Velshi on the Menu: “Our Audience is Prepared to Digest More News”

By SteveK 

With Glynnis still in Canada, we were joined by another Canadian on our four-month podcast anniversary: CNN’s chief business correspondent, Ali Velshi.

Velshi talked about the coverage, and successes and failures, of President Obama’s Europe trip.

We also discussed the various “Money Summits” CNN has been airing — which will continue in May. “They’ve been very, very well-received, and I’m pleased about that,” said Velshi. “What it says is that our audience is prepared to digest more news and news of a greater sophistication when it comes to their money.”


Velshi says interaction is important in business reporting. “It’s not scientific: it’s emails and phone calls and I-Reports,” he said. “But it’s some sense of feedback about what viewers want, and it tends to resonate.”

Also discussed: Velshi’s current advice to those in financial trouble, the Wall St. Journal’s new pay model and Velshi’s upcoming trips to Canada.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at and call in at 646-929-0321. On tomorrow’s Menu: ABC’s Cynthia McFadden.

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