Wan-Ifra Indian Media Leaders eSummit 2022 from 28-30 June

Directions of news media business in the new order

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Wan-Ifra Indian Media Leaders eSummit 2022 is taking place from 28-30 June. Photo: Wan-Ifra
Wan-Ifra Indian Media Leaders eSummit 2022 is taking place from 28-30 June. Photo: Wan-Ifra

Indian Media Leaders eSummit, the initiative from Wan-Ifra, brings together CEOs, publishers, managing directors, editors, business heads and other leaders from across print and digital functions to discuss fresh ideas and strategic directions of news media business in the new order. 

The event, organized virtually from 28-30 June, provides thought leadership centred around topics including drivers of digital transformation success, changing audience engagement, die in the news business and business innovations. The event should be attended by CEOs, publishers, managing directors, editors-in-chief, CMOS, media leaders, chief executives, senior managers, chief digital officers, revenue managers, researchers and more.

Speakers of Wan-Ifra Indian Media Leaders eSummit 2022

Speakers at the event include Akanksha Saxena of Deutsche Welle, Bharat Gupta of Jagran New Media, Debarati Guha of Deutsche Welle, Gaurav Sachdeva of Singapore’s SPH Media, Harrish M Bhatia of Dainik Bhaskar Group, Harsha Mathew of Malayala Manorama, Kunal Pradhan of Hindustan Times, Parikshit Bhardwaj of Jagran New Media, Pradyuman Maheshwari, Raju Narisetti of McKinsey & Company, Rajeev Beotra of HT Media, Ritu Kapur of The Quint, Stig Ørskov of JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark, Sarmad Ali of Jang Media Group, KN Shanth Kumar of The Printers (Mysore), Sitaraman Shankar of The Printers Mysore and Deccan Herald, and Tor Jacobsen of Schibsted, Norway.

The conference session timing on all three days afternoon session is 1500 – 1700 hrs India time and tickets cost INR 15000 or Euro 180 per person. Wan-Ifra members are entitled to a limited number of free registrations on a first-come, first-served basis.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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