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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik