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Digital First Media, FAZ, Google, Schibsted and Nation join Publish Asia programme

Digital First Media, FAZ, Google, Schibsted and Nation join Publish Asia programme


The strategies of some of the world's most diverse and largest media companies -- Google, Schibsted, FAZ and Nation among them -- will be examined at the upcoming Publish Asia 2015, the annual Asian newspaper conference from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

The event, to take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 28 to 30 April, will bring together more than 300 delegates, 40 speakers from 17 countries, 19 conference sessions, 3 break-out sessions, several in-depth master classes, a technology and services Expo featuring 21 sponsors & exhibitors, and 2 glamorous evening networking events.

There is still time to register; full details can be found at

For its 16th edition, Publish Asia will focus on strategies to consolidate print operations while building up sound foundations to secure digital growth.

 Key sessions will cover:

  • Global Media Trends
  • Audience Development
  • The resilience of Print
  • Diversifying Revenue Streams
  • From Newspaper to Broadcaster
  • Using Data & Analytics to Increase Profitability
  • Advertising Performances and Market Expectations
  • Safe journalists, Safe Sources
  • Content Discovery Optimisation
  • Re-engineering Newsrooms for the Multimedia Era
  • Injecting Innovation into News Operations

Recently confirmed speakers at Publish Asia 2015 include:

Ludwig Coenen, Head of Online Marketing at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), one of Germany's most respected quality daily.A Search Engine Optimization specialist with a track record for boosting online audiences, Mr Coenen will explain how FAZ has strengthened its online reach by building a separate content-index and by implementing dynamic widgets, automated recommendations and other innovative solutions.

Helje Solberg, CEO/Editor of VGTV, Schibsted's web-native TV venture. VGTV is a next-generation business investment that aims to increase its audience among video-centric, tablet-using, smartphone-punching millenials.

Kirk MacDonald, President of AdTaxi and Executive Vice President of Sales for Digital First Media, which jointly manages Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group with more than 800 print and online products serving 64 million Americans each month. Mr MacDonald will share Digital First Media's vision of the digital ecosystem and explain what are his company's key orientations for growing its digital business.

Thepchai Yong, Group Editor-in-Chief of the Nation Multimedia Group, a multi-media company that operates two digital TV channels and three dailies. Yong is also the former director of the Thai Public Broadcasting Service. He will speak of the challenges for publishing companies to diversify in broadcasting.

Mark Pope, the Managing Director of Dow Jones Asia Pacific and Publisher of The Wall Street Journal Asia. He will share some of the WSJ's current top business priorities and give some strategy insights for growing its business across Asian markets.

Dushyant Khare, Head of Google's partnerships business with digital and mobile publishers across Southeast Asia and India.. He will speak about new online business models, how to measure impact, and areas of cooperation for publishers and Internet companies.

Other confirmed speakers include:

-       Stephen Rae, Group Editor in Chief, Independent News & Media, Ireland

-       Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler, Philippines

-       Helena Phua, Executive Vice President - APAC, INYT, HK

-       Supakorn Vejjajiva, President & COO, Post Publishing, Thailand

-       Vachara Vacharaphol, CEO, VG3Trend, Thailand

-       JeongDo Hong, CEO, JMNet, South Korea

-       Mario Garcia, CEO, Garcia Media, USA

-       Pit Gottschalk, Managing Director, Axel Springer, Germany

-       Frédérique Lancien, Digital and New Business Director, Groupe L'Equipe, France

-       Iain Martin, Asia Editor, Storyful, Hong Kong

-       Pichai Chuensuksawadi, Group Chief Editor, Post Publishing, Thailand

-       Abdul Jalil Hamid, Group Editor in Chief, NSTP, Malaysia

-       Keith Cheong, Head of Sales, SPH Digital, Singapore

-       Wannee Ruttanaphon, Chairman, IPG Mediabrands, Thailand                

-       Nada Tielu, Head of Native, Fairfax Media, Australia

-       Yves Bougon, SVP MD, Asia, Hearst Magazines, Japan

-       Roche Chew, GM Agency Sales, NSTP, Malaysia

-       Andreas vogiatzakis, CEO, OmnicomMediaGroup, Malaysia

The full conference programme is available at:


WAN-IFRA (, based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India and Mexico is the world's association of newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.

WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific office, based in Singapore, helps to bring services such as trainings, events, consulting and publications closer to members in the region.

Inquiries to:

Wilson Leong, Operations Manager, WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Phone: +65.6562-8446, E-Mail:,,,

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