World Business Review

Infobox Television
show_name = World Business Review

format = Business Education
runtime = 27 minutes
creator = MMP (USA) Inc
starring = Caspar Weinberger
Alexander Haig
Norman Schwarzkopf
country = USA
network = NBC
num_episodes = N/A (airs daily)
first_aired = 1970
last_aired = present
country = USA
network = American Public Television
network = American Public Television
num_episodes = 700 (airs weekly)
first_aired = September 5, 1996
last_aired = present
imdb_id =
tv_com_id = 1
World Business Review is an American television news magazine that currently airs across North America and various outlets worldwide, including campus television, podcast and in-flight. The business education program presents round table panel discussion interviews in combination with field segments about specific companies and their solutions. The companies featured on the show pay a fee to be profiled. Supporting material and commentary is provided by leading industry experts. The weekly series is among the longest running utilizing this unique format, having aired more than one thousand episodes and more than 4,000 interviews.


World Business Review first aired Thursday evening September 5, 1996 on Philadelphia, PA's public television station WYBE.

* That first episode, #301, was hosted by Caspar Weinberger, Chairman of Forbes magazine and Secretary of Defense during President Ronald Reagan’s administration. These earliest episodes were co-hosted by David Hazinski, former correspondent for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.
*Because of the subscriber nature of local public television stations, local presentation of the "World Business Review" is scheduled by individual stations and air times would vary by market. By December 4, 1996, initial broadcasts of that first episode had reached 42,491,400 potential households in eighteen markets including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Miami and as part of Knowledge TV, a part of Jones Intercable.
* In January 1998, episode #420 heralded the first "On Location" Special of "World Business Review". This format consists entirely of field reports shot onsite around the country. This format allowed a more visually impactful program and ultimately let to the formation of a dedicated group of "On Location" episodes beginning in July 2001.
* Also in 1998, the "World Business Review" Tape Series was approved for continuing education. In cooperation with Indiana State University and Dr. Gerald W. Cockrell, Professor at ISU, the series remains incorporated into a full credit curriculum. The modules include an organized curriculum, student workbooks, activities & objectives and an instructor guide. The series also becomes a library resource at universities around the country.
* In 1999, "Health Journal Television" was launched dedicated to examining solutions and technologies in the medical and health care industries.
* May and June 2000, "World Business Review" episode 711B marked the first major transition in Host duties as Alexander M. Haig Secretary of State for Reagan 1980 to 1981) assumes the post of Moderator from the retiring Caspar Weinberger.
* In November 2001, the "World Business Review" studio moved to a South Florida affiliate of NBC where between 5 and ten episodes were taped. At the beginning of 2002, taping was moved again to WXEL in Boynton Beach, Florida.
* In 2003, airing times nationwide were consolidated into one consistent slot coast to coast. This was accomplished with the move from public television to CNBC as paid programming. The program airs without commercial interruption, allowing the shows producers to maintain editorial control of both topics and content.
* During the autumn of 2006, while hosts transitioned from Haig to Schwarzkopf, the studio was moved temporarily to accommodate both the new and tenured hosts schedules during the overlap of taping.


*In September 2006, World Business Review introduced its third host, Norman Schwarzkopf.

*In 2000, World Business Review welcomed its second host, General Alexander M. Haig. Haig’s tenure as host is unmatched; hosting more than one thousand episodes during the taping period November 2000 to November 2006, from episodes #711B to at least #1818. His relationship with World Business Review remains as host of the newly created 21st Century Business.

*In September 1996, World Business Review introduced its first host, Caspar Weinberger. Weinberger hosted World Business Review between 1996 and 2000, from episodes #301 to #711A.

Industry Experts

With the assistance of the Alliance for Technology Education (TATE), the program's advisory panel (a stable of Co-Hosts) participate in discussions to educate business professionals on topics, trends and issues in business and commerce. The Alliance is headed by the series' host and many eminent figures including Presidents of respected industry associations. Among them:

Vinton Cerf, Co-Developer of the TCP/IP internet protocol
Daniel T. Miklovic, Vice President, Gartner G2 Division
Matthew J. Flanigan, President, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
Harris Miller President, Information Technology Association of America (ITAA)
Wayne Adams, Chair, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
Bruce Aitken, Homeland Security Industries Association (HSIA) Dr. Eugene Arthurs, The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
Dr. Gerald W. Cockrell, Professor, School of Technology, Indiana State University
Rhett B. Dawson, President, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) (formerly CBEMA)
Nelson E. Fabian, Executive Director, National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
John P. Gardner, Jr.,Co-Author and Speaker Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurial Soul
Bob Gill, President, Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)
Fred Johnson, President, Credit Union Executives Society (CUES)
Jay Kitchen, President, Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA)
William Lempesis, Executive Director, Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA)
Dave McCurdy, President, Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA)
Bruce J Parker, President, Environmental Industry Associations (EIA)
Dr. Michael Pregmon, President of the Quality Assurance Institute (QAI)
Neil D. Schuster, President, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA)
Robert L. Greene, President, Investment Company Institute ICI0 (formerly NAIC)
David F. Henault, CEO, Association for Services Management International (AFSMI)
Susan P. Kezios, President, American Franchisee Association (AFA)
Wallace Read, former President, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Max E. Rumbaugh, Jr.,Vice President, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Peter S. Tippett, President, National Computer Security Association (NCSA)
Thomas E. Wheeler, President, Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA)
Richard Palmieri, President Commercial Finance Association (CFA) Kurt Yeager, President Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)


Among the awards for excellence in programming, the series has won two notable Telly Award in the TV or cable Programming - Information category. Episode #623 titled “Guaranteeing the Internet”, the entire program was packed up and moved on location to Geneva, Switzerland in October 1999, and featured extensive interviews with executives of Hewlett-Packard Company.

Episode #635, included among several topics “Network Message Technology”, was taped in studio in Washington DC and hosted by Caspar Weinberger and Co-hosted by Harris Miller President of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). Featured interviews with executives from a number of companies and Co-Hosted by Vinton Cerf, Internet Pioneer and co-developer of the TCP/IP protocol.

*Telly Awards honor outstanding TV commercials, video production and film giving recognition to leading cable production for over 25 years.

*4 Telly First Place awards Category: TV or Cable – Information
*17 Telly Finalist awards Category: TV or Cable - Information

*Aegis Awards are leading industry awards judged by peers within the film and production industries, much like the Academy Awards. Bestowed on only the highest quality commercial production.

*2 Aegis awards Category: Documentary
*6 Aegis Finalist awards Category: Documentary Promotional/Sales

* In total, the program has earned no less than 29 awards.

* The series is directed by Alan Levy. Beginning in 1979, his creative eye and writing style have been seen on NBC and PBS and a variety of other media. His expertise includes film, video, working in live multi camera television and single camera documentaries. His career spans television commercials, entertainment specials, documentaries, educational films, marketing videos, and public affairs television. He has received six Emmy Awards, twenty Telly Awards and an award from the International Film and Television Festivals of New York.


The program has come under controversy for accepting underwriting from the companies which are featured on it. However, the program's producers maintain that they retain editorial control. []

According to, fees paid by profiled companies to the show range between $10,000 and $50,000. NPR is one organization that has criticized the show for representing paid content (usually framed in softball interviews) as legitimate business journalism. []

External links

* [ Official site WBR w/ Norman Schwarzkopf]
* [ Archive of WBR w/ Alexander Haig site]
* [ Health Journal Television]
* [ 21st Century Business w/ Alexander Haig]

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