Business Insider wrapped up its annual flagship IGNITION conference yesterday, with a line-up of speakers including NYU professor and L2 founder Scott Galloway, CNN president Jeff Zucker, political commentator Tucker Carlson and executive editors of The Washington Post and The New York Times respectively, Martin Baron and Dean Baquet among others.
Here are some highlights:
Scott Galloway said that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google should be broken up. He argued that regulation creates unbelievable shareholder value when it’s done adroitly, and that breaking them up is necessary in pursuit of capitalism.
CNN President Jeff Zucker dismissed President Donald Trump’s criticism of the network. In a conversation with BI’s advertising editor Mike Shields, Zucker said that Trump was “a terrible media critic.” He also commented on Matt Lauer’s firing from NBC on sexual misconduct allegations saying that “I’ve known Matt for 25 years and didn’t know this Matt.”
In an interview with Business Insider global editor-in-chief Nicholas Carlson, Fox News host Tucker Carlson defended his coverage of an Obama administration-era uranium deal that conservative lawmakers and media outlets have covered extensively in recent weeks. He argued that the company shipped American uranium to Canada without an export license.
New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said that the criticism of the newspaper’s “sympathetic” neo-Nazi profile was “the most ridiculous overreaction.” “My own view, and I suspect some people will disagree: It was the most ridiculous overreaction to a story,” Baquet said.
In an interview on leading brand evolutions, AT&T chief brand officer Fiona Carter dodged my questions on how the company and competition would evolve if the Time Warner Acquisition were to go through. Instead, she said that because AT&T is a legacy company, “our competition is ourselves.”
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