Capital Account Finale: A Heartfelt Good-bye from Lauren and Demetri





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Published on Jan 4, 2013

Dear Capital Account Viewers & Fans,

Creating and producing Capital Account for RT has been one of my greatest professional privileges. I can't imagine another network that would have allowed me such incredible editorial freedom to create and produce such an independently minded, creative and honest program. I also had the opportunity to work with some tremendous people, and first on that list is unquestionably Lauren Lyster.

In light of how popular Lauren has become with our audience, and how much adoration they have showed her over the course of our show's existence, I can say unequivocally that only a fraction of her talents, abilities and immense intelligence are readily evident on television. She is the star that made my dreams for this show, for its message and for its entertaining style possible, and for that, I am forever in her debt.

It would be impossible to start listing the names and qualities of all the people I have met on my RT journey the past 18 months. Doing so would challenge the dwindling attention spans of modern audiences. I will simply note that, as with any endeavor that attains the type of success we have had with Capital Account, the contributions of unsung heroes are limitless.

And here, I would like to take the time to thank the "most unsung" hero of them all...our audience. I have learned through my experience working in news that garnering an audience and attaining the respect and appreciation of a growing mass of people depends more on that group's willingness to listen than it ever does on a production team's own talents of communication or expression. If it were not for all of you truly special and committed people, who have had the patience and clarity to seek out our show and appreciate it for its message, its style, and hopefully its heart, then my time here would have been very short indeed. My gratitude to you for this can never be expressed in words, so I will not even attempt to try. I will simply say that it has been my privilege to produce a show that brought on the type of quality guests and generated the sort of insightful conversation that I know all of you have, and always will, thirst for.

It is on this last point that I hope we have made our greatest, unrealized contribution, and that future shows on this network and others will find a way to continue speaking TO you, not FOR you, and that you will entrust them with the invaluable attention and respect that you have so generously entrusted to us.

Thank you for the memories,




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