CULTURE

Two days of talks and discussions at GB and Zappeion, then off to Santorini

The grand ballroom at the historic Grande Bretagne Hotel was the venue for the third Publishing Alliance Conference (the previous two being held in Paris and Barcelona), with the focus on Greece after the success of last year’s Olympics. Thursday morning’s sessions were addressed by the IHT’s publisher Michael Golden, who spoke about the «Big Picture.» IHT Senior Vice President and Strategy and Development Director Didier Brun’s address was titled the «Future of Partnerships.» Then IHT Managing Editor Alison Smale, who apart from her native English speaks French, German and Russian, some Serbo-Croat and understands Czech, chose the subject of «Editing a Newspaper for a Global Class.» A lively panel discussion followed with representatives of newspapers in Japan, India, Egypt, Israel and Moscow, from the Bloomberg agency and Mitchell Newman, president of IHT Distribution Services in the US. The success story of the English Edition of Kathimerini was told by its Editor in Chief Nikos Konstandaras and Regional Director Alberto Cano. A business panel followed in the afternoon, with an open session later at Zappeion Hall on journalism and religion. Friday morning wound up the conference with a session on «The Digital Future» before the guests were whisked off to the Benaki Museum and then for a weekend of winding down on Santorini.