KUALA LUMPUR: The Korea Herald chief editorial writer Chon Shi-yong (pic) is the new chairman of the Asia News Network (ANN), succeeding Star Media Group’s Datuk Leanne Goh.
Chon, a member of the ANN board of editors since 2015, was elected by the board at its recent annual meeting here.
“I’m very honoured to assume the chairmanship of ANN, which has grown as the only alliance of its kind in Asia over the past 20 years.
“I hope ANN will help the Asian media tackle challenges including threats to journalism and the onslaught of the digital media,” Chon said.
Under his chairmanship, The Korea Herald will co-host the next board meeting in Seoul in April 2019, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the alliance.
Founded by nine members in 1999, ANN is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung of Germany, which runs Media Programme Asia based in Singapore.
The programme’s new director Christoph Grabitz will assume his post on Aug 1.
ANN is an alliance of 24 leading media organisations in 21 countries across Asia.
Working under the motto “We Know Asia Better”, ANN has editorial desks in Bangkok, New Delhi, Singapore and Phnom Penh, whose core operation includes real-time exchange and sharing of news among members, and operation of a news website at annx.asianews.network.
Other services and activities include a daily e-newsletter, exclusive insightful reports on www.asianews.network and a platform for commentaries by editors and Asian commentators.
The alliance also organises various forums on the media and journalism.
Its members comprise The Korea Herald, China Daily, China Post (Taiwan), Gogo Mongolia, Yomiuri Shimbun and The Japan News, Dawn (Pakistan), The Statesman (India), The Island (Sri Lanka), Kuensel (Bhutan), Kathmandu Post (Nepal), Daily Star (Bangladesh), Eleven Media (Myanmar), The Nation (Thailand), Jakarta Post, The Star and Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia), The Phnom Penh Post and Rasmei Kampuchea (Cambodia), The Borneo Bulletin (Brunei), The Straits Times (Singapore), Vietnam News, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Vientiane Times (Laos).