Monday, March 12, 2012

Fit For a King

So, let's say you're the richest person in the world; how would you spend your money? Actually, no, don't answer that - you're not the richest person in the world, not even close, so you're just blowing smoke. Instead, let's check in the the actual richest person in the world and see how he's spending his money these days:

"I wear the black for the poor
and the beaten down..."
Carlos Slim Helú, the Mexican billionaire, is financing an Internet television network called Ora.tv that will feature Larry King, the former CNN interviewer, in a return to the interviewer’s chair.

The network, to be announced on Monday, is the latest indication of Mr. Slim’s interests in Internet broadcasting and in televisionlike content. It will have a slate of shows of varying lengths and will stream them via the Internet to computers, phones and television sets in the United States, Latin America and elsewhere, bypassing traditional television distribution systems.

Jesus, seriously? Larry friggin' King? On your phone? How many people who pine for King's return still own rotary-dial phones? We can't help but feel Slim's just showing off here.  Mexico's full of rich guys who spend all their money on white Bengal tigers.  Slim's so goddamn rich, he can buy Larry King, and put him in your phone!  If he's not careful, he'll become the Mark Cuban of Mexico.

(And, yes, this post is entirely motivated by jealousy and sour grapes.  If Slim wants to throw money at a washed up gringo journalist's digital ventures, he's welcome to come to our next quarterly directors meeting in Bermuda.)

3 comments:

Tim Berners-Lee said...

It's a good business move. Telcel will sell more data packets at it's exorbitant rate. The locals do love their cell phones. Now they will be able to watch their Telenovelas on the go.

Burro Hall said...

And really, if there's one person Mexicans are clamoring to pay money to see on their phones, it's Larry King.

Zoe said...

Why not just set up a microphone inside the coffin of a dessicated corpse and put 'em on t.v.PRETEND it is a live person. Enough already of Larry King!