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CNBC Looks at the Future of TV

As the TV networks, and increasingly online video networks, prepare to pitch their new shows to advertisers at the annual upfronts, CNBC is looking at the future of the industry. Monday night, CNBC’s Media and Entertainment reporter Julia Boorstin takes viewers inside the companies competing to shape the new connected-TV reality. MTV founder Tom Freston, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, CBS CEO Les Moonves, Disney CEO Robert Iger, even actor Ashton Kutcher all weigh in on the future of television.

“Stay Tuned…The Future of TV,” premieres Monday at 9pmET/PT on CNBC.

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The New Yorker Profiles ‘Afghanistan’s Rupert Murdoch’

Mohseni060610.jpg In a fascinating read, The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta, profiles the man who some call “Afghanistan’s Rupert Murdoch,” Saad Mohseni.

Mohseni is the founder of the Moby Group, the most powerful and successful media company in Afghanistan. The company produces the country’s number one show, “Afghan Star” (essentially an Afghan take on “American Idol”) as well as news on its Tolo Channel.

The news it produces is having a major impact in the country:

Still, an estimated one-third to one-half of the population of Afghanistan watched a Presidential debate last August on Tolo TV, and cameras from Tolo have been repeatedly banned from parliament and the government ministries after the network broadcast stories of government ineptness or wrongdoing. Its news programs exposed stuffed ballot boxes and other examples of fraud in the August Presidential election. Mark Thompson, the director-general of the BBC, visited Mohseni in late March, and told me, “Our guys tell me that Tolo news blew them away. In this entire region, no one else is doing this kind of work. That’s on TV. On radio, they also blew them away.”

The article also discusses Mohseni’s relationship with the former Viacom CEO Tom Freston, who now sits on Moby’s board of directors:

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