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Malcolm Turnbull to address The Newspaper Works’ Future Forum

TurnbullCommunications Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be the keynote speaker at The Newspaper Works annual conference, The Future Forum, in August, the industry body said today.

Newspaper Works CEO Mark Hollands said he expects Turnbull will address the issue of media ownership laws, with the government having signalled its willingness to relax media laws in Australia later this year.

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.”

Turnbull will speak on the same morning as the Forum’s high level newspaper publisher CEO panel, which will be hosted by the Network Ten executive general manager Russel Howcroft.

CEO’s 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).

Newspaper Works has also secured international newspaper execs including The New York Times chief consumer officer Yasmin Namini and German publisher Axel Springer’s managing director of content Pit Gottschalk.
iTunes ‘Hall of Fame’ designer Joe Zeff and the founder of Storyful, Mark Little, will also speak.

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

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