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UCLA and Adelphia Communications Create New World Affairs Television Program

A television series that brings a West Coast voice to the key issues in global affairs that have emerged since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

An in-depth forum to bring together the best minds from the top West Coast institutions to review the key problems and explore potential solutions, without a bias.

UCLA and Adelphia Communications have teamed to create a television series that brings a West Coast voice to the key issues in global affairs that have emerged since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Titled "World in Focus," the four-part series airs at 8 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Jan. 10 on the Adelphia Southern California cable system.

"World in Focus" brings together elected officials, public and private sector leaders, journalists, and UCLA faculty to explore Americas role in the world post-9/11, including such issues as national security, bioterrorism, the international economy and the global role of American entertainment and media.

"World in Focus" fills an important niche in public affairs television by bringing a new West Coast perspective to the discussion of Americas role in the world post-Sept. 11, said Albert Carnesale, UCLA chancellor and an authority on national security who will participate as a panelist in the first "World in Focus" program.

Each "World in Focus" program analyzes a specific post-9/11 theme, and features a mix of one-on-one interviews with key news figures, along with roundtable discussions on major issues.

The themes of the four programs are Securing America (Jan. 10), "The War Against Terrorism" (Jan. 17), 9/11 and the Global Economy (Jan. 24) and Hollywood and the Media Post-9/11 (Jan. 31).

"World in Focus" is co-produced by Adelphia and UCLA International Studies.

The optimism of the 1990s the belief that the postCold War world would be one of peace and prosperity ended in a single moment on Sept. 11, said Geoffrey Garrett, vice provost of UCLA International Studies and an expert on global political and economic relations. We are beginning to reassess global issues and Americas role in them, and "World in Focus" will contribute to this new appraisal.

 

"World in Focus" will tackle the key issues, Garrett said. How does international terrorism work How can we protect ourselves against terrorism and fight a war against it Why does Americas role in the world provoke acts of terrorism Is America more vulnerable than we thought prior to Sept. 11 How can this vulnerability be reduced

In addition to Carnesale and Garrett, other participants include U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.); U.S. Representative Brad Sherman (D-Calif.); Los Angeles Sheriff Leroy Baca; venture capital executive Frank Biondi; RAND terrorism expert Brian Jenkins; chairman and co-founder of Phoenix Pictures Mike Medavoy; financier and philanthropist Michael Milken; Michael Intriligator, director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations; and UCLA faculty specializing in national security, bioterrorism, public health, the global economy, communications and international law.

After Sept. 11, it became clearer than ever that we must focus new attention on the world outside our borders, said Medavoy, a consultant to "World in Focus" and co-chair of the UCLA Burkle Centers advisory board. We live in a global village, and we need to better understand the issues that affect all of us.

Most news outlets provide a brief, canned, East Coast-focused version of news events without thorough discussion, Medavoy said. "World in Focus" will, I hope, provide an in-depth forum to bring together the best minds from the top West Coast institutions to review the key problems and explore potential solutions, without a bias.

 

"World in Focus" is moderated and produced by Bill Rosendahl, vice president of political affairs for Adelphia Communications and a long-time moderator of public affairs programs. Randall Fisher, vice president of legal affairs and general counsel of Adelphia, is executive producer of World in Focus. Amy Sandler and Margaret Hasheminejad are co-associate producers and coordinate UCLAs and Adelphias contributions to the program.

 

"World in Focus" airs on Adelphias Southern California system of 1.2 million cable subscribers. Broadcast may expand into Adelphias national market in 30 states.

Each "World in Focus" program will repeat several times; check the Adelphia schedule for air dates and more information.

For more info please contact:
Harlan Lebo
(310) 206-0510
hlebo@college.ucla.edu

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