Malcolm Turnbull to speak at 2014 Future Forum

The Minister for Communications, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP will feature as a keynote speaker at this year’s newspaper industry conference, The Future Forum.

Mr Turnbull has signalled a government willingness to relax media ownership laws in Australia later this year. This move could potentially have significant ramifications for media ownership and the business strategies of newspaper publishers across Australia and New Zealand.

The Newspaper Works CEO Mark Hollands said: “The addition of Mr Turnbull to the speaking line up comes at a pivotal time for the industry, as the Australian government considers how best media companies should, or should not, be relegated in the digital age. If the speculation is correct, then he might be about to announce significant changes to media ownership rules.

“While this might seem an Australian issue, the potential outcomes down the track could be significant for publishers in both Australia and New Zealand.”

Mr Turnbull will speak on the same morning as the highly anticipated newspaper publisher CEO panel, which will be hosted by the Network Ten Executive General Manager Russel Howcroft.

The chief executives on the panel will be Julian Clarke (News Corp Australia), Greg Hywood (Fairfax Media), Michael Miller (APN News & Media) and Chris Wharton (West Australian Newspapers).

Other well-known newspaper industry executives include The New York Times Chief Consumer Officer Yasmin Namini and German publisher Axel Springer’s Managing Director of Content Pit Gottschalk.  The world-class line-up of speakers also features app developer and designer Joe Zeff and the founder of Storyful Mark Little.

The theme for the 2014 Future Forum is “Get Closer” and aims to deliver actionable insights from influential thought leaders, global innovators and accredited trainers over a two-day conference that includes the Newspaper of the Year Awards.

The Future Forum will be held in Sydney on August 20-21 at The Establishment and The Ivy and Mr Turnbull will speak at a plenary session on August 21 at The Ivy.

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    • Hi Gordon, thanks for your enquiry – we’ve amended the story to include a link to the Future Forum page at the bottom. Head there for more information. Best, Eliza

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