WS: News operations are very expensive. How do you get the content and look you want on the screen and still contain costs?
AILES: We’ve done very well from the start. I came up through television-station operations, so I understand cost efficiencies pretty well. We have never missed a major story, nor have we ever not done a major story because of costs. But we also don’t believe that a bureau needs to be 10,000 square feet of cement and a [staff of people] waiting for news to happen. In today’s world, technology moves so fast [you can have] two people in the right place with an uplink. When the tsunami hit, we broke that story ahead of CNN, as I recall, and they had 50 times more people in the region than we did. We were on it and we moved fast and we brought what [equipment] we needed for that moment. As for transportation, when we needed to get into Tora Bora, [the reporter] Geraldo Rivera [offered] some guy $50 and talked him into flying a broken-down helicopter up to Tora Bora and got in a day ahead of CNN. We’ve always operated on a need-to basis. As long as I can maintain that spirit and intensity in the personnel, we’ll be fine. We also subscribe to international news services [that supplement our own coverage]. Occasionally, every news outfit in the world, I don’t care who it is, is either late or misses a story. But our [operation misses stories] no more than CBS, CNN or anybody else.