Activists from the Occupy Wall Street movement repeatedly interrupted Rupert Murdoch as he gave a keynote speech at a downtown San Francisco hotel where he addressed forum attendees on how technology could help transform the nation's public education system.
"Equality in education, not privatisation!" one woman, dressed as Elmo from the the popular children's television programme Sesame Street shouted as security guards escorted her out of the ballroom of the Palace Hotel, which hosted the National Summit on Education Reform.
"Corporations own all the media in the world. Why should they not own all the education as well?" activist Joe Hill yelled sarcastically, while dressed as the Count.
Mr Murdoch appeared unfazed by the commotion. ‘It's OK, a little controversy makes everything more interesting,’ he said to audience applause before continuing his half-hour speech.About half a dozen hecklers were escorted out of the hotel after they disrupted Mr Murdoch's speech, but said they were not arrested.