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Monday, March 15, 2010
Ted Koppel Talks To Robert Siegel About New Media

Last Sunday, Robert Siegel, senior host of NPR’s award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered, interviewed Ted Koppel, current senior news analyst for the BBC and for NPR. During the Q&A session, Ted answered a question from our online audience, where we often solicit questions in advance via Facebook, Twitter, and our blog.

Ted answered a question received at our Facebook fan page from Grace Wing-Yuan Toy, who asked: “Where do you see media going as the Internet has taken over for most Americans’ outlet for news?” The video above leads with Ted’s answer where he speaks about the irrefutable influence of the Internet on news, and sees this as a good thing, but cautions about unverifiable sources and the spread of misinformation.

By way of example, he wryly notes the online description for his 92nd Street Y event stated that he was a six-time Emmy Award winner when in fact, he has won 42 Emmys over his career. We would like to congratulate Ted on his 42 Emmys and appreciate his good-natured outlook on the error. Also thanks to our Facebook fan Grace Wing-Yuan Toy for submitting her question and being a part of the conversation. Because it was selected for use, we will be providing Grace with two tickets to an upcoming event!

The second half of the video contains a great story from Ted’s radio days about giving a ride to Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff with priceless impersonations of both.

We are now taking questions for Lou Dobbs, who will appear next Thu, Mar 25 in conversation with Jeff Greenfield. This is your chance to be a part of the conversation and have your voice heard. Leave your questions here in the comments, and if used on stage, we will provide you with two complimentary tickets to an upcoming event.

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