UN speaks directly to the American people via NBN

New York: For the biggest one-day project in the history of News

Broadcast Network, the company produced a ten-city video conference two

weeks ago for the United Nations with Walter Cronkite and UN

Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The electronic town-hall meeting, hosted by Annan and moderated by

Cronkite, aired live exactly one month after the terrorist attacks on

the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The meetings focused on the UN's actions on terrorism and the

organization's support for anti-terrorist initiatives and the people of

the US.

Each city provided an additional moderator, as well as a panel of local

business, political, and academic leaders.

With 17 employees plus freelancers working full time, NBN set up the UN

and local sites including camera crews, directors, and uplink control

trucks in the 10 cities visited: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver,

Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Seattle, St. Louis, and Tampa,


The event was carried live on the Times Square jumbo-tron and by CNN.

NBN also distributed b-roll and a tape of the live feed, which drew an

estimated audience of 5,750,000 viewers.

Mike Hill, president of NBN, said the project was a first for NBN, which

had never before shot video from the UN. It was also a first for the UN,

according to Hill, who said the international organization had never

before spoken directly to the people of the US.

The project also furthered NBN's business goal of entering the corporate

video production and event market.

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