Building on its ground-breaking launch in March 2018, FT Future of News will once again gather top media and advertising executives, editors, academics and technology leaders in New York to discuss the risks and opportunities facing the industry in an unprecedented era of disruption.
FT Future of News
Trust, Technology and Transformation in an Age of Upheaval
The Washington Post
The Daily Beast
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As controversies swirl around the top echelons of politics, and the forces of digital disruption transform access to media, the news industry in America is more than ever in the spotlight, increasingly challenged on accountability and profitability.
Trust and transparency remain key issues, as the fourth estate becomes entangled in the polarization of American politics, and the major technology platforms struggle to clamp down on the use of fake news to derail democracy.
What is the most effective and sustainable growth path for the news industry in this rapidly shifting political and technological environment? How should it adapt to changing consumer preferences and priorities? What are the implications for advertisers, whose own industry is undergoing massive change?
Building on its ground-breaking launch in March 2018, FT Future of News will once again gather top media and advertising executives, editors, academics and technology leaders in New York to discuss the risks and opportunities facing the industry in an unprecedented era of disruption.
Martin “Marty” Baron became Executive Editor of The Washington Post on January 2, 2013. He oversees The Post’s print and digital news operations and a staff of more than 800 journalists.
Newsrooms under Mr Baron’s leadership have won 14 Pulitzer Prizes, including seven at The Washington Post. The Post during his tenure has won four times for national reporting, and once each for investigative reporting, explanatory reporting and public service, the latter in recognition of revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency.
Previously, Mr Baron had been Editor of The Boston Globe. During his 11 ½ years there, The Globe won six Pulitzer prizes — for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting and criticism. The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was awarded to the Globe in 2003 for its investigation into a pattern of concealing clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church, coverage portrayed years later in the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.”
Prior to the Globe, he held top editing positions at The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald. Under his leadership, the Miami Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Coverage in 2001 for its coverage of the raid to recover Elián González, the Cuban boy at the center of a fierce immigration and custody dispute.
Mr Baron’s honours include Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation (2004), the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media (2017), the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Award (2017), and the Award for Public Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government (2016). In 2012, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from George Washington University, George Mason University, and his alma mater, Lehigh University. He graduated from Lehigh University with both BA and MBA degrees.
Heather Dietrick serves as CEO of The Daily Beast. Previously she was President of Gizmodo Media Group LLC (formerly known as Gawker Media LLC), leading day-to-day operations and driving strategic integration into its acquiring entity, Univision Communications Inc. Before this position, she was President and General Counsel of Gawker Media LLC, overseeing business strategy and day-to-day operations, including editorial, advertising and business development. At Gawker Media, she also served on the Board of Directors, providing strategic advice to steer the company towards a successful asset sale.
Before joining Gawker, Heather worked as First Amendment Fellow and Counsel at Hearst Corporation, as a Law Clerk in the Eastern District of New York, and as an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she practiced trademark and patent litigation and prosecution. Heather was previously Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law. She holds a JD and an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BA from Georgetown University.
Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, the technology-driven global media and branding company. Forbes.com has nearly 60 million unique visitors a month. The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, has a readership of 6.2 million in the US. The company’s 38 local editions around the world, including Forbes Asia, together have a circulation of almost 1.2 million.
Mr Forbes writes editorials for Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was given by US Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.
In both 1996 and 2000, Mr Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense. Mr Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda. His most recent book is Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming the Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional).
In 1985, President Reagan named Mr Forbes Chairman of the bipartisan Board for International Broadcasting (BIB). In this position, he oversaw the operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. He was re-appointed to his post by President George H. W. Bush and served until 1993. Mr Forbes currently serves on the boards of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Heritage Foundation. He is on the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for 10 years. He received a BA in History from Princeton in 1970.
Rebecca Blumenstein has been Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Times since February 2017, focusing on making sure The Times remains an essential destination for readers interested in business, finance, economics and technology.
Previously, she was Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Wall Street Journal. Before that, she was the Page One Editor of the Journal, and a deputy managing editor and international editor. Ms Blumenstein also served as Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Online and as the China bureau chief. Prior to moving to China in 2005, Ms Blumenstein served as chief of the Journal’s New York Technology Group, which covered the historic mergers and changes in technology that recast the telecommunications industry. In 2003, she was part of a team that won the Gerald Loeb Award for deadline writing for coverage of WorldCom. She oversaw the China team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2007. She was named to the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship for 2009.
Ms Blumenstein began her journalism career at the Tampa Tribune, and then later moved to Gannett Newspapers and Newsday, where she covered breaking news and the New York State legislature. She received a 1993 New York Newswomen’s Award for best deadline writing for her coverage of the aftermath of the Long Island Railroad shootings. She joined the Journal in 1995 as a reporter in the Detroit bureau.
Ms Blumenstein co-founded and moderated the Journal’s Women in the Economy Task Force, a select group of business executives and experts who convened a data-driven examination of the competitiveness of women in the workforce. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social Science from the University of Michigan, where she was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Daily.
Joanna Coles is a content strategist who sits on the board of directors of Snap Inc. She is also creative advisor to CBS News, and executive producer of ABC Freeform’s scripted drama, “The Bold Type”, now in its third season and inspired by her career. She was previously Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, overseeing content and editorial partnerships for 300 magazines globally.
The British-born editor moved to the US in 1997 as the New York Bureau Chief for The Guardian, before becoming the New York columnist for The Times of London. Ms Coles joined Hearst in 2006 as Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire, where she co-produced the Style Network’s unscripted show “Running in Heels”. She was named Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s media brand, in 2012. She was the executive producer of the unscripted series “So Cosmo” on E! in 2017.
Over the course of her career, Ms Coles has won numerous prestigious awards for journalism and media leadership. She was recently described by The New York Times as “one of the most powerful people in media.”
Ms Coles is the author of Love Rules (HarperCollins), a book on relationships in the digital age. She sits on the board of Women Entrepreneurs New York City, an initiative to expand female entrepreneurship, with a focus on underserved women and communities.
Kevin J. Delaney
Kevin J. Delaney is Editor-in-Chief and co-CEO of Quartz, which he co-founded in 2012. Kevin was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between Paris and San Francisco. While covering internet companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook, he became convinced that newspapers could do more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. He became Managing Editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership and championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes. Early in his career, Kevin was a reporter for SmartMoney magazine and a TV producer in Montreal. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has a degree in History from Yale University.
Ken Doctor is an analyst with a ringside seat at the greatest story ever told about the global news media industry. As a media analyst and consultant for his own Newsonomics company, he fully employs more than 40 years of experience across a wide range of media. His quest: find and share new sustainable business models that will employ the next generation of journalists. He has become a go-to speaker, press source and consultant for legacy and emerging press around the world, talking about emerging Newsonomics.
Ken can be found at @kdoctor on Twitter. He writes regularly on the business of media change for The Street, Politico and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab. He is at work on his second book, following Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get, which has been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian. All of his work is freely available on his Newsonomics.com website.
Ken Fisher is the Founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Fisher Investments, an $85+ billion money management firm serving large institutions and high net worth individuals globally. With more than 2,200 employees, the firm has offices in Washington, California, Britain, Germany, Dubai, Australia and Japan, with further global expansion under way.
Mr Fisher’s Forbes “Portfolio Strategy” column ran for 32 ½ years into 2017, making him the longest continuously running columnist in its history. He now writes weekly columns for USA Today and Germany’s Focus Money, and a monthly column in the Financial Times. He has authored 11 books, including four New York Times bestsellers -- and has been published, interviewed and written about in publications globally.
His 1970s theoretical work pioneered an investment tool called the Price-to-Sales Ratio, now a core element of modern financial curricula. A prize-winning researcher, Mr Fisher’s credits span a multitude of professional and scholarly journals in addition to his firm’s output -- both in traditional and behavioral finance. In 2010, Investment Advisor recognized him on its “Thirty for Thirty” list as among the industry’s 30 most influential individuals of the last three decades. In 2017, Investment News named Mr Fisher to its inaugural list of “Icons & Innovators” who have shaped and transformed the financial advice profession. He is ranked #184 on the 2016 Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, where he has appeared since 2005.
James Goldston was named President of ABC News in April 2014. He oversees all aspects of the news division, including broadcast, digital and radio, a combined audience that is unmatched in the US. During Mr Goldston’s tenure leading ABC News, the network has responded rapidly to cover breaking news in Cuba, Syria, Iraq, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela, and across the country from San Bernardino to Las Vegas. ABC News has scored exclusive interviews with former FBI director James Comey, President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, Michael Cohen, and former First Lady Michelle Obama, among many others, and hosted landmark town halls with President Barack Obama and Pope Francis.
Under his leadership ABC’s newscasts are delivering their most competitive seasons in years while expanding their reach on new digital networks. “GMA” is No. 1 for the seventh straight year and “World News Tonight with David Muir” won the 2016-2017 television season for the first time in 21 years. The Yahoo-ABC News Network reaches over 130 million people a month; and in the last year, ABC News has delivered over 10 billion video views. ABC News has built on this success to launch new news products for over-the-top and social networks, including a 24/7 streaming network, ABC News Live, in 2018. The news division is widely recognized as a pioneer in live streaming and virtual reality, winning the first-ever Edward R. Murrow Award for VR programming. Since 2014, ABC News has won three consecutive Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence in Television and Radio, a historic first for any network.
From March 2012 to April 2014, Mr Goldston served as Senior Vice President for Content and Development for ABC News. In this role, he oversaw ABC News programs and executive producers, and led the development of new shows for broadcast, cable and other distribution. Prior to that, Mr Goldston was the senior executive producer of “Good Morning America” from February 2011 to March 2012. He joined ABC News in 2004 as a senior producer of prime-time specials and investigative reports, and was promoted shortly thereafter to executive producer of “Nightline,” a position he held until 2011. Under his leadership, the program grew to become the No. 1 show in late-night and won a string of awards including multiple Emmys ® and the prestigious Peabody award.
Before joining ABC News, Mr Goldston was the executive producer of Britain’s most-watched current affairs program, ITV1’s “Tonight with Trevor McDonald,” from 2002 to 2004. He began his career in television as a producer for several BBC News programs, including “Newsnight,” the network’s nightly news analysis show, and its flagship current affairs program, “Panorama.” Mr Goldston is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford University.
Jason Kint is CEO of Digital Content Next (DCN), the only trade association to exclusively serve the unique and diverse needs of high-quality digital content companies that manage trusted, direct relationships with consumers and marketers. Mr Kint guides DCN's diverse and powerful group of members — established brands such as The New York Times, NBC, Conde Nast and ESPN, and digital natives, such as Vox, Slate and Business Insider — into the future and on setting the agenda for discussions on issues ranging from net neutrality to revenue innovation to privacy. He also serves as Chairman of TrustX, a cooperative digital advertising marketplace designed to address the industry's trust, transparency and accountability challenges in digital advertising. TrustX is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DCN operating as a public benefit corporation (B Corp). A 20-year veteran of the digital media industry, Mr Kint led the evolution of CBS Sports into a multi-platform brand and served in various executive roles launching and leading the websites for Sporting News and all of Times Mirror Magazines’ flagship websites under the ownership of Times Mirror, Paul Allen and later Condé Nast.
Peter Lattman is the Managing Director of Media at Emerson Collective, the organisation started and run by Laurene Powell Jobs. In that role, he oversees Emerson Collective's investments in media and journalism, which includes The Atlantic, where he serves as Vice Chairman. Prior to joining Emerson, Peter worked as a journalist at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He joined The Times in 2010 as a reporter for DealBook, covering Wall Street with a focus on white-collar crime and law firms. He then became an editor, serving as the paper's Media Editor and then its Deputy Business Editor. Peter was previously a reporter with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered legal affairs and then the private equity industry. He earned his undergraduate degree in History and Literature from Harvard and a Law degree from Fordham.
Rob Norman was Chief Digital Officer of WPP’s GroupM until the end of 2017. He remains a Senior Advisor to the company. GroupM is the biggest buyer of advertising media in the world and the most active agency partner of all major global sellers including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Snap.
A career at the nexus of the disrupters and the disrupted has given Rob a rare perspective on the evolution of media, commerce, communication and consumer behavior across sectors and around the world. Much of this was published in his annual GroupM ‘Interaction’ essay published from 2007 to 2017.
Working principally as an advisor to advertisers, Rob has sat on the client groups of Facebook, Google and Twitter and provides strategic input to the advertising groups of Amazon, LinkedIn, NBC Universal and News Corporation. Additionally, he is a member of the advisory board of BBC Global News and a director of Comscore, Knotch, Simpli.fi and an advisor to several other companies in a range of digital marketing sectors. He is a frequent keynote speaker and has over 400,000 followers as a LinkedIn Influencer.
Noah Oppenheim is President of NBC News. He is responsible for all aspects of NBC News, including its programming, the division’s expanding digital properties, all of its editorial units, including the award-winning Investigative Unit, and its bureaus around the world. He oversees “TODAY,” “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” and “Dateline,” all of which have been number one for the past three consecutive years, a record streak for the network.
Mr Oppenheim was named President in February 2017 after two years as executive in charge of “TODAY,” a role he continues to hold. Under his leadership, “TODAY” became the number one morning news broadcast in the key news demographic, starting in September 2015 and maintaining that lead ever since. Mr Oppenheim also oversees TODAY.com, a top digital lifestyle publication.
Under Mr Oppenheim’s leadership, NBC News’ Investigative Unit has doubled in the past two years alone, with over 500 scoops on such wide-ranging topics such as the USA gymnastics scandal, the Mueller investigation, cyber security, North Korea’s nuclear production, and medical devices. In 2018, he launched a robust Business & Tech unit, which has regular exclusive reporting on the tech companies and leaders reshaping our cultural, economic and political landscape.
Also a screenwriter, Mr Oppenheim wrote the critically acclaimed film “Jackie,” which was awarded Best Screenplay at the 73rd Venice Film Festival. He also co-wrote “The Maze Runner”, which has grossed over $300 million.
Mr Oppenheim began his career in news, leading political talk shows such as “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “Scarborough Country.” An Emmy-award winner and one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Most Powerful People in Media,” he also helped create “Mad Money with Jim Cramer,” has covered three presidential elections, and reported from Iraq, Israel, Gaza, the West Bank and Libya.
Mr Oppenheim also served as Head of Unscripted and Digital Development at Reveille, the production company behind hits like “The Office” and “The Biggest Loser.” While at Reveille, he created and executive produced primetime shows for NBC, Fox, MTV and Lifetime, as well as online programming for a variety of brands and platforms.
Mr Oppenheim is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling series, “The Intellectual Devotional”. His essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Esquire and Men's Health.
David Pemsel was appointed CEO, Guardian Media Group (GMG) in July 2015 with responsibility for leading GMG’s commercial and financial business strategy. In addition he is Chairman of GMG Ventures, a $50m fund making early stage investments in innovative businesses in the media technology sector. He is also a member of The Scott Trust, the ultimate owner of The Guardian.
David joined Guardian News & Media (GNM) in 2011 and was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in 2012. A year later he took on increased accountability for the GNM business in the newly-created role of Deputy Chief Executive, with responsibility for leading commercial operations in the UK, the US and Australia, and integrating them as one global organisation.
Prior to joining GNM, David worked in many senior roles within the media industry, including launching Shine Entertainment in 2000, before becoming Group Marketing Director of ITV plc in 2005. David is a non-executive director of The British Fashion Council, a voting member of BAFTA and a Council member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain.
Hayley Romer is Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer of The Atlantic. In this role, she leads The Atlantic’s global sales team, award-winning in-house branded content studio, Atlantic Re:think, and brand marketing for The Atlantic. Through deep passion, relentless foresight, and progressive initiatives, Ms Romer has driven four consecutive years of record sales and profits for the brand.
She has doubled the advertising revenue for The Atlantic and more than doubled the size of her team, helping to establish The Atlantic and Atlantic Re:think as the leader in the native advertising industry. Native drove three-quarters of The Atlantic’s digital ad revenue in 2017 and Atlantic Re:think was named best in-house content studio four times in the past year.
Prior to joining The Atlantic in May 2012 as associate publisher, Ms Romer spent five years at the Condé Nast Media Group and seven years at Forbes Media. In 2016, she was named to AdAge’s 40 Under 40 list for her work helping to establish The Atlantic as an innovative leader within the media and advertising industry.
Ben Smith is the Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed News. Since joining the company in January 2012, Mr Smith has built a newsroom of over 200 reporters and editors, led expansion of over 20 content verticals, and built teams across the world. Under his leadership, BuzzFeed News’ coverage has grown to include politics, business, investigative reporting, long-form journalism, and entertainment, while growing the site’s traffic to over 200 million monthly unique visitors. Mr Smith was called "one of the most talented and admired scoop-mongers in the game" by The New Republic, named one of Fast Company’s "Most Creative People in Business," and featured as Fortune’s "40 Under 40" for his work at BuzzFeed.
Prior to BuzzFeed, Mr Smith was senior political writer for Politico from 2007 to 2011. Before Politico, he wrote a column and a blog for the New York Daily News, started New York’s first political blog, The Politicker, for the New York Observer, as well as the political site, Room Eight, after working as City Hall Bureau Chief for the New York Sun and as a stringer for the Wall Street Journal in Latvia. Mr Smith has written for publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, the New York Post, and the New Republic.
Susan Zirinsky was named President and Senior Executive Producer of CBS News on March 1, 2019. An acclaimed journalist, Ms Zirinsky began her career in the CBS News Washington bureau two weeks after the Watergate break-in. Over the next four decades she produced a wide variety of award-winning documentaries and programs, and covered a range of historic stories, from the Gulf War to the student uprising in Tiananmen Square, from the White House (for 10 years) to the 9/11 attacks, and from the Paris terrorist attacks to the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla. School.
Prior to taking on her new role, Ms Zirinsky was the senior executive producer of the award-winning 48 HOURS and was responsible for numerous CBS News breaking news specials. She was also the senior executive producer of 48 HOURS: NCIS and the senior executive producer of the CBS primetime series WHISTLEBLOWER. A prolific producer on a variety of issues and subjects, her work has been lauded by critics and honored by her peers with journalism’s top honors, including Emmys, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.
Ms Zirinsky got her start at CBS News at a critical time in the nation’s history. Beginning as a part-time desk assistant in the CBS Washington Bureau in 1972 while attending college at American University, she was surrounded by the legendary CBS News reporting team led by Walter Cronkite that dominated Watergate coverage on television. She became an associate producer for “The CBS Morning News” and then a producer on “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” In that role, she became a White House producer and spent a decade covering the Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan presidencies. She was promoted in 1987 to senior producer for the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” in Washington. While still working at CBS News, Ms Zirinsky became the technical advisor/associate producer for James L. Brooks’ film “Broadcast News,” starring Holly Hunter as a Washington network news producer. In 1989 Ms Zirinsky was assigned to Beijing to run CBS News coverage of what was to be the first visit of a Russian President to China in 30 years. What it became was the student uprising in Tiananmen Square. She was then sent to Panama as producer-in-charge as the US invasion occurred. A few months later she was dispatched to cover Operation Desert Storm. In 1990 she moved to New York as senior producer of the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” and became the senior broadcast producer. In 1992 she was director of CBS News political coverage, and then executive producer of CBS News “Campaign ‘96.” During that period, she was also CBS News senior producer at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in France. She served as executive producer of the CBS News magazine “Eye to Eye with Connie Chung” in 1994.
Ms Zirinsky graduated cum laude from American University. The AU School of Communication honored her with the Dean’s Award in 2018.
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Matthew Garrahan is the Financial Times’ Global Media Editor, overseeing coverage of the media, marketing and entertainment industries. He recently returned to London after 11 years in the US, working first as Los Angeles correspondent before moving to New York to cover media in 2014.
He has a track record breaking news and landed big scoops on Donald Trump’s ties with Rupert Murdoch -- including the revelation that Ivanka Trump was a trustee of Murdoch’s young children -- while his exclusive story on Apple’s $3bn purchase of Dr Dre’s Beats was widely followed around the world. He has written extensively on the disruptive impact of technology on the media, covering the rise of Netflix and Spotify, as well as the emergence of Google and Facebook as digital advertising powerhouses. He reported on three US elections and dug deep into the demographic changes that are reshaping the US electoral map. He regularly writes for FT Weekend and has written Lunch with the FT interviews with, among others, Angelina Jolie, Larry David and Sean Penn.
After joining the FT in 1998 he worked as a corporate reporter, then sports business correspondent, reporting from the Sydney Olympics and World Cup in Japan, before taking on the leisure beat covering gaming, hotels and travel.
He regularly appears on CNN, BBC and MSNBC and has been recognised for his work by the Society of Business Editors and Writers, winning the breaking news prize for his Apple-Beats scoop. He won two Los Angeles Press Club prizes for his reporting on Hollywood and was a Mirror Awards finalist for excellence in media coverage.
A graduate of the University of Warwick, where he studied English and American literature, he can be found on Twitter at @MattGarrahan.
John Ridding is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group, a role he has held for the past 10 years. Under his stewardship the FT has expanded its global operations, successfully scaled and transformed its core business and acquired a number of companies that support its multichannel strategy including Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors, Exec-Appointments, Assanka (renamed FT Labs), Alpha Grid and most recently Longitude.
He managed the acquisition of the FT by Nikkei in 2015, a merger than has been completed smoothly to create a global news media leader. He also serves as a Special Executive Director of Nikkei. He is co-chair of Nikkei’s Digital Strategy Committee and sits on Nikkei’s Global Investment Committee.
During his tenure the FT has built its reputation for quality global news and analysis and digital transformation. The FT now attracts the largest paying readership in its 129-year history, with two-thirds of its readership now coming from digital channels and a growing presence in video and social media. It has won a series of awards for its strategy and its coverage and is recognised as an industry leader in innovation and communications.
Mr Ridding has been at the FT for 29 years, including leadership roles in editorial, business and at the FT’s former parent company, Pearson, where he was President of Pearson Professional, a division of the global education business. He was a member of Pearson’s executive board, and also served as President of Pearson in Asia, over-seeing the group’s regional education strategy. He launched the Corporate Learning Alliance in partnership with IE of Spain and the FT125, a leadership forum now complemented by a forum for women in business.
Prior to his Pearson role, Mr Ridding was the editor and publisher of the Financial Times in Asia. He led the launch of the FT’s Asia edition in 2003, steering it to a series of commercial and editorial successes. He also led the development of the FT’s Chinese language website, which now has more than 2m users and is the leading international source of business news in China. He launched a number of training and educational initiatives in the region.
During his career at the FT, Mr Ridding has held a variety of senior positions in both editorial and business departments, including deputy editor, managing editor, Asia editor, Paris correspondent and Korea correspondent. Before joining the FT, he worked at Oxford Analytica, heading the economics and Asia Pacific desks.
Peter Spiegel has been the FT's News Editor since May, and was previously Brussels Bureau Chief. He returned to the FT in 2010 after spending five years covering foreign policy and national security issues from Washington for the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, focusing on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He first joined the FT in 1999 covering business regulation and corporate crime in its Washington bureau, before spending four years covering military affairs and the defence industry in London and Washington.
Agenda - 6th Jun
8:00amRegistration and breakfast
Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times
9:00amOpening presentation: Where we’ve been and where we’re heading
An overview of the global media environment in 2019
9:15amPanel: The digital bloodbath and beyond
Are free news sites doomed or do they have a future? Will consolidation help? What are the sustainable models for news operators online?
Heather Dietrick, CEO, The Daily Beast
David Pemsel, CEO, Guardian Media Group
10:00amPanel: A question of trust
How the press is grappling with a trust gap and sustained attacks from critics in the White House and beyond.
Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Managing Editor, The New York Times
Marty Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post
Editing The Washington Post, the turbulent political climate, and the challenges facing journalists in a hyper-partisan, digital age.
11:25amPanel: On the air and under fire
The heads of some of America's top television news networks talk about the pressures their trade is grappling with, network rivalries, chasing ratings and how the job has evolved.
James Goldston, President, ABC News
Noah Oppenheim, President, NBC News
Susan Zirinsky, President, CBS News
12:05pmPanel: Building a new kind of news organisation
Despite pressures on ad revenues the internet remains a dynamic, rapid and effective form of distribution for news. How are publishers configuring their businesses to take best advantage?
Joanna Coles, Board Director, Snap
Peter Lattman, Managing Director, Media, Emerson Collective
Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media in conversation with Ken Fisher, Founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Fisher Investments
Advertising is evolving at great speed, presenting big challenges for news organisations. What are the digital ad models that offer the most promise for publishers? Are Google and Facebook good partners?
Rob Norman, Senior Advisor, GroupM
Google and Facebook have spent millions of dollars on news services and offered publishers access to their vast audiences. Each has taken a different approach but tensions with the industry remain. What is needed for relations to improve? Are the platforms doing enough to support journalism? Can a “Netflix of news” ever get off the ground?
- Hear insights from owners/editors of traditional media on how they are dealing with digital disruption
- Network with peers and current and potential clients/partners/targets
- Hear insights from new media on how they are challenging the establishment
- Hear insights from advertisers on how they are changing their models to adapt to the new media landscape
- Meet leading journalists from the Financial Times and other publications
FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.
The FT Future of News will be attended by C-Suite executives from:
- Traditional and new media companies
- Technology platforms
- Software/hardware companies
- Private equity and venture capital firms
- PR and advertising agencies
Job Titles Include:
- Board Director
- Chief Administrative Officer
- Chief Content Officer
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Information Officer
- Chief Innovation Officer
- Chief Marketing Officer
- Chief Operating Officer
- Chief Product Officer
- Chief Revenue Officer
- Chief Strategy Officer
- Chief Technology Officer
- Managing Editor
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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of 985,000, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc, which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.
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Founded in 1979, Fisher Investments is an independent, fee-only investment adviser. As of 9/30/2018, the firm and its subsidiaries manage over $105bn in assets – over $58bn for North American private investors, over $37bn for institutional investors and over $8bn for European private investors. Fisher Investments has four principal business units: US Private Client, Institutional, International and 401(k) Solutions, which collectively serve over 175 large institutions and 50,000 high net worth individuals worldwide. The firm and its subsidiaries have over 3,000 employees located in offices in California, Texas, Washington, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Dubai and Japan.
Founder and Executive Chairman Ken Fisher wrote the Forbes "'Portfolio Strategy" column for 32½ years through 2016, making him the longest continuously running columnist in its history. Mr Fisher’s columns are currently featured in the UK’s Financial Times, USA Today, Germany’s Focus Money and Handelsblaat, Italy’s Il Sole 24 Ore, Denmark’s Børsen, the Netherlands’ De Telegraaf, Spain’s elEconomista, Sweden’s Dagens Industri, Switzerland’s Handelszeitung, Austria’s Trend, France’s L’Opinion and Norway’s Dagens Naeringsliv. He authored 11 books, including four New York Times bestsellers – and has been published, interviewed and written about in publications globally.
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The Content Council is the premier non-profit organization representing content marketers globally. As the definitive resource for content marketing insights and thought leadership, we are focused on promoting the growth and vitality of this dynamic marketing discipline. We are also an excellent resource for connecting brand marketers with the best content agency to meet their specific needs. Through creativity and strategy, our members build content programs that deliver results.
Digital Content Next (DCN) is the only trade organization dedicated to serving the unique and diverse needs of high-quality digital content companies that manage trusted, direct relationships with consumers and marketers. The organization was founded in June 2001 as the Online Publishers Association (OPA). Comprised of some of the most trusted and well-respected media brands, DCN produces proprietary research for its members and the public, creates public and private forums to explore and advance key issues that impact digital content brands, offers an influential voice that speaks for digital content companies in the press, with advertisers and policy makers, and works to educate the public at large on the importance of quality content brands. Digital Content Next’s members reached 257 million unique visitors or 100% of the Total Internet in the U.S.*
*Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform (Desktop P2+ and Mobile P18+) Audience Duplication Report, December 2018, U.S.