World Leaders Headline 1998 CNN World Report Conference

April 21, 1998

Confirmed Speakers to date include: U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Argentina President Carlos Menem and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, President Carlos Menem of Argentina, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and hundreds of international journalists will participate in the ninth annual CNN World Report Conference, held in Atlanta from May 6-9, 1998. The CNN World Report Conference is the only event of its kind--a forum for 200 journalists from around the world to meet and discuss the state of global television news and other issues affecting CNN's international affiliates. Each year, the conference, the largest meeting of its kind in the world, features panel discussions, workshops and presentations by leaders in politics and business to attending journalists.

"This conference provides international journalists with an unprecedented opportunity to meet global leaders and to share their experiences in building better communications between nations," said Tom Johnson, president, chairman and CEO, CNN News Group. "The emergence of the CNN World Report Conference as an important global forum is another reflection of CNN's leadership in the coverage of news and the people changing our world."The conference will begin on Wednesday, May 6, with a reception in the atrium of CNN Center. Time Warner Vice Chairman and CNN founder R.E. Turner will host the opening festivities.

On Thursday, May 7, Richard Kaplan, president, CNN/U.S., will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast session. Following Kaplan's address, CNN prime anchor and senior correspondent Judy Woodruff will moderate Global Forum '98: Media in Review, a roundtable discussion with reporters and correspondents on the responsibilities of the media.

Also on Thursday, Diego Ramiro Guelar, Ambassador of Argentina to the United States, will introduce the luncheon keynote speaker, The Honorable Carlos Saul Menem, President of Argentina. Later that afternoon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the conference via satellite from Israel. From Atlanta, Minister of Education and Palestinian Authority spokesperson Hanan Ashrawi will participate in the discussion with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Thursday afternoon's session will be a panel on the Cold War, moderated by Pat Mitchell, president of Time Inc.-CNN Productions, and featuring Sir Jeremy Isaacs, producer and filmmaker of the upcoming COLD WAR, CNN's 24-hour documentary series premiering on CNN/U.S. on Sept. 27, 1998. Sir Jeremy Isaacs will be joined by historians Tom Blanton and Vladislav Zubok.

On Friday, May 8, Time Warner Chairman Gerald Levin will speak at the conference breakfast and introduce Time Warner Vice Chairman and CNN Founder R.E. Turner, who will present his annual conference address. Later that morning, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan will speak via satellite to the conference attendees and take questions.Friday's luncheon will feature the Annual World Report Contributor's Awards ceremony, honoring the eight best reports submitted in 1997. CNN World Report executive producer and co-anchor Ralph Wenge will host the ceremony, with co-anchor Asieh Namdar.

Friday afternoon will include a technology panel featuring the eight sponsors of the CNN World Report Conference. Executives from Oracle, Panasonic, Quantel, SONY, SUN Microsystems and Tektronics will discuss the latest technological trends for the newsrooms of tomorrow. The afternoon panels conclude with a presentation from Barbara Pyle, CNN vice president for environmental policy, and guest speaker Dr. Nafis Sadik of the U.N. Population Fund.

The closing breakfast and contributor workshops will be held on Saturday, May 9.

CNN World Report, the news program shown daily on CNN International (CNNI) and weekly on CNN/U.S., brings together-unedited and uncensored-the news reports of more than 138 broadcasters from all over the world. The annual CNN World Report Conference provides a forum for nearly 300 international industry executives and journalists to communicate on an equal basis through panel discussions, workshops and presentations by journalists and world leaders.The CNN News Group is one of the largest and most profitable electronic news and information companies in the world. The hub of the CNN News Group is the Cable News Network (CNN), distributed to 73 million U.S. households. Altogether, the CNN News Group is available to more than 800 million people worldwide with six cable and satellite television networks (CNN, CNN Headline News, CNN International, CNNfn, CNN/SI and CNN en EspaƱol), three private, out-of-home networks, two radio networks, seven Web sites and CNN Newsource, the world's most extensively syndicated news service.

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