FT Future of News Europe: Trust, Disruption and Growth in a Shifting Political Landscape


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Europe’s rich and varied media industry is at a crossroads, fighting harder than ever for an audience amid threats from political extremism, fake news, digital giants and innovative start-ups.

While the proliferation of alternative news on digital platforms has led to a fact-based renaissance for some traditional media, the extension of populism across the region is posing a new challenge, with recent research showing that a growing proportion of citizens distrust mainstream news reporting on key political and economic issues.

Meanwhile, business models are changing rapidly, with print and television forced to compete ever more intensively with social media and other digital sources -- both established platforms and new start-ups -- with significant implications for advertisers and audiences.

The "FT Future of News Europe" series continue this year with a new focus on "Trust, Disruption and Growth in a Shifting Political Landscape", taking place on 29 November, in Brussels, at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel

ETNO Director General, Lise Fuhr, will be joining the panel titled "Going the distance - remaining competitive in a cut-throat industry", aimed at answering the following questions and more:

  • What tools are disruptors and the disrupted using to ensure they can outrun - or at least keep up with - the competition?
  • How can news providers harness from both emerging and existing tech like AI bots, podcasting and analytics to retain and grow their audiences?
  • Which new roles in data and innovation are key to staying ahead?
  • What can media learn from other industries that have been upended by the digital revolution?

The other speakers on the panel are:

  • Olivier De Raeymaeker, CEO, Le Soir
  • Nishant Lalwani, Director of Investments, Independent Media, Luminate, Omidyar Group
  • Francis Morel, former CEO, Le Figaro and Groupe Les Echos-Le Parisien

Building on the success of the inaugural event in New York, FT Future of News Europe will gather top media executives, editors, academics and business leaders from across the region to discuss the opportunities for growth in an increasingly disruptive technological, political and social landscape.

More information and registration available at this link

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