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UNC-TV to broadcast Wake Forest panel discussion on global economy

April 2, 2007

The panel discussion, “Jumping the Sun:  Creating Competitive Business Advantage in an Increasingly Flat World, hosted by Wake Forest University at 4 p.m. April 10, will be recorded for broadcast on the University of North Carolina Center for Public Television (UNC-TV) at 10 p.m. May 31. 

In addition, the event will be broadcast on UNC-NC, UNC-TV’s digital multicast channel, and on National Public Radio member station WFDD (88.5 FM).  Check local listings for a complete list of broadcast dates.  A webcast will also be available the afternoon of April 11 on the UNC-TV and Wake Forest Web sites.

Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina will make introductory remarks, and the discussion will address the challenges and opportunities American businesses face in today’s rapidly changing global economy.

The forum will be moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Charlie Rose and made up of four top executives and graduates of Wake Forest’s Babcock Graduate School of Management:  Charlie Ergen, founder, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of EchoStar Communications/DISH Network; John Medica, former senior vice president of the consumer product group at Dell Inc.; Ken Thompson, president and CEO of Wachovia Corporation; and Eric Wiseman, president and chief operating officer of VF Corporation. 

“Several years ago, Wake Forest took on the responsibility of educating this distinguished panel of business leaders,” Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch said.  “Now, it is our privilege to learn from them as they share their insights on successfully navigating the new global economy.”

During the discussion, Rose will present the panelists questions related to how businesses can succeed in the global marketplace.  Each panelist will have the opportunity to respond from their individual business perspectives:  satellite communications, computer technology, banking and branded apparel marketing.  They will also address the significance of higher education in preparing future business leaders.

“This event reinforces how fortunate we are to have a resource like Wake Forest and its Babcock School,” Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines said.  “As we all know, the city is rebuilding its economy, and we have to do it recognizing that we are part of a global marketplace.  This forum will certainly give us additional insight to help us in that regard.” 

The event is part of Wake Forest’s “Voices of Our Time” guest speaker series initiated by Hatch.  The series brings renowned guests to campus to discuss local, national and global issues of the day and is designed to encourage meaningful dialogue about those issues.

The event will be held in Wake Forest’s Brendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center and is free and open to the public. 

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  The audience must be seated by 3:45 p.m. for television recording purposes.  Parking will be available in Davis Field adjacent to Scales Fine Arts Center.

For more details about the event, visit

MEDIA NOTE:  UNC-TV will have five cameras set up for the event.  Audio and video feeds for news coverage will be available through UNC-TV’s mobile unit.  A limited number of direct audio feeds for news coverage will also be available in Brendle Recital Hall.  A limited number of reserved seats will be available for media who wish to attend.  Seats must be reserved in advance.  Because the event will be recorded for television, media in reserved seating must arrive no later than 3:15 p.m. and must remain until the program’s end.  Flash photography will not be permitted.  To arrange coverage or reserve media seating, contact Pam Barrett at (336) 758-5237 or

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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