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The 2009 summit meetings of the world's press - the historic first annual events of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (the merged WAN-IFRA) - take place in the world's biggest democracy, where the press is not only free and fiercely independent, but undergoing extraordinary growth. 

India now ranks internationally as the second largest press market, after China, with almost 99 million copies sold daily - an increase in circulation of 36 % over the past five years.  Well over 200 million people read newspapers every day and 19 of the world's top 100 selling titles are to be found in the country.

While newspapers profit from the extraordinary appetite of Indians for print publications, they are by no means lagging behind in the development of multi-media platforms and many exciting and innovative digital strategies are emerging.

As newspapers all over the world continue to develop the exploitation of their content through digital media, WAN-IFRA has decided to again focus on the dual challenge facing press companies everywhere:  maintaining and expanding their core, print products, while seizing all available opportunities to extend their brands, audience and revenues through the new distribution platforms.

The leitmotiv of the 2009 World Newspaper Congress will once more be 'Newspapers: A Multi-Media, Growth Business', as presentations and discussions examine the strategies which are showing success at leading news enterprises world-wide.  

A `Growth Business´?  The Congress theme was devised before Wall Street crashed last year and, as newspapers all over the world struggle with plunging advertising revenues, it may raise eyebrows that we have maintained it.  It is, however, our conviction that the future for news publishing companies remains highly positive once the economy turns round again - as it will, sooner or later.

As each year, the conference will provide a unique panorama of trends and innovations in the industry and an unmatched opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from every culture, region and market.  The 2008 events in Sweden were attended by a record 1,800 participants from 113 countries - and India is planning to beat that!

We recognize that this may well be the first opportunity for many participants to discover this extraordinary country.  In order to facilitate your plans to explore India, we are this year offering a rich selection of tours both before and after the Congress (details elsewhere in this brochure).  

And Hyderabad?  India's fifth biggest city, 400-years-old, it has in three consecutive years been elected the 'greenest and cleanest' in the country.  A fast-growing hub for the IT, Biotech and Pharmaceutical industries, it is now considered to be the conference capital of India, boasting a state-of-the-art convention centre, where the WAN-IFRA events will take place.  Thanks to a brand-new international airport, Hyderabad is also easy to get to, with direct flights from several continents.

Who is the Congress for?

The Congress is a 'total' newspaper event bringing together publishers, chief executives, managing directors, editors - and the most ambitious managers from all levels of the industry.  Suppliers of services to newspapers and news publishers are very welcome, whether as exhibitors or participants.


monday 30 november

14h30 - 17h30


The Annual Press Freedom Round Table



The Annual Digital Media Round Table



The Annual Young Reader Round Table

(the round tables are open to all participants and will take place at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre)

Welcome Reception

tuesday 1 december

All Congress sessions take place at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre

10h00 - 12h00
Opening Ceremony

Welcome addresses by:

T. Venkattram Reddy, President, Indian Newspaper Society

Gavin O'Reilly, President, WAN-IFRA

Dr. J. Geeta Reddy, Minister for Tourism, Culture & I&PR, Government of Andhra Pradesh

Hon. Dr. K. Rosaiah, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

Hon.  Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, President of India

Presentation of the 2009 WAN Golden Pen of Freedom
by Xavier Vidal-Folch, President, World Editors Forum, to

Najam Sethi, Editor-in-Chief, Friday Times and Daily Times, Pakistan

12h00 - 13h45
Opening of Info Services Expo 2009 & Lunch

14h00 - 14h40
World Trends in the Newspaper Industry:
An Update
Timothy Balding, Chief Executive Officer, WAN-IFRA FR
(Joint session with the World Editors Forum)

Business Session Themes

The economic crisis has provoked a dramatic fall in advertising revenues throughout the newspaper world and has also been detrimental to circulation in many markets, even though total global sales continue to rise, largely thanks to developing nations. 
At the same time, new digital revenues continue to prove - at best - modest for the vast majority of news publishers, with little being generated from content and a slow-down in growth in advertising, which remains at a relatively low level.
This twin challenge has led to major cost-cutting programmes and restructuring and, in the case of digital media, to the widespread perception that a radical change may be necessary to monetize content and abandon the `everything for free´ model.
Senior executives from a wide range of newspaper companies will discuss and debate these and many other issues and present case studies which explore the fact that Newspapers are a Multi-Media, Growth Business:  

- Newspapers have seen a 100 % recovery of their revenue loss after previous financial crises.  Will this crisis be different? 

- Does the forecasting of trends, inaccurate and problematic even in stable times, make any sense any longer? Is the issue for newspapers now rather the creation of the capability of rapid reaction to change?

- As the `old´ print-only model fades into the past, how good have newspapers become at changing their cost structures and eliminating waste?

- How can the new reach attained by newspapers through their combined print & digital operations be monetized?  Many newspapers dominate their print and digital markets - how can they turn this into better profit?

How can they really begin to leverage the advantages of multi-media advertising opportunities?

- The search engines: friend or foe?  Is the continued growth and diversification of the big search companies an opportunity for newspapers, through partnerships for example, or a real threat to their revenues?  Is radical action now necessary to safeguard the intellectual property of newspapers on the web?

14h45 - 18h00
First Session
Newspapers: A Multi-Media, Growth Business

Session Chairman: Horst Pirker, First Vice President, WAN-IFRA

Andreas Wiele, Member of the Board / President BILD Division and Magazines,
Axel Springer AG, Germany

It´s Still a Business: What Newspapers Must Know About the Digital Future
Les Hinton, Chief Executive Officer, Dow Jones & Co., USA

Paul Jansen, CEO, SPH Search, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore

Special Guest Speaker:
Olivier Fleurot, CEO, Public Relations, Corporate and Financial Communications, Events Management for Publicis Groupe

Discussion and debate between panel members

Dinner and entertainment at the
Boulder Hills Golf Course  

wednesday 2 december

8h45 - 10h15
Second Session
Shaping the Future of the Newspaper
Presentation of the best from the 2008/2009 strategy reports of WAN-IFRA's major SFN  research project, analyzing developments and opportunities in the press industry.

The session will present the results of a unique global study on how publishers are coping with change, reorganizing their structures and introducing new models and new strategies for revenue generation.  It will also examine: new technologies for profitable publishing; how to build better relationships with advertising agencies; successful outsourcing strategies; winning mobile strategies.

10h45 - 12h30
Third Session
Newspapers: A Multi-Media, Growth Business

Session chairman: Venkattram Reddy, Chairman, Deccan Chronicle, India

Media migration: the re-inventing of a newspaper company for the new news ecology
John Paton
, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, impreMedia LLC, USA

 The making of the world´s highest read newspaper
Mahendra Mohan Gupta
, Chairman/Managing Director and Managing Editor, Jagran Prakashan
Ltd, India

Ma. Alexandra R. Prieto-Romualdez, President & CEO, Philippine Daily Inquirer/inquirer.net, The Philippines

Discussion and debate between panel members

12h30 - 14h00
Panel discussion in partnership with the International Association of Sports Newspapers (IASN) and the News Media Coalition. The event is upon invitation only.
Participants who would be interested in attending can contact Rosarita Cuccoli, secretary general of IASN, at

14h00 - 17h00

Fourth Session
the power of print 

As Internet growth rates slow and newspapers struggle to build significant digital revenues, this session takes a fresh look at the business that still makes the money, remains credible and effective, and is still hugely popular - print!

Session chairman: Abhijit Pratap Pawar, Managing Director, Sakaal Media Group, India

Speakers include: 

  The Times of India: the making of a media brand
Ravi Dhariwal
, CEO Publishing, Bennett, Coleman & Co. (Times Group), India

The power of print
Martim Figueiredo
, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, 'i' daily newspaper, Portugal

Resilience: the story down under
Mark Hollands
, CEO, Newspaper Publishers Association, Australia

Printosaur or printotronics
Gerd Finkbeiner
, Chairman of the Executive Board, manroland AG, Germany

Discussion and debate between panel members


17h00 - 19h00

Workshop of the International Association of Sports Newspapers (IASN) on the growth of a multimedia dimension in the sport press and its consequences. Presentations, followed by a very interactive debate with participants, will examine the process of integration between paper and web in sports newsrooms, the possibility - or not - of charging readers for sports online news, and the rising competition from team-owned media.

Panelists include:

George Brock, Professor and Head of Journalism at City University, London, and former international editor of The Times

Santiago Nolla Zayas, editor of El Mundo Deportivo (Spain) and President of IASN

Gianni Valenti, Deputy Director of La Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy)

Antoine Vernholes, International Director of L'Equipe (France).

Evening free

thursday 3 december

8h30  - 10h15
Fifth Session

the resourceful newspaper company:
achieving business efficiency and creating a sustainable future 

Lower costs and greater efficiency are vital as newspaper companies continue to face turbulent market trends.  This session will examine strategies being implemented by press groups to achieve those objectives, including outsourcing, efficiency evaluation, the reduction of overheads and performance improvement.

Introduction and moderation: Eamonn Byrne, Business Director, WAN-IFRA

Speakers include:

Moving into multiple business models
Marieke van der Donk, Senior Manager, Entertainment & Media, PricewaterhouseCoopers N.V.,
The Netherlands

Surviving an cconomic crisis - and emerging even stronger
Alexander P. Strakhov, Chief Executive Officer, Media3, Russia

Conquering the big city market from the suburbs
Per Bowallius
, President GISAB, Mitt i, Sweden

Discussion and debate between panel members

Coffee break

Invitation to the 63rd World Newspaper Congress, Lebanon,
7 - 10 June 2010: Nayla Tueni, Vice Chairman, An-Nahar

10h45 - 12h00
Sixth Session
2009 Global Report on Innovations in Newspapers by the Innovation International Media Consulting Group, presented by Juan Senor, Vice President, and Carlo Campos, Consultant 

The presentation will examine a wide range of industry developments including: successful branding efforts,  how newspapers are developing new business models, the use of Mobile Journalists (MoJos), mobile advertising, what bloggers can contribute to newspapers, how newspapers can improve their advertising sales efforts, and the development of 'fusion journalism'. 
(Joint session with the World Editors Forum)

12h00 - 13h00
WAN-IFRA Annual General Meeting
(open to all participants)

13h00 - 14h00

14h00 - 16h00
Seventh Session
what do we do about google?  the great debate

Session chairman: Kees Spaan, President, Dutch Newspaper Publishers Association, Chairman, Copyright Working Party and Vice President, European Newspaper Publishers Association

David Drummond, Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel, Google Inc., USA

Dae-Whan Chang, Chairman, Maeil Business Newspaper & TV, Republic of Korea 

Gavin O'Reilly, CEO, Independent News & Media plc.

Gala dinner and entertainment at the Chowmohalla Palace