MSNBC To Present "Summit in Silicon Valley"

Fri. February 25, 2000 12:00 AM by Business Wire

Palo Alto, CA - In an unprecedented two-hour discussion with the leaders in the Internet and technology revolution, MSNBC will broadcast a "Summit in Silicon Valley," moderated by NBC News' Tom Brokaw, February 27, 8:00 - 10:00 PM ET. Live from Memorial Auditorium on the Stanford University campus, Summit participants will include: Marc Andreessen, Chairman and Co-Founder, Loudcloud; Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO,; Stephen Case, Chairman and CEO, America Online Inc.; John Chambers, President and CEO, Cisco; Christos M. Cotsakos, Chairman, CEO and Director, E*Trade Group, Inc.; Darien Dash, Founder, CEO, DME Interactive Holdings Inc.; Craig Mundie, Senior Vice President, Consumer Strategy at Microsoft; Ted Waitt, Chairman, Gateway Inc.; Jay Walker, Founder and Vice Chairman,; Meg Whitman, President and CEO, eBay Inc.; and Jerry Yang, Co-Founder, Yahoo!. The audience at Memorial Auditorium will be open to Stanford University students and Bay Area residents.

"The recent advancements in technology and the explosion of the Internet have become the biggest stories of the new millennium," said Erik Sorenson, Vice President and General Manager, MSNBC. "By assembling industry visionaries for this Summit, we hope to come away with a better understanding of this uncharted territory."

The 21st century is being defined by those who are connected and those who aren't. This ever-growing digital divide begs the question: where, when and how do we get plugged-in? The telecast will cover this subject as well as, broadband: what is it and who controls it; convergence: what are the risks and benefits; mergers, monopolies and acquisitions: how big is too big; 'e'commerce, 'e'conomy, and internet taxation: who sets the rules and who regulates them; censorship, security and personal privacy: who draws the line between the right to privacy versus public safety?

Additionally, a pre-selected group of journalists will join Brokaw in questioning the panelists during the program. The journalists include: Kurt Andersen, Author, Turn of the Century and Co-Chairman, Powerful Media; Ken Auletta, The New Yorker; Karen Breslau, Wired Magazine; Michael Kinsley, Slate Magazine; John Markoff, New York Times; Brock Meeks,; and Kara Swisher, Wall Street Journal.

Throughout the Summit broadcast, NBC News anchor Soledad O'Brien will moderate MSNBC's online global chat, ( from the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. Additionally, a group of Stanford University students gathered at the museum will participate in their own chat forum, also hosted by O'Brien. O'Brien will relay select questions and comments to the panelists from these conversations.

Other interactive components during the Summit include, live streaming video of the event ( and interactive television programming for WebTV Plus users. reporters will participate during the program. And prior to Sunday's event, a survey on relevant issues will be posted on ( Users are encouraged to cast their vote in addition to emailing questions to Brokaw for inclusion during the Summit. Definitions of common Internet terms also will be posted along with panelist's bios and an opinion essay by Brokaw.

"This is a natural opportunity for MSNBC to actively engage the audience throughout the Summit," says Merrill Brown, editor in chief. "This will enhance the Summit experience overall by providing interactive information and programming to our viewing and online audience."

Also, the weekend edition of the "Today" show and MSNBC's "Morning Blend," both anchored by Soledad O'Brien, will broadcast live from the Tech Museum of Innovation, Sunday, February 27, at 9:00 - 10:00 AM and 10:00 - noon ET, respectively. "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" and the "Today" show are both producing special related programming prior to and following the Summit.

And leading up to the Summit on MSNBC, "Morning Line" anchor Gregg Jarrett will broadcast live from the Tech Museum of Innovation, Thursday and Friday, February 24th and 25th, 9:00 - 11:00 AM ET.

Stephen Capus is the executive producer for MSNBC's "Summit in Silicon Valley."

MSNBC is a joint venture between NBC, a leading provider of news and information, and Microsoft, the leader in personal computer software and a major provider of Internet online services. Built on the worldwide resources of NBC News, MSNBC is a 24-hour cable news network and Internet news service at

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