The World Newspaper Congress, organised by the World Newspaper Association (WAN), is the most influential, global platform for the print media. This year, a strong 59-member Indian delegation is participating in the 61st World Newspaper Congress that opened at Göteborg, Sweden, on Monday morning. The Congress is being held from June 1-4, 2008.
Over 1,500 publishers, chief executives, managing directors and managers from all levels of the industry from at least 110 countries are attending the Congress this year. The World Editor Forum also kicked off simultaneously in Göteborg.
Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL) has sent nine members, constituting the largest representation from an Indian media house. The BCCL team is led by Ravi Dhariwal, CEO-Publishing, and includes Jaideep Bose, Executive Editor, The Times of India, and Rahul Joshi, Executive Editor, The Economic Times.
HT Media is represented by Raju Narisetti, Editor, Mint, and Neelanjan Shome, Chief Marketing Officer.
The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) is represented by Bahubali Shah, INS President, and Pawan Chopra, Secretary General.
Among the leading Indian publishers and media owners attending the Congress are Aroon Purie, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, The India Today Group; Rishi Darda, Executive Director, Lokmat Group; I. Venkat, Director, Eenadu; Jacob Mathew, Executive Editor, Malayala Manorama; Murali Narashimhan, Managing Director, The Hindu; Abhijit Pawar, Managing Director, Sakaal Papers; Siddharth Kothari, Director, Rajasthan Patrika; Prabhat Khabar promoter Prashant Jhawar; and Anurag Batra, Editor-in-Chief, exchange4media Group.
Stuti Kacker, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, is also attending the Congress.