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Clear Channel’s Bob Pittman on Facebook, Ryan Seacrest and More (Video)

Video hasn’t killed the radio star.

At least that’s the position of Bob Pittman, who also just so happens to run the largest radio company in the United States.

The Clear Channel chief and former AOL executive took to the D: Dive Into Media stage on Tuesday to explain how the company plans to stay relevant. Chief among the strategies are partnerships with Facebook and other companies.

The company is also striking some new deals, including a partnership Tuesday with Ryan Seacrest Productions.

And, of course, he shared a few thoughts about his old company, AOL, and where it is headed under Tim Armstrong.

Here are the video highlights:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work