Alan Friedman (born in New York, April 30, 1956) is an American journalist and media executive.
Friedman was educated at New York University (NYU) (B.A. Politics and History), the London School of Economics (International Relations) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A. International Economics and Law).
Friedman worked in the administration of President Jimmy Carter in the role of Presidential Management Intern. He began his professional career working for the staff of Hon. Bella Abzug (D-NY) and of Hon. Donald Fraser (D-MN).
From 1979 to 1993 he worked for the Financial Times of London, as a columnist on bonds, a banking correspondent and a foreign correspondent in Italy and the United States. His professional relationship with the International Herald Tribune and RAI made way, in 1999, to a joint venture for the co-production of the weekly programmes World Business/Pianeta Economia (Planet Economy), produced by FBC.
Friedman's television career began in the early 1980s with regular appearances on BBC Newsnight. In 1991 he participated, with Ted Koppel of the ABC Nightline programme, in the production of a series of broadcasts by ABC/Financial Times on the scandal of the weapons sale to Iraq.
He hosted the Alan Friedman Show, a peak talk show on the Sky TG24 news channel in Italy. It was dedicated to national and international economics and politics. From 1994 to 2003 Friedman was global economics correspondent of the IHT.
From 2003 to 2005 he was global economy columnist for the Wall Street Journal Europe. He was executive editor of World Business, a weekly global business programme produced by FBC Media and broadcast on CNBC. Friedman founded and was chairman of FBC. The programme was cancelled in August 2011 after it was revealed that FBC acted as a public relations firm for the government of Malaysia and carried puff pieces in the shows it produced. FBC Media went into administration on 24 October 2011.
In February 2014, his new book Ammazziamo il Gattopardo (Let's Murder the Leopard) was serialised with an excerpt in The Financial Times of London.
- Tutto in famiglia, (Longanesi, 1988) ISBN 88-304-0834-4.
- Ce la farà il capitalismo italiano?, (Longanesi, 1989) ISBN 88-304-0916-2.
- AGNELLI and the Network of Italian Power (Harrap, New American Library, Longanesi and Planeta, 1988). ISBN 0-453-00690-6.
- La madre di tutti gli affari, in collaboration with Emanuela Minnai (Longanesi, 1993). ISBN 88-304-1167-1.
- Spider’s Web: The Secret History of How the White House Illegally Armed Iraq (Bantam, Longanesi, Faber and Faber, 1993). ISBN 0-553-09650-8.
- Il bivio. L'Italia a metà strada tra crisi e transizione, (Longanesi, 1996). ISBN 88-304-1346-1.
- Ammazziamo il gattopardo (Rizzoli, 2014). ISBN 88-170-7216-8
- Authors, About Alan Friedman Radiotelevisione Italiana.
- Senior Management Team, fbcmedia.com
- Friedman column, pressgazette.co.uk, 27 June 2003.
- "Alan Friedman". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "CNBC drops 'World Business'". Politico. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
- Teoh, Shannon (11 October 2011). "Putrajaya paid RM94m to FBC Media for global airtime". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
- Burrell, Ian (28 October 2011). "Ian Burrell: Surely viewers deserve better than this?". The Independent. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
- Friedman, Alan (10 February 2014). “Italy: Monti’s secret summer”. The Financial Times. Retrieved 28 Juin 2014.