WNET Lines Up Russert and Gore for Conference

Noncommercial WNET and co-owned WLIW New York have lined up Current TV co-founder Al Gore
and current Sunday TV staple Tim Russert to speak at its two-day March conference, "The
Celebration of Teaching & Learning."

The conference will focus on global awareness and science and is a combination of
professional development and a pep rally for for teachers. It is also a chance for
administrators, school board members and policymakers to talk about the future
of the next generation in schools, K-12.

The stations launched the conference last year and it will likely become an annual event.
WNET spokeswoman Lisa Batchelder says that a number of other noncommercial stations have expressed
interest in launching similar conferences in their home markets.

Prices vary, but the early-bird registration, which ends at the end of this month, is $150 a
day or $275 for both days. Those who register early are entered in a drawing for a 10-day
trip to Europe for three colleagues and a dozen students.

Last year's conference drew 7,000 people and  the same or more anticipated for this year.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.