Saudi Media Forum kicks off today

Two-day event features speakers including Dr. Javad Moghatti and Sam Barnett
The event i sbeing held at the Hilton, Jeddah.
The event i sbeing held at the Hilton, Jeddah.


The Saudi Media Forum, which takes place at the Jeddah Hilton today and tomorrow, will see experts in the field of media discuss opportunities and challenges in Saudi Arabia’s media industry.

Delegates including Dr. Javad Moghatti, general secretary of Asia Broadcasting Union (ABU), H.E. Dr. Riad Najm, president of the General Commission for Audiovisual Media, professor Salahuddin Maaoui, director general of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), Fahad Al-Sukait, CEO of Rotana, and Sam Barnett, CEO of MBC are due speak at the forum.

Today’s line-up includes a keynote address Dr. Najm about the licencing of new TV channels. This will be followed by a panel examining public service broadcasting in the region, moderated by Dr. Javad. Panelists include Anothai Udomsilp, director of Academic Institute of Public Media, Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS); Ibrahim Eren, deputy director general, Turkish Radio Television Corporation; and Abdulrahman Al Hazza’a, president, Saudi Broadcasting Corporation.

Amongst the day’s packed agenda there is also a panel on piracy, copyright and intellectual property. This panel will be moderated by Amani Al Samoui, journalist, UFM, and is due to include David Butorac, CEO, OSN Network; Carlos Tibi, CEO, ICFLIX; and Pascal Marie, senior director, Civolution.

Dr. Najm said that the forum aims to create a platform for decision-makers in the Saudi media sector, and for the exchange of ideas and strategies to face future challenges. The forum will discuss the current developments in various media, with presenting the latest technologies in the field.

He added that the forum will focus on digital media as an area of growing in influence in media. The forum will also address the role of Saudi women in the media with the aim of encouraging their participation and contribution.

The Saudi Media Awards will also take place today. The event will recognise prominent personalities and companies that have contributed to Saudi Arabia’s media sector in the past 12 months.

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