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Around the World in 60 Minutes: Asia Pacific

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Around the World in 60 Minutes: Asia Pacific

He believes that the economy will keep growing, and that ASEAN countries will continue to integrate and move closer together. Growth in newspapers will continue but of course not at the same pace, with very different markets in the region.

Other positive signs are that newspapers are still the media of choice for advertisers, said Chuensuksawadi, and that the middle class is growing in many countries in the region.

There are of course many challenges for the region, such as:

  • uncertainty of global economy
  • managing the costs
  • dealing with the generation shift
  • regaining lost revenue
  • mind shift transformation

There are a number of interesting developments in Asia, said Chuensuksawadi, for example in Hong Kong, where there are six free newspapers distributing three million copies a day. Mobile is growing: in Thailand, there are nearly 50 million people with mobile phones out of a population of 60 million.

In Myamnar, there are positive signs for a news media which has been kept thoroughly in the iron grip of the state. State-owned newspapers are still the only ones allowed to print, but direct censorship laws were recently lifted and the government is discussing further changing the laws. “There is hope, and it’s our responsibility to help them,” said Chuensuksawadi.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-09-03 17:25

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