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Media Advisory

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.


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