The news industry's most provocative and most insightful experience

What is News Xchange?

We are a two-day, annual conference focusing on bright ideas, opportunities and challenges for the international news industry. We bring together 600+ executives, journalists, presenters, bloggers and start-up entrepreneurs from all around the world to share, learn and cross-pollinate ideas with an array of experts, scientists, artists and thought leaders. We are the only conference that aims to remain intimate because we believe in the art of conversation.

What makes News Xchange such a vital event is the fact that it is structured as a guided experience. There's always an element of surprise, too -- someone I've never heard of who stands on stage and changes my view of the world.News Xchange 2017 delegate


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Phil Chetwynd

Global Editor-in-Chief, Agence France-Presse

Phil Chetwynd was appointed AFP's Paris-based Global Editor-in-Chief in October 2012. He is responsible for the output of some 1,500 text, photo and video journalists and plays a major role in driving the agency's evolving multimedia strategy around the world.

He joined AFP in 1996 after three years in British regional newspapers and has since been posted in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He reported as a special correspondent from some 20 countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Chetwynd was also AFP's Deputy Bureau Chief in China for two years. Between 2002 and 2012, he was based in Hong Kong as first News Editor and then Chief Editor for the Asia-Pacific region where he gained widespread experience managing major global stories such as the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis, the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the rise of China.

He set up AFP's first multimedia integrated newsroom in Hong Kong and played a major role in launching the video service in Asia.

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Nic Newman

Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Institute

Nic Newman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University where he is lead author of the annual Digital News Report, the world’s largest on-going study of consumer behaviour around news. He authors an influential annual report on media and technology trends and has just completed a report on how voice-activated devices are being used for news,  to co-incide with NewsXchange 2018.

Nic also works as a consultant  helping media companies with product strategy, data, metrics and digital transformation. He was a founding member of the BBC News Website in 1997 where he led international coverage. As Head of Product Development and Engineering for BBC News he helped introduce innovations such as apps, blogs, podcasting and on-demand video.

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Steve Bannon

Former White House Chief Strategist for U.S. President Donald Trump

Mr. Bannon, the former White House Chief Strategist for U.S. President Donald Trump, will join us to discuss what he believes the new world order will be and the challenges for media. Mr. Bannon has recently started spending more time in Europe, and has launched The Movement, a foundation seeking to unite anti-establishment factions and forces across the continent. According to a recent article, Mr. Bannon's aim is transcend the left-right dichotomy to fight what he calls "the party of Davos" -- the financial, managerial, and cultural elite. Mr. Bannon will be interviewed by a BBC journalist, who will then moderate an open Question & Answer with our audience. 

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Iman Rappetti

Radio host, journalist and author

As a respected, senior journalist, Iman Rappetti is heard every weekday morning on PowerFM.  She formerly co-anchored News Night with Jeremy Maggs for over five years. Iman Rappetti has successfully MC’d large corporate and public events. As a speaker, her personal story is a moving tale of how South Africa’s race and class politics have shaped our identities and sense of belonging.

This award-winning journalist has more than fifteen years’ experience in online, print, radio and broadcast journalism and has covered stories all the way from the Middle East to Africa and the US, with politics as her main focus.

In 2011 she hosted US First Lady Michelle Obama on her first SA tour as part of the Young African Women’s Leadership Forum, serving as an anchor for dialogue between Obama and young African female leaders.

On the speaking front, her humorous and poignant descriptions of her mixed cultural heritage give us an insight into the struggles of mixed parents and how that affected a whole generation of children who were struggling to shape their own identities and futures.  It’s presented in that honest, down to earth and often amusing style Iman is known for.

Her MC work has included the 2012 and 2013 Standard Bank Journalism Awards and she facilitated the former Public Protector – Thuli Madonsela’s – public lecture at the Wits Business School.

Rappetti has interviewed many of SA’s movers and shakers as well as celebrities like Oprah and Richard Branson. Her depth of knowledge and sense of humour combine to make Iman Rappetti a popular MC or speaker for so many diverse events.

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Tony Hall

BBC Director-General

Tony Hall

Lord Hall of Birkenhead CBE

BBC Director-General



Tony Hall is one of the key figures in the UK’s media and arts industry. 

As Director-General, he is the BBC’s editorial, operational and creative leader.  He oversees all the BBC’s services across the UK and around the world, both public service and commercial. 

He joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973, and after a 20-year career as a senior journalist and editor, he became Chief Executive of BBC News and Current Affairs. 

In 2001 he left the Corporation to become Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House. 

He re-joined the BBC in 2013 as its 16th Director-General.

In 2009 he joined the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and became Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board. He’s currently a Trustee of The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and sits on the Board of 14-18 NOW. 

He was awarded a CBE in 2006 and was made a life peer in 2010. He sits on the crossbenches in the House of Lords.

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Chessy Prout

Founder #IHaveTheRightTo and Author

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul’s School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy bravely reported her assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. Then, in the face of horrific backlash from her once-trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice. One person at a time, Chessy built a circle of survivors who took a magnifying glass to the institutions that turn a blind eye to such behavior and a society that blames victims rather than perpetrators.  Chessy writes about her experiences in her memoir I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope.

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Tobi Oredein

Founder @blackballaduk

Tobi Oredein started off working for a British weekly entertainment magazine, before going on to freelance for a range of online and print publications. In 2013, after realising that the media industry was lacking racial inclusivity in its staff and content, she decided to launch the website Black Ballad with her co-founder Bola Awoniyi. Black Ballad's aim was to give the underrepresented voices of black women a platform, so that the human experiences of black women would be told as authentically as possible.

Tobi was nominated for the 2017 Georgina Henry Award for Innovation in Journalism and in 2018, alongside her co-founder, was placed on the Forbes Europe 30 Under 30 list in Media & Marketing. Most recently, the Evening Standard stated that Tobi was one of six women you need to follow in tech. 

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Lila King

Head of News & Publishing Partnerships, Instagram

Lila King leads global news & publisher partnerships for Instagram. Before joining Instagram in 2016, King had a long tenure at CNN Worldwide, most recently leading partnerships and product development at HLN, and before that heading up social news for CNN. In 2006, she and a tiny group of colleagues launched CNN iReport, the first citizen journalism effort inside a traditional news organization. 

She's based in New York.

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Jamie Angus

Director of BBC World Service Group

Jamie Angus is the Director of BBC World Service Group. BBC World Service broadcasts around the world on TV, Radio and Online in 42 languages. In English, our BBC World News channel and the BBC News website are run as a commercial company within the BBC, with the aim of distributing our high quality and independent international news, sport and weather coverage around the world. World Service Group currently reaches an audience of 346 million per week globally. Prior to taking up this role, Jamie was the Editor of the flagship Today Programme, which provides politics and international news coverage for 7 million radio listeners a week within the UK.


The Today Programme | 1999-2007 – Joined Today as a researcher, staying for eight years, latterly as Assistant Editor 

Editor, Daytime News Programmes, BBC World Service | 2007-2009 - These programmes include the daily flagship Newshour

Editor, The World at One, Radio 4 | 2009-2010 – During the period including the 2010 General Election and the formation of the coalition 

Commissioner BBC Global News | 2010-2012 – Included a stint running the newsroom at BBC World News, also devised and launched new TV bulletins for Global News in Swahili, Urdu, Hindi and the new daily Focus on Africa TV bulletin. I also commissioned the new WS radio breakfast show Newsday, which launched in 2012

Acting Editor, Newsnight | 2012-2013

Editor, Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 | 2013-2016 – I re-joined Today, Radio 4’s breakfast news and current affairs flagship, as Editor 

Deputy Director, BBC World Service Group & Editorial Director, Global News Ltd. |2017 – 2018

Director, BBC World Service Group | 2018 – …

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Julie Etchingham

Presenter and reporter for ITV News

Julie Etchingham presents ITV News at Ten and ITV's Tonight programme. She has an extensive background in journalism, having presented Newsround, BBC Breakfast News and Sky News Today. She was the first woman to host a UK election programme and won an International Emmy Award for a documentary on Bosnia. In 2010, Julie became the first woman to be named Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year. She won the award for a second time in 2016. She lives with her husband and two sons in London.

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Renée Kaplan

Head of Audience Engagement, Financial Times

Renée Kaplan is the Head of Audience Engagement at the Financial Times, where she leads a team that helps grow the reach and impact of FT journalism and pilots digital strategy and innovation in the newsroom. Previously Deputy Editorial Director of news network France 24, and Chief Content Officer at Havas, she has also worked as a journalist on staff at numerous U.S. media including CNN, CBS and the New York Observer. She is Franco-American and lives in London.    

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Nuala McGovern

Anchor, BBC World Service

It’s a 20 year career in radio and TV that has brought Nuala around the world to cover some of the most important stories in recent history. Nuala is one of the top presenters on the BBC World Service and hosts a two hour daily radio programme called OS. In addition, Nuala is an established TV presenter on BBC World News and BBC News. The first part of Nuala’s career was in New York as editor of the flagship public radio show on WNYC where she was awarded a Peabody for excellence in broadcasting.

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Emmanuelle Saliba

Head of Social Strategy, Euronews

Emmanuelle Saliba is the Head of Social Strategy at Euronews. In her role, she is both a working journalist and editorial leader, managing an innovative and dedicated team.

Most recently, she launched The Cube, a state-of-the-art studio at the heart of Euronews’ newsroom run by journalists who specialize in social discovery and verification.

Previously, in a leadership role at NBC News, she built and oversaw a 24/7 social newsgathering team that supported bureaus, shows, brands, and sites in helping spot and verify hundreds of unconfirmed reports, and acquire user-generated content. Saliba also co-created Stay Tuned, NBC's first daily news show on Snapchat, with over 29 million people tuning in when it first launched.

A graduate of Middlebury College, Saliba has also worked for TIME Magazine and 60 Minutes, and participated in Poynter's Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. She speaks English, French and Portuguese.

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Matthew Caruana Galizia

Journalist and software engineer

Matthew Caruana Galizia is a journalist and software engineer. He worked at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for five years, where he founded the organisation's Data and Research Unit in 2014 and was a lead engineer on six major investigations: Offshore Leaks, Swiss Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks, Fatal Extraction, Panama Papers, and Paradise Papers. The Unit's core work on the Panama Papers, which supported the investigations of hundreds of journalists worldwide, led to his team winning the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2017. Matthew left the ICIJ in 2018 to continue working on the case around the assassination of his mother, Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was an investigative journalist killed by a car bomb near her home in Malta in October 2017.

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Ben de Pear

Editor, Channel 4 News

Ben de Pear is the editor of Channel 4 News.

He began his journalism career on the Staines and Ashford News as an intern. He joined Sky News in 1994 and went on to become foreign producer based in London 1996-2000. From 2000-2005 he was based in Johannesburg as Africa editor. In 2005 he joined Channel 4 News as foreign producer, became foreign editor 2008 and was appointed editor in August 2012.

Ben has won numerous Royal Television Society awards, including consecutive News Programme of the Year awards, three Amnesty International awards, three FPA awards, a BAFTA and two International Emmy awards.

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Stuart Almond

Head of Marketing & Communications, Media Solutions Europe

As a lead spokesperson for innovation within the Media & Entertainment industry, Stuart oversees B2B marketing & communications strategy for Sony’s professional media solutions business in Europe. 

In this multi-departmental role he manages large cross-functional teams responsible for all marketing and customer engagement activity, in addition to the development of new, innovative technologies and services.

This embraces Brand messaging, go-to-market delivery, event strategy (including IBC), sales enablement, PoC management and strategic partnerships development covering the full portfolio of Sony’s professional media solutions products and services.

Prior to his current appointment, Stuart was responsible for developing overall marketing strategy for Sony’s IT Workflow Solutions products and services portfolio for broadcasters and content creators. As Business Development Manager he developed the sales proposition, managed teams through pre-sales, bids and project delivery in a role that incorporated product and proposition management with client services for a range of broadcast media clients across Europe. 

A highly skilled communications specialist, Stuart is focused on championing innovative media technology and supply chain solutions that meet the needs of media and entertainment businesses – today and tomorrow.

He has gained over 20 years’ experience in the broadcast and media sector, working with a range of high profile global B2B and B2C brands. During this time he’s successfully delivered several pioneering technology and industry change projects.

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Tom Crocker

Senior Consultant Strategic Projects Sony

Tom has spent twelve years at the forefront of media technology assisting media creators all over Europe by helping design workflows from camera to distribution for everything from news acquisition to high-end cinema production. 

His current focus is on cloud-based workflows with a particular focus on migrating traditional thinking into a connected IoT world and helping customers to find and leverage benefits.

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Kumba Kpakima

Reporter, Sky News

Once homeless, Kumba Kpakima is now working towards her dream of becoming a journalist. Kumba Kpakima became homeless after her mum died when she was just 15.  

Now, though, after being helped by the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, she is living in her own flat and pursuing her dream of becoming a journalist.

Kumba, 18, is also supporting our fundraising for the Homeless Helpline and, after meeting Centrepoint patron Prince William at the appeal launch, she was invited to the newsroom of our campaign partner the Lonidon Evening Standard to learn about being a reporter.

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Riyaad Minty

Director of Digital, TRT World

Riyaad Minty is the Director of Digital at TRT World and TRT Arabi. He joined TRT in Istanbul in 2016 to build the digital arm of the new network. Riyaad currently leads a team of over 150 people focused on digital content. Prior to joining TRT World, Riyaad spent a decade with Al Jazeera as the network’s global Head of Social Media. He is one of the founders of AJ+, one of the world’s largest news outlets for the digital generation. Riyaad is recognised as a leader in the space of digital media and regularly speaks at conferences and universities around the world. Riyaad’s work focuses on the interaction between content, audiences and platforms. 

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Nick Wrenn

Head of Facebook’s News Partnerships EMEA

Nick Wrenn is head of Facebook’s News Partnerships team for EMEA, based in London. Nick and his colleagues collaborate with publishers and broadcasters across the region. Nick joined Facebook in December 2014 after 24 years in newsrooms. He began his career as a newspaper reporter in England before moving to the UK Press Association and also working for Reuters. Nick was a member of the team that launched and grew the BBC News website, then spent 14 years at CNN. During his time there he was in charge of the London bureau, overseeing CNN’s newsgathering and programming for EMEA. Then he spent six years at CNN HQ in Atlanta as the VP in charge of international digital services. Optional personal bio if needed: Nick lives in London with his wife Jill, and four children.

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David Rhodes

CBS News President

David Rhodes was named president of CBS News in 2011. He is responsible for all news content for the CBS Television Network, CBS digital platforms, and CBS News Radio.

Rhodes oversaw the creation of "CBS This Morning," a morning show with a serious news focus, in 2012. Since its launch, the broadcast has added more than a million daily viewers and is delivering the network's largest morning news audience in nearly 30 years. During his tenure, he also hired Jane Pauley to be the anchor of "CBS Sunday Morning" and promoted John Dickerson to be the anchor of "Face the Nation." Most recently, he named Jeff Glor as the next anchor of the "CBS Evening News."

In 2014, Rhodes, with CBS Interactive, launched CBSN, which live-streams CBS News' journalism to new audiences and is available 24 hours a day on mobile,, and streaming services.

Rhodes joined CBS from Bloomberg LP, where, as head of U.S. Television, he was responsible for all programming, development, editorial, and newsgathering. He began his career at the Fox News Channel in 1996 and later became the channel's vice president of news, where he was responsible for the network's daily news reports and breaking news -- including overseeing the Fox News' Assignment Desk on September 11, 2001.

He has twice been named to Fortune magazine's "40 Under 40" list, he's also been named to the Hollywood Reporter's "35 Most Powerful People in Media" and to GQ's "50 Most Powerful People in Washington."

Rhodes became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2013 and is a member of the International Media Council at the World Economic Forum's annual meetings in Davos, Switzerland. He is on the Board of Trustees of Rice University and the advisory board of the James A. Baker III Institute. Rhodes serves as the chairman of the advisory board for the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

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Anshul Tewari

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Youth Ki Awaaz

As founder & editor-in-chief of Youth Ki Awaaz (YKA), Anshul Tewari sits at the helm of one of India’s largest content platforms for young people to engage on social issues. Tewari founded the site while still in high school in 2008, and today it boasts four million monthly readers and 75,000 users. In the past decade, YKA stories have started nationwide movements. Tewari is also an Ashoka Fellow, an INK Fellow, and a United Nations ITU Young Innovator.

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Michaela Küfner

Chief Political Editor, Deutsch Welle

Michaela Küfner is Deutsche Welle’s Chief Political Editor, keeping a close eye on the increasingly volatile political landscape in Germany and what it means for Europe and beyond. As co-host of DW’s weekly podcast “Stammtisch” she offers analysis, but also anecdotes around German politics. As part of the German national press, Michaela tells the inside political story of Germany to the outside world and reports on Angela Merkel’s foreign trips when traveling with the German chancellor. 

Trained as a journalist in Britain, Michaela started her journalistic career with BBC World’s ‘HARDtalk’ and “the world today” programmes. After returning to Germany she also started travelling extensively as an election observer for the EU and the OSCE. In 2006 she co- founded the Berlin-based NGO “Democracy Reporting International”.

After hosting DW’s hourly news programme and the globalization magazine “Global 3000”, Michaela has been focusing on German politics for the past five years. She is convinced that the most interesting times in German politics for more than a decade have just begun.

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Aliaume Leroy

Open Source Investigative Journalist, BBC Africa Eye/Bellingcat

Aliaume Leroy is an open source investigative journalist for BBC Africa Eye, the Africa-focused investigations unit of the BBC World Service. He is also a member of the Bellingcat Investigation Team, where he concentrates his research on Latin America and delivers training in open source investigation tools and techniques. Before, he was a campaigner on the Conflict & Fragile States strand at the NGO Global Witness. 

He has published investigations into conflicts as well as arms, drug, and diamond trafficking.

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Jenn Abelson

Investigative reporter, The Boston Globe

Jenn Abelson is an investigative reporter for the Boston Globe Spotlight Team and co-author of the memoir,  "I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope " by Chessy Prout. In 2014, Chessy was a freshman at St. Paul's School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy broke her silence in 2016 to help other survivors know they are not alone and they have the right to have their voices heard. "I Have the Right To," published on March 6, 2018, can be ordered here and book events are here. 

Jenn has worked as a reporter at the Boston Globe for 16 years. Her investigations have exposed sexual assault at prep schools in New England, sexual harassment at ESPN, and sexual misconduct in the modeling industry. She has also investigated doctors secretly performing two surgeries at the same time and the widespread mislabeling of fish in the restaurant industry. In 2015, she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her work with the Spotlight Team on "Shadow Campus," a series about dangerous off-campus college housing. Jenn grew up in New York, attended Cornell University, and lives in Boston.

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Noriko Kudo

Director of Media Strategy & Cooperation, NHK News

Noriko Kudo leads Media Strategy and Cooperation team at NHK News Department and is fully responsible for partnerships with foreign media, including broadcasters, agencies and digital media.

Noriko joined NHK in 1995 and started her career as a journalist for NHK Nagano Station, where she covered a variety of fields from 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano to sarin attacks on innocent citizens by a Cult group “Aum Shinrikyo”. After working as a domestic journalist for more than 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles where she covered news events and issues such as 2008 US Presidential election and immigration crisis. After returning to Japan, she worked as news editor for local news service at NHK Kushiro, Hokkaido. She has been in the present position since 2015.

With 2020 Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics in less than 2 years, NHK is now aiming to strengthen its news reporting, offer contents on multi devices and engage all audiences and users. To serve these goals, Noriko is currently spending much of her time on projects on “Branding of NHK News” and “Work-flow reform”, both of which involve extensive discussions with journalists in the fields as well as various sections of the organization.

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Megan Twohey

Investigative reporter, The New York Times

Megan Twohey is a prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times who has focused much of her attention on the treatment of women and children. Along with a team of reporters who exposed sexual harassment and misconduct across industries, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2018.

In 2017, she and Jodi Kantor broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged abuse toward women, helping to ignite a global reckoning on sexual harassment. The investigation shared in the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for public service and the George Polk award for national reporting, and won other national prizes. The previous year, during the 2016 presidential race, Ms. Twohey told the stories of women who accused Donald J. Trump of groping and other sexual misconduct.

As a reporter with Reuters, she uncovered an underground network where parents gave away adopted children they no longer wanted to strangers met on the Internet. Known as private re-homing, the illicit practice took place with no government oversight and at great risk to children. Called The Child Exchange, the series was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and won other awards. It prompted states to pass new laws to protect children. Two of the main subjects were sent to prison. And Ms. Twohey testified before a Senate committee.

While reporting at The Chicago Tribune, she exposed how police and prosecutors were shelving DNA evidence collected after sex crimes, robbing victims of the chance for justice. In response to her articles, Illinois passed the first state law mandating the testing of every rape kit. Ms. Twohey's other investigations brought about separate legal protections for victims of stalking, domestic violence and sex-abusing doctors.

Ms. Twohey, a contributor to NBC and MSNBC, lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Ms. Twohey and Ms. Kantor are writing a book on the Weinstein investigation and sexual harassment, coming from Penguin Press.

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Marcel Gelauff

Editor-in-chief, NOS

Marcel Gelauff is editor-in-chief for the Dutch Broadcast Foundation (NOS) since 2011. He started his career in journalism in 1980 at the Leidse Courant. In 1987 he became head of the news service of the regional daily newspaper De Gooi- en Eemlander. In 1992 he switched to television and took up several posts, including senior editor at RTL Nieuws and head of the parliamentary editorial office. In 2003 he started working for the Dutch Broadcast Foundation as assistent editor-in-chief.

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Asun Gómez Bueno

Director of International Relations, RTVE

Asun Gómez Bueno works at TVE since 1989, when she graduated in Journalism.

She is currently director of International Relations of Spanish Radio and Television after having served as director of the 24 Hours News Channel, which was awarded as Best Thematic Channel in 2010 and 2012 by the Spanish TV Academy.

Prior to this she was head of News Exchange and News Gathering, when the department got the Excellence Award for her contribution to Diversity and Quality of News Exchanges. She has been vice chairwoman and chairwoman of the News Committee so she has had the chance to know what the EBU and this Committee is about. She has had the honor -while holding these positions and afterwards- to participate in many projects related to the defence of the Public Service Media and the independence of journalism.

She is also a member of the Mediterranean Observatory of Communication of the Autonomous University of Barcelona and is one of the thirteen members of the TVE News Council, a body elected by the professionals of information of TVE with the function of ensuring the editorial independence of the corporation news programs.

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Melissa Falkowski

Teacher, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School



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Lucille Werner

Dutch TV host

Lucille Werner, a Dutch well-known television programme host who started the Lucille Werner Foundation (LWF). Being physically disabled herself, Lucille fights for integration of people with a disability in society. The LWF helps societies open their eyes but also gives people with a disability the Call to Action as main function.

In 2010 Lucille received a royal medal for her input in the positive image of people with a disability naming her Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau.

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Mika Rahkonen

Head Of Strategy, Yle

Mika Rahkonen is in charge of the web and mobile concept and web and mobile development of News, Sports, Current affairs and Regional content at the Finnish Broadcasting Co (Yle).

Previously Mika was overseeing the strategic planning in the News and Current Affairs division.

He has also worked as a managing editor in the Yle News dept. and before that spent 10 years in the business news dept.

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Daniel Adamson

Series Producer, BBC Africa Eye



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Amol Rajan

Media Editor @BBCNews

Amol Rajan (born 4 July 1983) is the BBC's Media Editor, having taken up the role in December 2016. Rajan was formerly editor of The Independent newspaper from June 2013. When The Independent announced it was dropping the print edition in February 2016, and continuing as only an online operation, Rajan was retained for a period as "editor-at-large".

From May 2017, he has presented The Media Show on BBC Radio 4 in succession to Steve Hewlett. Since 2017, Rajan has provided holiday cover for several presenters on BBC Radio 2, including Simon Mayo and Jeremy Vine.

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Lydia Polgreen

Editor in Chief, HuffPost

Lydia Frances Polgreen (born 1975) is a journalist, who is the editor-in-chief of HuffPost. She was previously the editorial director of NYT Global at The New York Times, and the West Africa bureau chief for the same publication, based in Dakar, Senegal, from 2005-2009. She won many awards, most recently the Livingston award in 2009. She also reported from India. She was then based in Johannesburg, South Africa where she was The New York Times Johannesburg Bureau Chief.

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Lisa Gibbs

Director of News Partnerships, Associated Press

Lisa Gibbs is the Director of News Partnerships for the Associated Press (AP), working on the AP newsroom's collaborations with foundations, emerging technology companies and other media organizations. She also co-lead AP's strategic efforts to use automation and artificial intelligence in the newsroom. Previously, she was AP's Global Business Editor. In 2016, she was named Business Journalist of the Year by TalkingBizNews. She is a former Senior Writer for Money and Executive Business Editor at the Miami Herald.

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Jane Spencer

Deputy Editor, Guardian US

Jane Spencer is an American journalist, and Deputy Editor of Guardian US, where she oversees editorial strategy and newsroom innovation. Previously, she was Editor-in-chief of Fusion Media Group, a millennial-focused cable and digital network owned by Univision. She was one of the founding editors of 'The Daily Beast,' where she worked as Executive Editor until 2012.

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EBU, BBC Statements

The decision to invite a guest to speak at News Xchange is made on the basis of the relevance and importance of the issue they will discuss. With every speaker, we challenge and debate views and positions, and we give our audience the opportunity to do the same. An invitation to speak is not an endorsement of any position or viewpoint. There has been discussion in the press about our decision to include political strategist Steve Bannon in this year's programme. The statement below articulates the process and the context.

For further information about the Terms of Reference for our event with regard to agenda and guests can be found here





This year, more than 500 executives, journalists, presenters, bloggers and start-up entrepreneurs will come together in Edinburgh for News Xchange. Download this year's attendee list here.

Our News Xchange 2018 venue

A defining landmark

News Xchange 2018 will be taking place in one of the most popular meeting destinations around the world, Edinburgh. The blend of UNESCO World Heritage architecture and world-class entertainment makes Edinburgh a breath-taking city to visit. News Xchange has chosen one of the city's most outstanding venues for conferences and events: the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). Located in The Exchange district of central Edinburgh, the EICC can be reached by several routes with plenty of accessible travel options to choose from.

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The Exchange, Edinburgh,
EH3 8EE, Scotland

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