CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 18, 2001
WHO: Bill Bolster, chairman and CEO, CNBC
WHAT: Media Availability
WHEN: Friday, April 20, 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.
WHERE: Room C150 of the Pappajohn Business Building (first floor)
As part of his Friday, April 20 visit to the Henry B. Tippie College of
Business at the University of Iowa, Bill Bolster, chairman and CEO of CNBC,
will be available for media interviews.
Bolster will be meeting with the Board of Visitors of the Tippie College
of Business and with business students. He will also talk with faculty and
graduate students in the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Bolster began his broadcasting career in Iowa, starting in 1965 as an on-air
announcer and salesman at KDTH radio in Dubuque. From 1977 to 1983 Bolster
was vice president and general manager of KWWL-TV in his hometown of Waterloo,
Iowa, as well as a member of the board of directors of its parent company,
Black Hawk Broadcasting Company. Bolster received a B.A. degree from Loras
College in Dubuque.
He was named chairman and CEO of CNBC in February 2001. Since he joined
the network as president in January 1996, CNBC has become the top-rated global
leader in business news and information, now reaching more than 166 million
households in the United States, Canada and 83 countries throughout Europe,
Asia and Australia. CNBC Europe, based in London, and CNBC Asia, based in
Singapore, are pan-continental services that operate as partnerships with
Dow Jones. As Chairman and CEO, Bolster is responsible for the expansion of
CNBC's global franchise including sales and business development.
During Bolster's tenure, CNBC has achieved dramatic ratings gains for all
its Business Day programs (airing weekdays 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET) -- including
the popular "Squawk Box" program and "Business Center,"
television's premier nightly business news program -- as well as substantial
increases in CNBC revenues and profits. Bolster has been called the "king
of TV financial news" by The New York Times; named as one of "The
30 Most Powerful People In Investing" in 2000 by Smart Money magazine;
honored as the 2000 "Cable Broadcasting Executive of The Year" by
The Delaney Report Newsletter; and named to Ticker magazine's "Power
50" list as one of the most influential people in financial services.
Previously, Bolster served for five years as president and general manager
of WNBC-TV, NBC's owned and operated flagship television station in New York
City. During his tenure, the station dramatically increased its ratings and
financial performance, going from number three in New York to number one.
Bolster is credited with strengthening news operations, sales and marketing.
Prior to joining NBC, Bolster was president of Multimedia Broadcasting from
1989 to 1991. He joined that company in 1983 as vice president and general
manager of KSDK-TV, an NBC affiliate in St. Louis.