Position:NATAS International Council Directory - Directory

Biaglo Agnes (Director) is president of STET, the Italian Telecommunications company. Before this, from 1982 to 1990, he was director general of Italy's RAI (Radiotelevisone Italiana). He joined RAI in ~958 following a successful career in journalism. He worked on daily radio and TV news programs before being named editor in chief of the nightly news program, Telegiornale. In 1969 he became deputy director of Telegiornale and co-director three years later. In July 1976 he was appointed general manager of the Naples regional office of RAI, where he increased considerably the number of radio and TV productions. He returned to Rome the following year as director of the regional radio and television services, where he was responsible for starting RAI's Third Channel television news service, TG3. In October 1980 he was named deputy director general in charge of the three RAI national radio networks and in this capacity proposed a restructuring project for radio. He is professor honoris causa of communications and telecommunications at Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires.

Antonio Asensio Pizarro (Director) born in Barcelona, married and with three children is a representative example of the new class of young and imaginative businessmen who merged in Spain with the restoration of democracy. Since June n992, he has served as chairman of Antena 3 Television, SA, which is the first private Spanish TV station to "see the light." Upon Mr. Asensio's arrival at the presidency, the station started a new stage with a radical change o[ image and strategy as well as new programming that until now has only obtained great successes. He is also chairman of Grupo Zeta SA, one of the country's most important press groups, which occupies the top position regarding the number and significance of its publications.

William F. Baker (Director) has served since April 1987 as president of the largest U.S. public TV station, WNET/Thirteen in New York. Previously, Dr. Baker served as president of Group W Television, Inc. and chair of Group W Satellite Communications. He joined Group W as vp and general manager of WJZ-TV in 1978. He was named president of Group W TV in 1979 and chair of Group W Satellite Communications (GWSC). Baker began his broadcasting career while still a student at Case Western University, where he received his BA, MA and Ph.D. degrees and is presently a member of the Board of Trustees. He is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate from St. John's University. Dr. Baker is married and has two children.

Gabor Banyai (Director) is director of Channel One at Magyar Television (MTV) in Hungary, a position he has held since 1991. His career since 1973 spans journalism and broadcasting. He has been a drama critic on a major Hungarian daily, host of cultural programs and worked freelance. Between 1976 - 82 he was head of MTV's drama unit. In the next eight years he returned to journalism, taught drama history at Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences and worked as a program editor at Hungarian Radio. In 199o he returned to MTV as executive director. Due to the actual political situation he is temporarily unable to fulfill his position. During this period of transition he is working on the creation of an independent, private nationwide cable network.

Julius Barnathan (Fellow) is the technology and strategic planning consultant for Capital Cities/ABC. Prior to this he was the senior vp responsible for overseeing the company's long-range planning for future applications of existing and emerging technologies. Barnathan had been president in charge of broadcasting operations and engineering for ABC since April 1965. Prior to joining ABC in 1954, he was a director at Kenyon and Eckhardt Advertising Inc. He has been honored for his contributions to the industry on numerous occasions, having received the NAB's 1982 Engineering Award, an honorary Doctor of Science from Gallaudet College and Emmy Awards for both 1976 Summer Olympic and 1980 Winter Olympics. He holds a BA degree in mathematics and statistics from Brooklyn College and an MA degree from Columbia University's School of Mathematical Sciences. He is married and has three children.

Ralph M. Baruch (Fellow) was a founder of Viacom International Inc. He served as its president and CEO from 1971 to 1983, and as chairman and a member of the office of the chief executive from 1983 until July 1987, and is now serving as a consultant to the company. In the late 194os, Baruch began his communications career in radio and joined the DuMont Television Network in 1950. He moved to CBS in 1954, progressing from account executive to CBS group president. prior to the inception of Viacom. Baruch is a co-founder and former chairman of the National Academy of Cable Programming, and in January 1988, received the first "Governor's Award," presented by the Board of the Academy in recognition of his contributions in the development of cable programming. Baruch is past president of the International Radio 8 Television Foundation. In 1985 the [RTS honored Baruch with its Gold Medal -- one of the most prestigious awards in communications -- for his outstanding contributions to the industry. He is also a founder of the International Council and the recipient of an Emmy.

Silvio Berlusconi (Director) is president and owner of the Fininvest Group, a highly diversified corporation in the field of communications in both Italy and Europe. Involved in housing and commercial construction developments, Berlusconi's Fininvest is also active in motion pictures and entertainment, broadcasting, advertising, publishing, finance, insurance and retail distribution. Silvio Berlusconi owns and is president of A.C. Milan, Italy's soccer team. Berlusconi was founder of a closed circuit television station in 1969 which he expanded into a regional network. In 1979 he created Canale 5 and later acquired Italia and Rate 4, thus becoming the owner of Italy's three premier commercial television networks. European television network interests include Telecinco in Spain and Telefunf in Germany. Silvio Berlusconi Communications is the motion picture and entertainment division of the Fininvest Group and is responsible for acquiring. developing, producing and distributing mini-series. television series and feature films. Silvio Berlusconi is a rounding member of ACT (Association of Commercial Television in Europe) and was honored as MIPCOM's Man of the Year in 1991.

Frank J. Biondi (Director) has been president and chief executive officer of Viacom international Inc., and its parent, Viacom Inc.. since 1987- He is also a member of the Board of Directors of both companies. Prior to joining Viacom, Mr. Biondi has been chairman/CEO of Coca-Cola Television from 1986 and before this, chairman/CEO of Home Box Office. He joined HBO as director, Entertainment Program Planning in I978. Mr. Biondi serves on the Boards of Directors of the Leake and Watts Children's Home and the Morningside Nursing Home.

Edward Bleier (Director/Fellow) is president of the Domestic Pay-TV, Cable 8 Network Features division of Warner Bros., Inc. He has been with this film company and its parent. Time Warner Inc.. for over 24 years and has been in the forefront of many developments in programming, cable. pay-TV. home video and pay-per-view. Previously he held extensive senior management positions with the American Broadcasting Company as ABC-TV vice president in charge of, variously, daytime sales and programming; network sales and marketing/public relations/advertising/long-range planning. His early experience was as a newspaper and broadcast journalist. Mr. Bleier also heads the steering committee of the Aspen Institute/Broadcast Industry Conference; he is a director and past-president of the International Radio 8 Television Society; and a trustee of the Keystone Center of Science and Environmental Policy; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also teaches extensively in professional and academic forums.

Herve Bourges (Director) has been president/director general of the French public broadcasting companies France 2 and France since December 1990- Between 1956 and 1980 he held many academic posts, including lecturer at the University of Paris and founder and director of the international school of journalism in Cameroon, among others. In 198o he became spokesman for the director general of UNESCO and director of the public information office. In 1982 he became director general of Radio France International. Between I983 and 1987 he was appointed president/director general of TF-1 During the next four years he held senior posts at CIPAC S.A., Canal Plus Afrique, Radio Monte Carlo and SOFIRAD. He has been published many times and has received several honorary mentions and awards.

John Cannon (Director) has been president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 1976. having previously served as chair and vice chair of the board and as president of the New York chapter for two terms. During his career, Cannon has been involved in all phases of TV production, as well as films and theater, as a performer, producer and creator. Trained as an actor/newscaster and commercial spokesman, his broadcasting career spans the Golden Age of Television to being chosen by the State Department as narrator of presidential visits to foreign countries and reciprocal visits of foreign dignitaries to the United States. He has been a premier interviewer on both network radio and TV, as well as in national syndication. An international broadcasting figure, Cannon is fluent in five languages.

Richard Carlton (Director. Ex-Officio) executive chairman of the International Council of NATAS since 1983, has announeed plans to step down December 31, 1993. His future plans involve creative activities in television and publicity. His career started at Columbia Pictures, then National Screen Service. His move to television began at Sterling...

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