NX 2006, November 2 - 3, Istanbul, Turkey
The 2006 event, our fifth year as a conference, saw our largest and most
diverse turnout -- more than 450 delegates from 52 countries -- for what is
now truly the world's premier broadcasting event.
The conference opened with a keynote speech from UN Under-Secretary for
Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland.
Moderated by BBC World presenter Lyse Doucet, Mr. Egeland's session focused
on the role of the media in emergency situations: when it works and when it
doesn't. It was a practical and engaging speech, with great relevance to the
We then moved on to look at the military mind, a rare encounter between the
military and the media. Our panel comprised generals from the American,
British and Israeli militaries, looking at how they are fighting wars of
insurgency in a world of 24/7 real-time television news and blogs. What
lessons have been learned from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon?
Does truth always have to be 'the first casualty' in warfare? We also took
another look at the safety debate, with new threats to journalists reporting
conflict, and asked ourselves about the prospects for new understanding re:
the legitimate role of the media during military operations. In the
afternoon, we took a look at the myriad challenges in reporting terrorism.
On the second day, we started early and screened Salim Amin's stirring
documentary, "Mo & Me," about his father, photojournalist Mohammed Amin. We
then looked at consumer generated journalism in a presentation produced the
BBC College of Journalism. Audiences are swamping news organisations with
video from mobiles, e-mails, texts, blogs and more. We heard from the BBC
that it receives more than 10,000 e-mails per day. So how much is this
audience participating changing the landscape of journalism? From there, we
moved to a session on technology: how we receive and share information, how
consumers consume it, what's new and what isn't.
On Friday afternoon, we were joined by Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip
Erdogan, who spoke to us about Turkey, the political realities in this NATO
country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, its bid to join the EU and the
growing difficulties associated with that effort. Mr. Erdogan took questions
from the audience, as well, spending over an hour with us. Finally, in the
last session of the 2006 conference, we looked at the number ten: Ten years
of Al Jazeera, one of the broadcasters who has changed the media world and
upended the global news agenda.
As in previous years, News Xchange gave broadcasters and media professionals
from around the world the opportunity to exchange ideas, share experiences
and challenge assumptions.
About News Xchange
The News Xchange has been created to provide broadcast news organizations
around the world with a first-class not-for-profit conference that is both
affordable and of relevance to broadcasters around the world.
Underwritten by Eurovision, the conference has received the support of the
70 members of the EBU's Eurovision News Exchange and the 29 members of
European News Exchange (ENEX), the co-operative of commercial broadcasters.
In addition, we are supported by the major international broadcast news
agencies and networks.