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Hearst Television chairman and CEO David Barrett and ABC News president Ben Sherwood will discuss “The Future of Television News” at 5:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 4) at the Hill Alumni Center.

Barrett and Sherwood will make brief opening remarks and then discuss the challenges and opportunities media companies face in this age of digital convergence. The discussion is part of the Wade H. Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium, a free event that is open to the public.

Barrett is a member of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Management Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was named Broadcasting & Cable Magazine’s Broadcaster of the Year, and under his leadership Hearst Television has won some of the industry’s most prestigious awards for news reporting.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood
ABC News president Ben Sherwood

Sherwood is responsible for all aspects of ABC News broadcasts, including “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Sherwood also oversees ABC News Radio,, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News NOW.

The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy will host the colloquium, named in honor of Wade Hargrove, a nationally recognized media lawyer and former chair of UNC Board of Trustees. The colloquium was established and funded by various media companies and friends of Hargrove as a forum for discussion and debate on contemporary media issues.

Hargrove was the driving force behind the creation of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy as a national forum for legal and media scholars, government officials and industry leaders to discuss emerging issues at the intersection of media and law. The center is a collaboration of the UNC journalism and law schools.

Read more about the Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium.

Published November 1, 2013.