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Local media face global competition

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 21 2016   /  07:26 am
Looking ahead: Chairman of the Global Forum for Media Development Leon Willems addresses participants at the 2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development at Multimedia Nusantara University in South Tangerang, Banten, on Tuesday. The forum is themed “Decoding The Future: Rethinking Media for A New World”.(JP/Donny Fernando)(JP/Donny Fernando)

Looking ahead: Chairman of the Global Forum for Media Development Leon Willems addresses participants at the 2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development at Multimedia Nusantara University in South Tangerang, Banten, on Tuesday. The forum is themed “Decoding The Future: Rethinking Media for A New World”.(JP/Donny Fernando)The term “global village”, coined by Canadian thinker Marshall McLuhan, may have become a hackneyed cliche, but for media companies, the term aptly explains the problems they are facing today.

In the past few years, Indonesia has seen a trend of global media companies such as BBC Indonesia and CNN Indonesia offering their content in Indonesian. Meanwhile, the Manila-based Rappler has set up a franchise in Jakarta and Coconuts Media, which focuses on Asia’s cities, has special pages dedicated to Jakarta and Bali.

The latest foreign media compan...