Funding African Media in an Age of Uncertain Business Models will be the main theme of the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) when it meets in YaoundÃ©, Cameroon in November.
The Forum is the flagship programme of the African Media Initiative (AMI) and is the only annual gathering of African media owners and operators from around the continent.
â€œThe main objective of the Forum is to facilitate the emergence of an African media sector that is professional, financially sustainable, technologically adaptable and socially responsible,â€ according to Amadou Mahtar Ba, AMI CEO.
The Forum, which will take place on the 18th and 19th November, is being hosted by the Spectrum Media Group, one of the largest broadcasters on the continent, which operates out of West and Central Africa. Over 250 participants including CEOs, managing directors, publishers and media leaders from Africa and beyond are expected to attend. The organizers have reported an over five_fold increase in number of participants attending when compared to the first AMLF which was held in Dakar, Senegal in 2008
This yearâ€™s Forum will be organized around both plenary sessions and working groups that will run simultaneously. The topics will be Financing; Technology and New Business Models; and Ethics, Leadership and Social Responsibility.