business ownership and heightened 
> competition on open societies, national identity and cultural 
> values? Is there a heightened role for public broadcasters in 
> fostering a sense of social cohesion in the face of digital 
> convergence?
> 
> THE RADIO MODEL: 
> What can television learn from the digital experiments in radio?
> 
> Radio broadcasting has embraced the digital revolution ahead of
> television. Internet radio currently has a global audience of 
> up to 15 million people, and has already generated significant 
> changes in the business and social practices of broadcasting. 
> In some cases developing countries are world leaders in 
> Internet-delivered radio and digital radio satellite networks, 
> with operational models that are only recently under development 
> in technologically advanced nations.
> 
> DIGITAL VISIONARIES:
> What will their new media content look like?
> 
> A panel of new media entrepreneurs from around the world talk 
> about the future of interactive television and what programming 
> they plan to create as they shape the digital media landscape 
> of the future. These innovators are of a generation for whom 
> the interactive world of e-mail, chat and the Internet are a 
> seamless part of their techno-savvy and media-centric lives. 
> For them, the computer has never been more threatening to operate
> than a television set, so they start from a level field when 
> exploring the relative merits of watching and interacting with 
> TV programs on television, personal computer, telephone, or 
> new hybrids they are just now testing.
> 
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> The final plenary will include:
> 
> TOWARDS DIGITAL PARITY: 
> How are old and new media bridging the divide?
> 
> Digital next-wave countries, home to most of the human family, 
> currently have almost no voice in shaping a revolution that will 
> profoundly affect them before long. The Forum will explore the 
> role of the television industry in extending the digital domain 
> to encompass the globe. How can next-wave countries gain a seat 
> at the table, as models of convergence in television and the 
> Internet are developed, to ensure that our collective digital 
> future contributes to a vibrant and diverse mosaic of cultures 
> and voices? Decisions on convergence must continue to consider 
> lessons learned from alternate Internet models now being 
> experimented within developing regions including shared access 
> to technology and services in the form of community telecenters 
> and the potential this represents for using existing broadcasters 
> as virtual community gateways to the information society.
> 
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> -end-
> 


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