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India's Press Boom On Agenda Of World Newspaper Summit Meetings

Paris, France and Darmstadt, Germany, 1 October 2009

The secrets of the world's highest read daily newspaper - with a certified print audience of an astonishing 54.5 million - will be among the fascinating 'local' stories to be told as the world's press gathers for its summit meetings in India in December.

Dainik Jagran, which tops the newspaper planet's readership league, is only one example of a newspaper industry which continues to grow in leaps and bounds.

Developing literacy and wealth are part but far from all the story: Great credit needs also to be given to Indian newspaper professionals, who are re-inventing the newspaper to keep it vibrant and compelling in the digital age.

Their strategies will be examined in depth when the World Newspaper Congress, World Editors Forum and Info Services Expo 2009 come to Hyderabad, India, from 30 November to 3 December next.

Although broadband and mobile are booming in India, print newspapers are growing right along with them. The country has more daily newspapers than any other nation and leads in paid-for daily circulation, surpassing China for the first time in 2008. Twenty of the world's 100 largest newspapers are Indian. Newspaper circulation rose a further 8 percent last year.

Participants a t the Congress, Forum and Expo, the annual summit meetings of the world's press, will hear from the publishers and editors of some of India's most innovative companies, including: Mahendra Mohan Gupta, Chairman/Managing Director and Managing Editor, and Sanjay Gupta, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, of Jagran Prakashan (Dainik Jagran); Ravi Dhariwal, CEO for Publishing of Bennett, Coleman & Co. (Times Group); Jaideep Bose, Editor-in-chief, of the Times of India; Tariq Ansari, Managing Director of Mid-Day Infomedia; Harinder Baweja, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka; Aroon Purie, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief of India Today; and many others.

Full details of the presentations and other information can be found at http://www.wanindia2009.com.

More than 1,500 publishers, chief editors, CEOs, managing directors and other senior newspaper executives are expected in Hyderabad following last year's record gathering in Gteborg, Sweden.

In addition to the Indian presenters, WAN-IFRA is bringing international newspaper industry leaders to speak at the events, the global summit meetings of the world's press. They include:

- Robert Thomson, Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal;

- Andreas Wiele, President of BILD, Europe's largest newspaper;

- Olivier Fleurot, the CEO of Publicis Events Worldwide and its public relations and corporate communications arm, PRCC - and former CEO of the Financial Times Group;

-Terry Horne, Publisher and President, The Orange County Register, United States;

-Martim Figueiredo, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, 'i' daily newspaper, Portugal;

- Per Bowallius, President GISAB, Mitt i, the Swedish free weekly newspaper publisher;

- Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-chief, The Guardian, United Kingdom;

- Walter de Mattos, Editor-in-chief, Lance, Brazil;

- Ferial Haffajee, Editor-in-Chief, Citypress, South Africa;

- Steve Engelberg, Managing Editor, Propublica.org, United States;

-Plus many more

The events will also feature the 2009 Global Report on Innovations in Newspapers by the Innovation International Media Consulting Group, and the annual WAN-IFRA update on World Press Trends.

Full details, including the programmes for business sessions and social events, registration and other information can be found at http://www.wanindia2009.com.

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world's newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. The organisation was created by the merger of the World Association of Newspapers and IFRA, the research and service organisation for the news publishing industry.

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