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Content : Programming : Multiplatform

Engage and Connect: Richard Lobo, Director of the BBG’s International Broadcasting Bureau, talks about his first year in office and the BBG’s ambitious new five-year plan – go to interview

Asia Insight: MD Debra Soon is responsible for the entire business operations of Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia, part of MediaCorp Pte Ltd. The channel, seen in 25 territories across Asia, is now aiming for a global presence – go to interview

Next Step HD: In his role as Newsroom Director of Press TV, based in the Tehran headquarters of Iran’s first international news network broadcasting in English 24/7, Hamid Reza Emadi is instrumental in shaping the channel’s output – go to interview

Going Omni-media: Under the direction of founder and CEO Liu Changle, Phoenix Satellite TV has grown into an integrated multi-media group – the company went public in 2000. The next step, Liu says, is developing omni-media – go to interview

Digital Content and Delivery: Acting MD Andy Williams has been involved in ITN Source’s ‘Project Digital Archive’ since 2009. The mammoth task of digitising all assets now completed, he says it has transformed the business while making it easy for media companies worldwide to access and purchase digitise clips online around the clock – go to article

Gamify Your Brand: Through its award winning mobile technology platform mVoy, Mobile Interactive Group covers everything in the mobile services value chain from mobile payments to mobile commerce, mobile marketing, mobile advertising and social interactivity. MIG founder and CEO Barry Houlihan on how broadcasters can engage and monetise audiences – go to interview

A David Among Goliaths: Mi-Fone founder Alpesh Patel saw a gap in the market for a mobile devices brand which caters to the mass market in emerging territories. The African start-up turns being small into a distinct advantage and is now positioning itself for massive growth as 700m Africans are yet to connect to the internet, the majority via mobile devices – go to interview

How to Mojo in the Outback: Ivo Burum, a pioneer of the user generated style of production in Australia, describes how the mobile evolution is enabling indigenous mobile journalists to report from the most isolated communities, using only their smartphone and 3G telephony – go to article

Tagging TV: Richard Kastelein, partner at Agora Media Innovation and Publisher of, explores the potential of temporal metadata. Scene-level TV metadata will trigger an action on the second screen – sounds great but is far from easy. Go to article

Wayne Borg, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer of Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 on how the enterprise is growing as a centre of excellence for media and entertainment content creation in the region – go to interview

Paul Mason, Head of Olympic Broadcasting Services London on how London is getting ready for the world’s broadcasters during the 2012 Olympic Summer Games – go to interview

Mark Howell, Associate Director 2012 – Media & Logistics, explains what the London Media Centre can offer for broadcasters and particularly Non-Rights-Holders in the run-up to and during the 2012 London Olympics – go to interview

Julien Bergeaud, Eurosport’s Director of Programmes and Broadcasting, on translating the brand review that puts sports fans and their emotions at the heart of the narrative into actual programming for the 2012 Olympics – go to interview

Richard Kastelein, CEO of Agora Media Innovation and Publisher of, and serial entrepreneur Dick Rempt, CEO of Talents Media, look at Connected TV and emerging multiplatform viewing behaviour in terms of threat or opportunity for broadcasters – go to article

Russian Travel Guide TV describes itself as an international documentary TV channel focused on the cultural and geographical variety of the world’s largest country. CEO Fedor Strizhkov talks about the channel’s broadcast mission – go to interview

Nelson Hoineff is a well-known figure on the Brazilian media scene. He has worked for some of the biggest TV networks in Brazil, set up his own production company COMALT 15 years ago and was instrumental in setting up the Institute of TV Studies in Rio de Janeiro which furthers Brazilian talent – go to interview

Angel Dobardziev, Ovum analyst and author of ‘Monetising Mobile Content in Emerging Markets’, argues that in the emerging economies mobile content services are at an inflection point – go to article

Prof. Stephen Quinn, Head of the International Communications division at the University of Nottingham campus in Ningbo, China, says that broadcasters seeking links in China need to understand the significance of social media there – the Chinese equivalents of YouTube are filled with longer form content much of which is professionally produced – go to article

Social media has been in the spotlight as a source of information in the protests that swept across the Middle East in early 2011 in the so-called ‘Arab Spring’. Technology consultant Roger Stone looks at how social media has fed into, as well as fed off, traditional media – go to article

The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2011 addressed ‘Human Rights in a Globalized World – Challenges for the Media’. Highlights from the international conference that brought together 1600 participants from over 100 countries – go to article

PRO-FILE on Daniel Adams, Head of International Content at Dailymotion, one of the world’s largest online video platforms offering general entertainment content including film, sport, music and news – go to profile

Al Anstey, Managing Director Al Jazeera English on shaping the channel’s next phase of evolution “Nine years viewing in a month” – go to interview

Philippe Rouxel, VP Worldwide Distribution France 24 explains his three-pronged strategy to be “Globally visible” – go to interview

Nakhle El Hage, Director of News and Current Affairs Alarabiya News Channel – go to profile

Michael McCluskey, Chief Executive ABC Radio Australia on the challenge of making scheduled listening to scratchy short wave compelling while at the same time providing stimulating content for multimedia platforms “Big issues, local context” – go to interview

Hosam El Sokkari Yahoo! on “User power” – as Head of Audience he is building the strategy for both audience and content for Yahoo! Middle East Arabic and English gateways – go to interview

Richard Kastelein, Founder & Dick Rempt, CEO Talents Media “Social TV – Blue Ocean strategy? A look at how social TV can produce value for broadcasters” – go to article

Julia Ragona, Chief Broadcast Operations Officer, Akbar Ayazi, Associate Director for Broadcasting and Mardo Soghom, Deputy Director for Broadcast Strategy and Operations RFE/RL on their interactive SMS/MMS service for Afghanistan “Just get informed” – go to interview

What next for mobile? SonyEricsson’s Aldo Liguori on “Customise and create”, Nokia’s Gerard Grech on “Publish to mobile”, HTC’s Phil Blair on “Smartphone democratisation” – go to interviews

Malika Alouane JCC and Baraem TV Director of Channels’ Programming “Multimedia for kids” – go to interview

Margarita Simonyan RT Editor-in-chief “Free video and more” – go to interview

Paul Robinson KidsCo Managing Director “Building a kids community – and a fourth global children’s network” – go to interview

Joe McAvoy Eurosport “Challenge World Cup Africa” – go to article

Mohamed Harrath Islam Channel “A new kind of fusion – Islam Channel is going mainstream and international” – go to interview

Toby Hartwell The Associated Press Global Marketing Director “Profile: career, about AP, latest initiatives and future strategy” – go to article

Global Media Forum 2010 Deutsche Welle “The Heat is on: Climate change and the media” – go to article

Richard Kastelein, Founder & Dick Rempt, CEO Talents Media “Social TV – the virtual watercooler? A look at the concepts and technologies, and the forces driving further development” – go to article

Rik Rensen Radio Netherlands Worldwide Editor in Chief “Multi cross media is the way to go” – go to interview

Fran Mires Alhurra TV Producer “Creating Al Youm – a live daily show for the Middle East” – go to interview

Serkan Oral 6News Editor in Chief “A first for Turkey – international multilingual format and pioneering use of 3G technology” – go to interview

Alan Heil Former VOA Deputy Director and author “Pakistan’s radio wars” – go to article

Mahmoud Bouneb JCC Executive General Manager “The life of kids [JCC is the first Pan-Arab ‘edutainment’ channel for 7-15 year olds and Baraem TV is the first FTA Arabic-speaking pre-school channel]” – go to interview

Tony Burman Al Jazeera English Managing Director “There is a hunger” – go to interview

Nahida Nakad France 24 Deputy Director Arabic Service “We can win with the quality” – go to interview

Aydar Aganin Russia Today TV Director Arabic “Different from mainstream” – go to interview

Brian Martinez Bloomberg TV Head of Broadcast EMEA “This is our time” – go to interview

Nabil Al Khatib Al Arabiya Executive Editor “Redefining TV news” – go to interview

Gerard Grech Nokia Head of Content for Media & Games “Opening the Ovi door” – go to interview

Stanislas Leridon France 24 Internet & New Media Director “Pioneers of the mobile universe” – go to interview

Genevieve Goetzinger Radio France Internationale Executive Director “RFI on any phone with AudioNow” – go to interview

Corne Bouman ProSkope Managing Director “Mobile news gathering – the race to be first on air” – go to interview

Roger Stone Roger Stone Consultancy Director “Four billion mobile opportunities – and rising” – go to article

Michael Joseph Safaricom CEO “Lifeline mobile – why the Kenyan mobile operator has leapfrogged the West” – go to interview

Michael-Ryan Fletchall Experience Media Studios CEO “Creating an unforgettable experience at the TwoFour54 media zone in Abu Dhabi” – go to interview

Lem van Eupen Radio Netherlands Worldwide Head of Strategy “Adding value and being innovative in the broadest sense” – to to interview

KIM Hye-Young KBS World Radio Head of International Broadcasting Team – go to profile

Ou Nianzhong TVS Southern Television President “After the fairy tale – Chinese-German cooperation in radio, TV and training” – go to

Michael Peters euronews MD “Rebranding with the focus on ‘pure news'” – go to interview

Pierre von der Hoven Southern Africa Direct CEO “The first destination marketing company TV channel in the world – go to interview

Arnab Goswami Times Now SVP and Editor in Chief “How differentiated content can attract a wider viewer base” – go to interview

Abubakar B. Jijiwa Voice of Nigeria Director General “Telling Africa’s story” – go to interview

Ruigang Li Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group President and Sun Wei SMG Head International Channel Shanghai “A diversified business, keen to exploit all new media platforms” – go to interview

Jeff Gedmin Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty President “It’s our job to go out of business” – go to interview

Jeff Trimble US Broadcasting Board of Governors Executive Director – go to profile

Mohamed Ali Harrath Islam Channel Founder “Getting ethics back into the media” – go to interview

Shao Li-chung Radio Taiwan International President “Steps to change – the media landscape has gone beyond any previously imagined horizon” – go to interview

Hanh Tran Radio Australia Chief Executive “The challenge of expansion without additional resources and trying to serve two sets of audiences” – go to interview

Nigel Parsons Al Jazeera English MD “Leading AJE out of the starting blocks for a spectacular first 12-month lap” – go to interview

Margarita Simonyan Russia Today Editor in Chief “Moscow views – the challenge of promoting a Russian TV channel to the West” – go to interview

Alain de Pouzilhac France 24 CEO “It’s a new race for the market share – France 24 launched on the web before its satellite distribution began” – go to interview

Mohammad Sarafraz Press TV CEO “Iran’s Press TV joins the international news channels” – go to interview

Richard Sambrook BBC Global News Director “BBC World Service gets into TV – standing out in an ever more crowded marketplace is a challenge” – go to article

Magnus Scheving LazyTown Founder and Producer “Sportacus rules – raising healthy kids and going global” – go to interview

Technology : Delivery : Transmission

Tried and Tested Partner: As Head of Contribution Services for GlobeCast, Simon Farnsworth is one of the key people behind the scenes trying to make the London 2012 Olympics an unforgettable experience for viewers the world over. What are the challenges in London? – go to interview

Powering the Games: Sean Taylor, Senior Manager in the Panasonic UK Olympic Project Office, has been working full time on the delivery of the Olympic project for the past four years. As one of the TOP sponsors, Panasonic provides a diverse range of equipment around the Games – broadcast equipment, screens, HD visual communication systems and CCTV security – go to interview

Enhancing Graphics: Mammoth and deltatre will be providing TV graphics for the BBC’s coverage of London 2012. Mammoth Graphics MD Phil Long explains why both companies will be using Vizrt – go to article

PRO-FILE on: Martin Burkhalter, Chief Executive Officer, Vizrt, on his career and his company’s latest initiatives to give digital media professionals the means of realising limitless creative possibilities in the field of broadcast graphics – go to profile

Slow Motion – Live and Very Fast: For the 2012 Olympics, Belgium based EVS is again a key partner for host broadcaster OBS – EVS’s innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionised live broadcasting. Marketing Director Nicolas Bourdon gives a preview of what we will see at London 2012 – go to interview

Delivering DSO: Babcock was selected by Arqiva, which is rolling out Digital Terrestrial TV to 98.5% of the UK population, to support critical engineering, infrastructure and project management capabilities. Babcock Project Manager Simon Adams reports on what is involved – go to article

File-based News: Simon Hayward, Regional Sales Director Northern and Southern Europe, on how Avid solutions revolutionised news production in Spain’s largest and most influential multimedia group RTVE – go to article

Mark Errington, CEO of OASYS, leading provider of software-based playout solutions, presents a case study of a newspaper launching a 24/7 news channel without the need for operators or newsreaders – go to article

Prof. Stephen Quinn, head of the International Communications division at the University of Nottingham campus in Ningbo in China, is an expert mojo and author on mobile journalism. Here he shares some tips on how the mojo can report from anywhere with a cell phone provided he has a reliable network connection or wifi – go to article

Daisy Veerasingham, Business Leader EMEA The Associated Press on the multi-million digital video transformation for AP’s video news business “Ambitious transformation” – go to article

Robin Ribback, Head of Product Development NorCom IT AG on implementing NCPower editorial and production system at three Swiss TV stations “Swiss hat-trick” – go to article

Ken Blakeslee, Chairman WebMobility Ventures watches the Virtually Large, Actually Small Technologies “VLAS…” – go to

Fabien Roth, General Manager Consumer TV Panasonic Europe on the growth of connected TV and VIErACAST’s unique selling points for broadcasters and users “Connected comeback” – go to interview

Rex Jenkins, MD UK Vizrt “3D trailblazer – graphics for 3DTV” – go to interview

Paul Bristow ADB VP Strategy “Digital TV without the pain” – go to interview

Robert Bell World Teleport Association Executive Director “Opportunities for change agents” – go to interview

Lior Rival RRsat Global Communications Network VP Sales and Marketing “Solutions for content providers” – go to interview

Margaret Keane Babcock International Group Head of Customer Relations, Broadcast and Security “Emergency response – severe flooding at the BBC’s Asia relay station” – go to article

Mahendra N Vyas Essel Shyam Director “How to be profitable and green” – go to interview

David Treadway WRN Broadcast Managing Director “The company’s new brand identity – big growth is coming from managed services for TV” – go to interview

Ken Armstrong CET Teleport CEO “Building a reputation” – go to interview

Dante Neyra GlobeCast Regional Sales Manager “Going after the big players in Latin America” – go to interview

Jill Grinda euronews Worldwide Distribution Director – go to profile

Filip Lachert TVN News & Services Agency Special Projects Manager “Establishing Poland’s TVN Agency – ready for Vancouver” – go to interview

Alla Salehian AP Global Media Services Director “War & the Oscars – reporting from the frontline” – go to interview

Ma Guoli Beijing Olympic Broadcasting COO “A man for all games – a veteran of Olympic reporting who was instrumental in bringing the memorable spectacle of Beijing to our screens” – go to interview

David Justin GlobeCast Asia CEO and Graham Smith GlobeCast Sales Director Global Contribution Services “Challenge Beijing” – go to interview

Lior Rival RRsat Global Communications Network Deputy CEO & VP Sales and Marketing – go to

Bryan Coombes VT Director Broadcast “Backing the right horse – trialling options is crucial for broadcasters – go to article

Francois Laborie Vizrt Executive VP Marketing “From TV to web, easily” – go to interview

Russell Grute Pharos Director of Marketing “Early wins, quick wins – with tapeless workflow and efficiency” – go to interview

Ray Cross Quantel CEO “One of the reasons why the company is performing well in the recession is sharing its future vision with the customer – go to interview

John Mangelaars Microsoft VP Consumer & Online EMEA “Teaming up with broadcasters – not a threat but an opportunity” – go to interview

Mike Skibra Softron Media Services Business Development Manager “Turning a standard Apple Macintosh computer into a professional broadcast server – go to interview

Carl Dempsey Wohler Technologies CEO “The move to close-captioning and beyond” – go to interview

Analysis : Opinion

Susan Gigli, COO of global research consultancy InterMedia, and her colleague Dr Ali Fisher who directs their Networked Communication Research, present ten new rules of engagement with networked audiences – go to article

Salim Amin, Chairman A24 Media on the shift in audience interest in the African continent “Partnerships not handouts” – go to interview

David Bandurski, Researcher at the China Media Project at the University of Hong Kong analyses the process of media reform in China “Quo vadis, China?” – go to interview

Mounia El Bouzegaoui Euroconsult Analyst “Satellite pay-TV – world trends and prospects to 2019” – go to article

David Montez InterMedia Research Analyst “The African AudienceScapes project” – go to

Ayo Johnson Viewpoint Africa Director “The case for Africa” – go to interview

Fazal Malik Higher Colleges for Technology “Media Entrepreneurs Middle East” – go to interview

Simon Spanswick AIB CEO “Global rollout of digital TV” – go to paper

Jeremy Bancroft & Michael McEwen Media Asset Capital “Traditional broadcasters need to embrace structural change” – go to article

Simon Spanswick AIB CEO “Media and the Arab world” – go to article

Matthew Carver EGTA Project Officer “The case for the Internet working as an effective partner to TV” – go to article

“Are the media partly to blame for the financial crisis we are in?” – go to views of people in and out of the media industry

Alan Heil Former VOA Deputy Director and author “Survival in a soundbite age – at times of natural disasters, radio and TV are often the only media available” – go to article

Nadra Garas InterMedia VP Research “Mushrooming radio- the trend in vernacular and community radio in Africa” – go to article

Djordje Vujnovic Broadcasting Agency of Montenegro International Relations Adviser “Switchover plans, IPTV and new entrants” – go to article

Christopher Baugh Northern Sky Research “Satellite needs to be future-proof for applications on and beyond the horizon” – go to interview

Digital guru Tomi Ahonen on South Korea where the digital future has already arrived – the path to a virtual nightmare or to doing more fun things, in more fun ways? – Go to interview

Spotlight on…

The Media Alliance is an Asia based media and advertising industry initiative that aims to raise awareness of social development issues through public service advertising, entertainment and editorial coverage. Former ABU Secretary-General David Astley who joined the Media Alliance in 2010 as Executive Chairman reports on what’s been happening so far – go to article

News Xchange, the international news industry’s annual conference, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2011. News Xchange MD Amy Selwyn on how the event can re-invent itself – go to article

Eivind Sandstrand S4M “2010 Media Finance Focus Conference, Nashville” – go to article

Martin Davies of 1GOAL coordinates the worldwide campaign around the FIFA World Cup in Africa to eliminate illiteracy with the help of broadcasters – go to interview

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2009 “Conflict prevention in the multimedia age” – go to conference highlights and feedback

Oliver Castendyk Erich Pommer Institut Director “EPI is engaged in research in the field of media law and media economics, and offers professional training” – go to interview

Faridoun Hemani Linx Productions MD “Linx drives UNGIFT – the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking” – go to article

Morand Fachot reports on the work of the Swiss-based Hirondelle Foundation which supports independent media in areas where conflict is endemic – go to article

Tessa Piper Media Development Loan Fund Programme Director “Radio arrives in remote parts of Eastern Indonesia – and so does electricity” – go to article