Enex has held its annual General Assembly in Abu Dhabi November 15-17 with digital media integration as its key theme. Geert Deawale, Head of News City Creative, DPG Media, presented their project to build a coordinated media business across all platforms which serves the Flemish speaking audience in Belgium. DPG’s Headquarters, based in Antwerp, incorporates tradtional print and magazines combined with broadcast, digital streaming, radio, podcasting, sports and business outputs. Journalists retain core skills but also contribute freely and efficiently to other outlets.Read more
ENEX is an association of the world’s leading commercial TV broadcasters with a collaborative approach: members share content and resources to provide each other with trusted and verified news. This is particularly useful during breaking news situations, such as the ongoing war in Ukraine. On Thursday 9 June and Friday 10 June, ENEX members travelled to RTL Deutschland’s main location in Cologne, Germany, to meet each other face-to-face and exchange on key topics.
“The core of ENEX is networking and collaboration”
The Editorial Committee Meeting was opened by Sonja Schwetje, Editor-in-Chief at NTV and RTL News and Chair of the Board of Enex. Sonja welcomed the attendees to RTL Deutschland and praised all members for remaining close to their audiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. She also mentioned the ongoing war in Ukraine, in which Enex and its members are doing their best to fight disinformation, uphold independent journalism and maintain media coverage in Ukraine.
“Video material is the lifeblood of Enex”
The meeting continued with a welcome and editorial update from Mark Evans, Head of News at ENEX. Mark covered the latest trends and developments since the last editorial meeting in Belgrade, which took place over two years ago.
Thanks to Donald Trump, 2019 was a highlight year for ENEX in terms of editorial content, with the upward trend of “hits over time” (when a partner uses content) continuing into 2021. Clear peaks could be seen for the Covid-19 pandemic, with a total of 2,300 stories published in April 2020, followed by further peaks for the US election and Russian invasion. The most popular videos between March 2020 and May 2022 were from hospitals in Bergamo at the beginning of the pandemic, provided by Sky UK, followed by footage of a baby being rescued in Beirut, also provided by Sky UK, and a massive explosion in Beirut, sourced by ENEX.
ENEX provides its members with two types of content: content from other partners, and content which is sourced directly by ENEX news editors. Using the Russian invasion as an example, Mark showed a moving video with footage from Ukraine – showing stories which would have otherwise remained untold. After sourcing and seeking permission to share the video, ENEX verifies the information to check it is true and accurate. The content is then published for all Enex members to use on their news channels.Read more
ENEX’s agency partner, A24 is expanding its footprint of coverage even further. Since February 2022 A24 has opened an office in Peru marking the agency’s foray into Latin America.
A24 is also looking to expand further in Latin America taking in coverage from Colombia, Venezuela and Paraguay. Last year A24 announced its expansion into Asia and in the future operations are planned in Europe, starting with Ukraine, Moldova and the Baltic States.
Enex is sad to report the death of Michael Bach who was Enex’s Deputy Managing Director from 1994 until his retirement in 2013. He was 68. Michael joined Enex at its creation working alongside its founder Nic Jakob.
A native German from Glatten the Black Forest region, Michael still lived in Luxembourg with his wife Geli enjoying frequent trips abroad to escape the winters. Prior to joining Enex, Michael was the Head of News for RTL Germany’s Breakfast programming which started broadcasting from Luxembourg before being relocated to Berlin.
All his colleagues and friends remember his positive and generous spirit. Post retirement Michael returned to work at Enex on several occasions including during the terrorist attacks on the Bataclan venue in Paris. His experience was much appreciated and admired by all those who worked with him.
ENEX has decided to suspend the membership of NTV Russia from its Executive Committee in the light of events in Ukraine. ENEX continues to work closely with its partner station 1+1 Ukraine in their efforts to continue broadcasting.
ENEX is redistributing a special joint television feed of Ukrainian news content via satellite and LiveU. ENEX applauds the efforts of its members to cover the conflict and provide valuable information to their audiences all over the world.
Willemstad, Curacao was the exotic location for Enex’s first physical conference in two years. The news agency has strong news partnerships across Latin America and the Caribbean islands including the local host, TeleCuracao. 50 representatives from Enex’s membership attended the meeting which featured special sessions on reporting the environment, the rise of opinion news, and a debate about cancel culture.
Four new Enex partners, who have joined over the last 18 months, gave introductory presentations including TVC News, Nigeria, TeleOnce, Puerto Rico, Bandeirantes, Brazil, and Real TV, Azerbaijan. Enex now has 54 members worldwide.
A high-level delegation from WAM, the national news agency of the UAE, also attended to sign a Latin American cooperation deal and highlight EXPO 2020, Dubai which runs until March 2022.
ENEX welcomes REAL TV, Azerbaijan to our partnership! REAL has been on the air since 2018 and steadily growing its audiences since then. It’s great to grow our alliance into new territories!
ENEX is growing even bigger! We have two new partners, both leaders in their territories.
TVBS joins us from Taiwan and TVC News from Nigeria. Here are some interesting facts: Taiwan has been one of the most successful nations in the world tackling Coronavirus.
Nigeria’s population is more than 200 million – the 7th most populous nation in the world. Look out for Taiwanese content and Nigerian stories already appearing on our platform.
CCTV+ and ENEX have signed a new agreement to cooperate closely on video production projects to highlight business and finance news in China. Travel restrictions, because of Covid, has made reporting in China impossible for many channels who do not have a bureau in Beijing or Shanghai.
ENEX will now work with CCTV+ producers to supply economic news to ENEX partners as economies strive to emerge from the shock of the global pandemic. Read more
ENEX and RTL Germany have participated in China Media Group’s 2020 European Media Partners Cooperation Online Forum.
In a panel discussion, we’ll discuss how to strengthen video cooperation and information exchange about the pandemic and vaccine deployment.
ENEX is always keen on cooperation and great to work with our colleagues at CCTV+ on this exciting event which airs on December 10th.