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Arab News, FII Institute partner to shed light on the future of regional media industry

  • Cooperation to produce research, panel discussions and industry level, government white papers

Photo caption: Arab News Editor-in-Chief Faisal J, Abbas (L) and FII Institute CEO Richard Attias.

April 20th, 2021 - EMBARGOED 5PM KSA/6PM UAE

Riyadh: Arab News — the Middle East’s leading English language daily — is partnering with the Future Investment Initiative Institute to shed light on the future of the regional media industry.

The year-long cooperation — marking the newspaper’s 46th anniversary — will see the co-production of a series of expert panel discussions, surveys, white papers and recommendations of how the industry can survive the digital disruption and create sustainable models for the future.

“The past two decades saw traditional media dramatically impacted by rapidly developing technology. The rise of tech giants, social media platforms has created an uneven competitive environment and curtailed many traditional media outlets ability to have a sustainable growth model, be it through advertising or subscription models,” said Faisal J. Abbas, Editor-in-Chief of Arab News.

“While technology has had a positive impact on many new businesses and individual content creators/influencers; it has meant that established, credible media organizations are left with no means to sustain the costly process of producing, editing and disseminating credible news. It has also made it easier for other entities to illegally benefit from, infringe on these organizations copy rights.” He added.

The partnership between Arab News and FII Institute will see the larger impact of technology on economic models of media businesses discussed. It will also cover topics such as the negative impact of social media platforms on matters such as the rise of fake news, increase in hate speech and loss of personal privacy.

“As part of the FII institute commitment to empowering the world’s brightest ideas to materialize and scale sustainability, we are delighted to partner with Arab News on this deep dive into the media industry, and find solutions to help the industry evolve and resolve its digital transformation issues,” said Richard Attias, CEO of the FII Institute.

The first deliverable of this cooperation, will be a white paper produced by the Arab News Research and Studies Unit (RSU) based in London. The paper, to be released in May, will be published under the title of “The Myth of Digital Transformation” and will seek to explain in detail the technical problems that face the media industry from a commercial perspective and what impact do they have on various levels.

The paper will be available for distribution via Arab News and the FII Institute websites, and a panel discussion will be held following its release to shed light on its findings.


About Arab News

Established in 1975, the Riyadh-based Arab News is the Middle East’s leading English language daily. Part of regional publishing powerhouse, SRMG, Arab News has been Saudi Arabia’s newspaper of record for over four decades, it has regional hubs in London, Dubai, Islamabad and Tokyo. Since 2016, the newspaper has undergone a digital transformation strategy which saw it enhance its web presence and launch three additional digital editions: Arab News Pakistan, Arab News Japan, and Arab News en Francais.

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About the Future Investment Initiative Institute (FII-Institute)

The Future Investment Initiative Institute is a new generation of non-for-profit global foundation that seeks to empower the world's brightest ideas to materialize and scale sustainably. The FII-Institute will act as the curator of the global conversation on humanity's most pressing societal issues, sparking concrete actions and mobilizing cross-border thought leadership, collaboration and resources to cater for an accelerated impact in the short- and mid-term, while also creating long-term platforms that have the potential to significantly shape the future of our societies.

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