Sixth News Agencies World Congress

                                          THE FUTURE OF NEWS                                            

Sofia, Bulgaria

June 13-15, 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria




Wednesday, June 12, 2019


Arrivals:   Hilton Hotel and Rosslyn Central Park Hotel, Sofia


Thursday, June 13, 2019 

09:00  Walking from hotels to the National Palace of Culture (NDK), venue of NAWC

10:00  News Agencies World Congress opening ceremony, Hall 3

           Maxim Minchev, Director General of BTA and Secretary General of NACO

           Rumen Radev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria

           Clive Marshall, CEO of the Press Association (PA) Group and President of NACO

           Aslan Aslanov, Director General of the Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC) and President of NAWC


10:40-11:30   Coffee break

           Peter Kropsch, CEO of the German News Agency (DPA) and President of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA)

           Rasmus Nielsen, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Professor of Political Communications at Oxford University

           Earl Wilkinson, Executive Director and CEO of International News Media Association (INMA)

13:00  Lunch, Hall 10

14:30-16:15  Panel No. 1: Ownership Models of News Agencies

           Moderator: Bruce Davidson, CEO of the Australian Associated Press (AAP)


           Grant Fredericks, CEO of the African News Agency

           Jonas Eriksson, CEO of the Finnish News Agency (TT)

           Jiri Maijstr, CEO of the Czech News Agency (CTK)

           Hempi Prajudi, Commercial Director of the Indonesian News Agency (ANTARA)

           Nicolau Santos, President of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Portuguese News Agency (Lusa)

17:00   Gala concert, Hall 2 (Azaryan Theatre)

17:45-19:00 Free time

19:00  Buses depart for official dinner from hotels

19:30  Official dinner hosted by Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova, Lozenets Residence

22:30  Buses depart for hotels


Friday, June 14, 2019

09:00  Walking from hotels to the National Palace of Culture (NDK)

09:30  Eric Weiner, Author and Journalist: The Power of Place: In Search of Lost Wisdom

10:00-11:30  Panel No. 2: New Sources of Revenue

                   Moderator: Clive Marshall, CEO of PA Group and President of NACO


                   Emily Shelley, Managing Director of UK content marketing agency Sticky Content (part of PA Group)

                   Sue Brooks,  Interim Head of Reuters News Agency

                   Kakuya Ogata, Managing Director of International Department of Japanese News Agency (KYODO)

                   Owais Aslam Ali, Chairman of Pakistan Press International (PPI)

                   Tony Gillies, Editor-in-Chief of AAP

11:30-12:00  Coffee break

12:00-13:30  Panel No.  3: Fake News

                    Moderator: Farid Ayar, Secretary General of the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA)


                    Eric Wishart, Special Projects Editor-in-Chief at Agence France-Presse (AFP)

                    Mohamed Jalal Alrayssi, Executive Director of Emirates News Agency (WAM)

                    Anna Johnson, News Director for Europe and Africa at Associated Press (AP)

                    Thomas Kent, Adjunct Associate Professor at Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York

                    Siddhartha Dubey, Professor of Journalism at  Ashoka University, India

13:30-14:30  Lunch

14:30-16:00  Panel No. 4: Artificial Intelligence

                    Moderator: Mikhail Gusman, First Deputy Director General of Russian News Agency (TASS) and Vice President of NACO


                    Seyed Zia Hashemi, Managing Director of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Iran

                    Giuseppe Cerbone, CEO of Italian newspaper II Sole 24 Ore

                    Alexander Vedyakhin, First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank of Russia

                    Niddal Salah-Eldin, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of dpa

                    Yong Huang, Director General of Europe Regional Bureau of the Chinese News Agency (Xinhua)

16:00-16:30  Coffee break

16:30-17:00  Final discussion

                     Maxim Minchev, Director General of BTA and Secretary General of NACO

17:00-19:00  Free time

19:00  Buses depart for official dinner from hotels

19:30  Official dinner hosted by Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva, National Museum of History

22:30  Buses depart for hotels


Saturday,  June 15, 2019 

9:30-17:00 Departure by bus to Plovdiv, European Capital of Culture, 2019 (See separate programme)


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Departures from Bulgaria