For the first time in four years, I won’t be spending a large chunk of early December in NYC hotel meetings rooms as media and tech execs make their cases to investors, analysts and the press. (Believe it or not, I’ll miss it.) But our New York reporting team of David Kaplan and Joseph Weisenthal will make sure we — and you — are well covered at the UBS 35th Annual Global Media & Communications Conference.
In the past, covering Media Week meant shuttling between UBS and CSFB. No CSFB this year, which means David and Joseph will be able to focus on the myriad events at the Grand Hyatt. Keynotes include CEOs Jeff Zucker, NBCU; Leslie Moonves, CBS; Denny Strigl, *Verizon* Communications. Others scheduled to present include Philippe Dauman, CEO, Viacom; Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP; Donald Graham, chairman and CEO, *Washington Post* Company; Greg Maffei, CEO, Liberty Media; Glenn Britt, chairman & CEO, *Time Warner* Cable; George Bodenheimer, co-chairman, *Disney* Media Networks/president, ESPN & ABC Sports; Christie Hefner, chairman and CEO, Playboy; Janet Robinson, CEO, NYTCO.
Not on the agenda for the first time in my memory: *Dow Jones*, which is waiting for the closure of its acquisition by *News Corp.*, and *Tribune* Company, about to go private. No senior *News Corp.* execs either, although *BSkyB* and *FIM* are presenting. Wonder who will be missing this time next year.