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June 26, 2002
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Peter Chernin to Highlight Aspen Summit
News Corp. President and COO to Focus on Next Digital Revolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Peter Chernin, president and COO of the News Corporation and chairman and CEO of the Fox Group, will deliver a keynote address – “The Next Digital Revolution” – at The Progress & Freedom Foundation’s upcoming 2002 Aspen Summit. An annual gathering of the digital world’s most prominent business leaders, probing thinkers and influential policymakers, the Summit takes place August 18-20 at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. Chernin’s speech is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, at 9:00 a.m. (Mountain).

As President and COO of one of the world’s largest media companies, Chernin oversees global operations spanning five continents, including the production and distribution of film and television programming; television, satellite and cable broadcasting; the publication of newspapers, magazines and books and the development of digital broadcasting. In addition to Chernin, confirmed participants include Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of, other corporate leaders and key policymakers, including FCC members Kathleen Abernathy and Kevin Martin.

“There are few people who will have as much impact on the future of the Internet and digital content as Peter Chernin,” said Jeffrey A. Eisenach, president of The Progress & Freedom Foundation. “His words and actions have global reach and significance, so he will be a very important addition to this year’s Aspen Summit program.”

Following its 1995 debut, the annual Aspen Summit became one of the most prominent events of its kind. Speakers have included industry leaders Carly Fiorina, Jerry Levin, Scott McNealy and Ivan Seidenberg; authors Esther Dyson and George Gilder; members of Congress; and senior executive branch officials. Wired News has compared the Aspen Summit to the annual Davos summit in Switzerland and to Renaissance Weekend in South Carolina.

This year’s Summit will focus on the drivers behind the next generation of Internet-driven innovation and growth, including broadband communications, new wireless technologies, rich digital content and innovative digital devices. Registration information, as well as periodic updates on 2002 program and participants can be found at

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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