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ANN unveils regional media trends in S'pore event
Publication Date : 04-10-2013
Five members of Asia News Network, an alliance of 22 media in 19 Asian countries, outlined media and digital trends in their respective countries at Singapore’s largest digital media technology commercialization event on Tuesday.
The event, organised by ETPL, the technology transfer arm of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), attracted some 400 participants and over 40 exhibitors. They were media technologists, start-ups, ad agencies and media consultants.
Top executives from ANN member media including The Jakarta Post, China Daily Asia Weekly, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Nation Multimedia Group and Myanmar Eleven kicked off the event, now on its third year.
“Technology has created a new paradigm in media delivery. While the shift in consumer pattern poses a huge challenge to the media industry, it also presents unprecedented opportunities to creatively use technologies to engage and enrich their stakeholders. Media Exploits aims to bridge this gap by gathering the different players in the value chain to network and generate solutions to our demand drivers like the ANN members,” said ETPL CEO Philip Lim.
ETPL also made a “call forto proposals” to facilitate productisation of technologies for start-ups and technology providers more funding to start-ups and at greater conveniencereduce their time to market.
Riyadi Suprano, executive director of The Jakarta Post, showed the spectacular growth in Indonesia’s digital media with his media company now developing digital travel, jobs and television content to attract new and younger generations.
Aris Villarin, chief technology officer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Megamobile, outlined the evolution of his company into a new media leader; with Catherine Advincula, chief marketing officer, explained in a separate keynote address how the Inquirer leveraged on its print media’s big news coverage to dominate the new media and crowd sourcing scene.
Patrick Chan, advertising director of China Daily Asia Weekly, showed the spectacular growth in China’s netizens in the past five years and how China Daily is blanketing Asia with indepth China coverage.
Thepchai Yong, group editor-in-chief from Thailand’s Nation Multimedia Group, presented the transformation of Thai broadcasting industry with the new digital tv channel auctions.
Pana Janviroj, executive director of ANN, outlined the activities of ANN and the importance of technology in helping to forge the members together. He also presented the Myanmar Eleven, slated to be the first privately-owned daily English language newspaper in Myanmar.
The event saw exhibitions fromshowcased state-of-the-art digital media technologiesy from Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), including voice and translation recognitions, big data, virtual e-learning, online shopping, media commercialisation services. Some of the exhibitions are also from researches done at the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.
Other speakers were from world-class technology companies such as Apigee and Nvidia, as well as mobile giant Singtel.