150 Yaser Bishr

Dr. Yaser Bishr, Al Jazeera
Session: AJ+ is there to change storytelling
AJ+ has proven to be one of the most innovative media outlets around. With a bold, online only strategy focused on new storytelling formats, the brand has taken the world by surprise and was able to reach new audiences on important topics. Their punchy, mobile centered style has seduced the youth and attracted them to Al Jazeera.
Dr. Yaser Bishr, Al Jazeera's global executive director of digital media will talk about their will to change storytelling, and the way they are tackling the problem of the future of media.


150 Hubert Lacroix Hubert Lacroix, CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Session: Attracting and serving the youth: a view from Canada
Hear the take of Hubert Lacroix on this challenge as CBC is unfolding its "Next Generation" project, an initiative created by the youth and for the youth within the values of public service media.
For the first time CIRCOM goes far to the middle of north Atlantic, at equidistance from Paris and New York. This makes for a good opportunity to have a look to other side of the bridge… CBC is the historic public broadcaster of the country, which is present in radio, television and new outlets on the regional level, as well as on the local and national ones. CBC offers multilingual programming in English and French and serves a multi-ethnic audience.
Hubert Lacroix has been the CEO of the CBC, Canadian public broadcaster, for the last six years and has fought for the public media in difficult times in the previous government when there were strong budget cuts. Before his nomination at the head of CBC, he was a lawyer and is to many a National Canadian Personality.


150 Julien PainJulien Pain, FTV
L'instant détox, a new format to debunk fake news
Session: Factchecking. A trend, a Must
Julien Pain has been specialising in fact-checking for 10 years. With his current programme "L'instant détox" (the detox moment), broadcast on the French continuous news channel "France Info", Julien is innovating in this field while trying to reach a new audience.
What good is there in fighting hoaxes and fake news if nobody is trusting journalists anymore? The programme confronts random people on the street with fake news currently circulating on social media and re-establishes the truth. The entirety of the recording of the programme is broadcast live on Facebook, which allows complete transparency about the way the show is made, and reaches a younger audience. Each week, several thousand viewers follow the livestream and interact with the host in real time through comments. This is a way to pull fact-checking from closed circles and bring it directly in the street.


150 Christine SchwarzChristine Schwarz, RTBF
Session: Factchecking. A trend, a Must
Christine started working at RTBF 26 years ago. Graduated with an MA in electronic graphics at Coventry University, she worked at the graphic design department for 15 years and became the Chief of the department. She than followed some training cycles and then worked on news magazines productions related to thematic events.
She’s now been working for 6 years for European news programs on TV and online and for the Citizenship Project, CIRCOM Regional co-production. Since January, with the help of Thomas Mignon, she’s working on a brand new fact checking sequence, called “Check Point”. This sequence is part of the weekly show “Europe Hebdo” presented by the French Partners Public Sénat and LCP-Assemblée Nationale.


150 isabella di chioIsabella Di Chio, RAI
Session: Disasters Coverage
Isabella Di Chio is a RAI journalist and an anchor-woman of TGR Lazio, currently working as a reporter from Amatrice and the territories affected by the earthquake of last August 24.
After her degree in Classical studies and literature at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", she attended the School of Journalism in Perugia.
She worked for Capital Radio and Tv2000 before coming to RAI in 2001, where she joined RAI International and led the TG for nine years. From March 2010 she is a journalist and anchor-woman at RAI TGR Lazio. She is accredited by the Holy See Press Office. She has been awarded the Knight Order of the Italian Republic. In 2002 she won the "Premio Val di Sole per un giornalismo trasparente. Multimedialità per l’altra Italia". She also writes stories for children.


150 LucianoBarcelosLuciano Barcelos, RTP Azores
Session: Disasters Coverage
Luciano Barcelos is a journalist since 1979. After high school he attented a training program for journalists at University of Columbia, New York. He worked in several local newspapers and radio stations in Azores, and was a correspondant in the Portuguese news agency Anop, later known as Lusa. From 1996 he is News desk chief in RTP Açores.
He has published books about travelling: "Passagem das Bestas" and "Sobre Pedras".
At the present moment, he is in charge of Terceira RTP Açores delegation and the Multimedia regional channel services.


150 Mika RahkonenMika Rahkonen, Yle
Session: It’s Not the Device, Stupid!
Mika Rahkonen is heading a Media Lab and Development team at the News and Current Affairs Division at Yle, Finnish Broadcasting Corporation. He oversees new journalistic concepts, radio and TV program overhauls, all kinds of experiments/prototyping and different sort of re-designs. The goal is to keep Yle ahead of the curve in digital media development. 
Previously Mika was the Head of Internet and overseeing the strategic planning in the News and Current Affairs division. He has also worked as a Managing Editor in the Yle News, and before that spent 10 years in the Business News department.


150 johan lindenDr Johan Lindén, The Future of News consortium
Session: The Future of Journalism
Dr Johan Lindén is the project manager for “The Future of News”, a joint venture between the leading publishing houses and public broadcasters in Sweden. Dr Lindén has 30 years of experience as a manager in media both from the news room and board room and holds a PhD in Journalism at Stockholm University. Dr Lindén is also the former Secretary General of CIRCOM Regional.
The session will focus on some key findings from the ongoing project “The Future of News”, which purpose is to identify winning strategies to accelerate the growth rate in the digital news market and thus create a building block for a world-class digital media hub in Sweden. The goal of the project is to create the best possible opportunities for competitive news media products and services to promote high quality journalism.


150 JoaoGalveiasJoao Galveias, RTP
Session: Millennials: The Lost Generation?
Joao holds a B. S. in Chemistry from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, PAGE, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Early in his career, he left the biotech laboratories to follow a career in media. He began in radio, where he hosted several shows and then TV followed, where he did programming and promos.
After the radio, he moved to the world of multi-media and digital. From 2000 to 2014 he worked at SIC TV and Impresa Media Group where he held management positions as Director of Thematic and Cable Channels, Director of Multimedia, Online and Interactivity, and as Director-General, Digital IMPRESA Group.
Since 2014 he has been the Director of Digital Services at RTP and is in charge of all digital platforms of the Portuguese Public Media Service.


150 Thomas GrondThomas Grond, EBU
Session: Millennials: The Lost Generation?
Thomas Grond is Head of Young Audiences at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). He is responsible for all programme exchanges, co-productions, other editorial services, projects and conferences designed to address younger audiences, including children (pre-school and school) on all platforms. In addition he is building a network of media professionals and organisations to facilitate the formal and informal exchange of ideas, opinions, tools and projects regarding this audience group. Thomas is the EBU manager responsible for "Generation What - Europe", a multi-platform project that attracted almost 1 million active, mostly young participants in 35 countries.
Before EBU, Thomas Grond was Head of Children’s Programming at SRF (Swiss Radio and Television) on TV, radio and online. Before that, in 2009, he led the editorial board of children’s programming at SRF after many years as a producer of various radio and TV shows for children and young audiences.


150 EsbenSeerupEsben Seerup, TV2/Fyn
Session: Millennials: The Lost Generation?
Esben Seerup is CEO of TV 2/Fyn, one of eight Danish regional tv-stations. The last four years he has worked with the board and journalistic staff to change the journalistic line completely to news and current affairs in all media platforms. Before TV 2/Fyn he worked for more than 20 years as a reporter, news editor and managing editor at a major regional newspaper in Denmark. He started his career at Denmark’s Radio as a radio reporter.



150 Rui AlmeidaRui Almeida, SuperSport
Session: Disruptive Production Models?
Rui Almeida is a Portuguese anchor and journalist for South African broadcaster SuperSport. He was a sports reporter for national public Portuguese radio and television (RTP) during 15 years (starting in 1988).
Along his career he covered all major world sports events from New Zealand to Argentina, and he also worked as a freelancer in several social and political moments.
He joined the giant African provider Multi-choice seven years ago (before 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa), and he’s also a “MoJo”, as he works by himself covering events all over the world (like the Haiti earthquake or the Colombia peace treaty signature).
Rui is now finishing a documentary about “Costa Concordia” shipwreck in Giglio (Italy) in January 2012, as he was a passenger in that fatidic night.


150 Jose MoranJosé Morán, Appgree
Session: New Tools for TV Production
José Morán is a co-founder and CO-CEO of Appgree. For more than 40 years he has been leading companies as a business founder and manager, specializing in the technology industries. He has broad experience in tech companies, running both small start-ups and global corporations.



150 Guillaume KusterGuillaume Kuster, CIRCOM Regional and Tarkka Media
Session: Screening What's New and Trendy
Guillaume Kuster is a journalist, consultant and trainer. For 18 years he worked as a television and radio journalist for the French public broadcasters France Télévisions and Radio France. He was a reporter, presenter, cameraman, documentarist and web writer. Seeing the potential of smartphones in video production as early as 2010, he started to use mobile devices in his line of work and became a trainer for France Télévisions and CIRCOM Regional. Since then, he’s founded his own training and consultancy firm, and monitors the evolution of TV journalism as it evolves into an all-platforms content production.

150 CeciliaLonnehed 

Cecilia Lonnehed, SVT
Session: Pover to the Viewers!
Journalist at SVT local news, SVT Nyheter Väst. Cecilia is an expert on online publishing. Two years at SVT, previously at the newspaper Göteborgs-Posten for 15 years. Cecilia has been a sports reporter, a news editor as well as a digital developer.

150 SofiaNorden
Sofia Nordén
Session: Pover to the Viewers!
Journalist at SVT local news, SVT Nyheter Väst. Reporter in Angered, a suburb to Gothenburg. The main focus is on journalism about the multicultural areas around the second largest city in Sweden.


150 AntonSvendsen

Anton Svendsen
Session: Pover to the Viewers!
News Editor at SVT local news, SVT Nyheter Väst. The last few years, Anton Svendsen has focused on combining investigative journalism with crowd involvement.




150 AlexandrePletser

Alexandre Pletser, RTBF and CIRCOM Regional
Session: CIRCOM Contents Exchange
Alexandre is the Coordinator of RTBF’s European TV projects and CIRCOM's Coproduction Coordinator. He coordinates various platforms of cooperation for EBU and URTI, and is currently developing catalogues of international and European programmes for the RTBF digital channel La Trois. He develops and manages numerous European coproductions with the support of European Institutions such as the European Parliament and the European Commission.
For more than 25 years he has been executive producer of RTBF’s programmes and coproductions with many European or worldwide broadcasters, such as ARTE, France Télévisions, TV5MONDE, CANAL+, BBC, RAI, ZDF... He was coproducer or expert for various Belgian feature films with a successful international career in theatre and festivals, Oscar Nominees, Cannes Award, French Cesar...
International expert and "script doctor" for several entities such as UNESCO, various MEDIA EU programmes entities in Brussels, London and Paris. He is also Multimedia author and script editor, member of the Belgian Society of Authors, and Association of Audiovisual Writers.


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