World Association of Newspapers congress rescheduled

The World Association of Newspapers congress will now be held in Hyderabad, India, from 30 November to 3 December 2009.

WAN announced last month that the event, originally planned for March, would be postponed due to the financial downturn, and impact on newspapers’ budgets.

Timothy Balding, the CEO of WAN, said: ‘Our Indian colleagues have done a fantastic job in rescheduling all the arrangements, which is not an easy job for an event of such size and scope.

‘For our part, we believe newspaper companies will, by necessity, learn to live with the crisis over the year and be more willing to invest again in conferences and travel by the end of the year.

‘These events have long been a major opportunity for newspaper executives from around the globe to meet and exchange strategic ideas, and the need for such exchanges is more important than ever.”

Last year’s event drew more than 1,800 participants from 113 countries to Gothenburg, Sweden – a record for the 61-year old conference.

Full details of the 2009 event, including the conference programme, can be found at http://www.wanindia2009.com.

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