2017 Global News Forum

2017 Global News Forum

The 3rd Global News Forum will be a gathering of editors, producers reporters and decision-makers from across the globe to discuss about “The Future of Television News”.

The following topics will be discussed during Day 1 of the Forum :

- Innovation, Changes and Disruption in the media landscape

- Winning New Audiences Beyond Traditional Sources

- Transforming Television Newsrooms

- Media Ethics and Media Freedom

On Day 2, there will be a 3 hour Masterclass : Creating Content for Millennials.

The Global News Forum is open to Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union members, partners and all world news stakeholders.

Location

Date: 26-27 July 2017

Venue: Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel, Singapore

Programme

Wed 26 July 2017

8.30 - 9.00
Registration
9.00 - 9.05
Welcome
Walter Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, Mediacorp
9.05 – 9.20
Keynote Address. Read Here
Strengthening the Value Proposition of News in an Age of Misinformation.
Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Health
9.20 – 10.30
Session 1. Responding to Disruption in the media landscape
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Moderator:
Steven Chia, Presenter and Editor, Channel NewsAsia
Panelists:
Maria Regina E. Reyes, Head, Integrated News and CA, ABS-CBN
Samanthi Dissanayake, Asia Editor, BBC website
Jonathan Harley, Director of Content Partnerships, News APAC, Twitter
10.30 – 11.00
Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30
Session 2. Winning New Audiences
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Moderator:
Chloe Cho, Presenter and Executive Producer, Channel NewsAsia
Panelists:
James Lee, Head of English newsroom, RTHK
Yoshiyuki Ohashi, News Director, Video Production Division, News Department, NHK
Mr Eduard Chizhikov, Head of RT's 360-degree content
Miguel Bernas, Vice President, Digital Marketing, Mediacorp
12.30 – 12.40
Presentation by Dalet
12.40 – 14.30
Lunch
14.30 – 15.30
Session 3. Transforming Television Newsrooms
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Moderator:
João Francisco Pinto, Portuguese News and Program Controller, TDM - Teledifusão de Macau
Panelists:
Gavin Fang, Managing Editor Coverage, ABC News
Jaime Ho, Chief Editor, Digital News, Mediacorp
Putra Nababan, Senior Journalist & Founder of idtalent
15.30 – 16.00
Coffee Break
16.00 – 17.00
Session 4. Media Ethics and Media Freedom
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Moderator:
Graham Ellis, Deputy Director, BBC Radio
Panelists:
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President, The International Movement for a Just World Malaysia
Mr Aidan White, Director of the Ethical Journalism Network (UK)
Dr Khaldun Malek, Senior Fellow - KITA
17.00 – 17.05
Introduction by GNF 2018 Host, VTV
17.05 – 17.15
Closing Address
Dr Javad Mottaghi, ABU Secretary-General
18.00 – 19.30
Mediacorp Tour cum Reception

Thu 27 July 2017

09.30 – 12.30
Session 5. Masterclass on Creating Content for Millennials
Sydney Suissa, Broadcast Consultant Washington
12.30 – 13.00
Refreshment

Speaker’s Profile

Keynote Address
Mr Chee Hong Tat

Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Health

Session 1 Moderator
Mr Steven Chia

Presenter and Editor,
Channel NewsAsia

Panelist
Ms Maria Regina E. Reyes

Head,
Integrated News and CA, ABS-CBN

Panelist
Ms Samanthi Dissanayake

Asia Editor,
BBC website

Panelist
Mr Jonathan Harley

Director of Content Partnerships,
News APAC, Twitter

Session 2 Moderator
Ms Chloe Cho

Presenter and Executive Producer, Current Affairs, Channel NewsAsia

Panelist
Mr James Lee

Head of English newsroom,
RTHK

Panelist
Mr Yoshiyuki Ohashi

News Director, Video Production Division, News Department, NHK

Panelist
Mr Eduard Chizhikov

Head of RT's 360-degree content

Panelist
Miguel Bernas

Vice President, Digital Marketing, Mediacorp

Session 3 Moderator
Mr Joao Francisco Pinto

Portuguese News and Program Controller, Teledifusao de Macau

Panelist
Mr Gavin Fang

Managing Editor Coverage,
ABC News

Panelist
Jaime Ho

Chief Editor,
Digital News & Radio News

Panelist
Putra Nababan

Senior Journalist & Founder of idtalent

Session 4 Moderator
Mr Graham Ellis

Deputy Director,
BBC Radio

Panelist
Dr Chandra Muzaffar

President, The International Movement for a Just World Malaysia

Panelist
Mr Aidan White

Director of the Ethical Journalism Network

Panelist
Dr Khaldun Malek

Senior Fellow - KITA

Closing Address
Dr Javad Mottaghi

ABU Secretary General

Master Class

CREATING CONTENT FOR MILLENNIALS

By Sydney Suissa

Born roughly between 1980 and 2000, the millennial generation has grown up in a world unlike any other. Theirs is a global, multi-cultural and connected world. Theirs is a world of digital communication, mobile, visual and instant. Millennials formed the last generation of the 20th Century and they will indelibly shape the 21st.

They have already transformed traditional industries from personal banking and retailing to travel, and marketing. This master class will examine will explore another landscape they’ve profoundly changed, and will continue to change: television and journalism.

The master class will present salient demographic and qualitative information about this generation, from values and ideals to life priorities and content preferences. Using that demographic baseline, the master class will then explore how to produce content in a style they will be drawn to and relate to. We will discuss narrative approaches and the use of a point of view. We will look at what key adaptations need to be made to the traditional story structure. Throughout I will present and use clips to illustrate the possibilities open to content makers in their quest to reach this generation of viewers. As one industry observer stated: “today’s millennials are tomorrow’s viewers. If television is to survive and thrive, it must reach them.”

Sydney Suissa is an award-winning filmmaker and production trainer with a rich background in channel development and international programming. Trained as journalist, he began his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation working his way from production assistant to documentary producer to Executive Producer. In 2004 he moved to Washington DC to take on the position of Executive VP of Programming for National Geographic, a position he held until 2012. During his tenure he commissioned over 1500 hours of original content, ranging from natural history and science, to investigative reports and historical biographies. He has launched numerous channels including History Television, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Adventure, and most recently Zoomoo (a pre-school channel). For the past four years, Sydney has been a consultant for various media and production groups and has conducted extensive documentary training in Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia. His awards include an International Emmy, a Gabriel and two Geminis. Sydney holds a Masters Degree in Journalism and is based in the Washington DC area.

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