Del Canto Chambers has organised strategic meetings in Qatar between top representatives of Dar Al Sharq Group, Qatar’s leading printing and publishing company, and a Spanish delegation of media. Juan Luis Cebrián, Chairman of PRISA Group, the world’s largest media conglomerate in Spanish and Portuguese, was accompanied by Antonio Navalón, Representative of PRISA Group; Roberto Alcántara, stakeholder in PRISA and mexican Reporte Indigo, and León Fernando del Canto, Managing Partner of Del Canto Chambers and barrister.
On the qatari side, Abdullatif Al Mahmoud, CEO at Dar Al Sharq Group; Jaber Al Harami, Deputy CEO for Printing, Publications and Advertising, and Editor-in-Chief at Al Sharq; and Dr. Khalid bin Mubarak Al-Shafi, Editor-in-Chief of The Peninsula hosted the visiting delegation to exchange ideas on the current and future outlook of the local and global media industry.
During these encounters they have discussed possibilities for future cooperation and explored new business and investment opportunities.
PRISA group, founded in 1972, has grown to become one of the largest companies in the world’s media industry. It has stakes in some of the most prominent media organisations in the world such as Le Monde or El País among others.
El País, which translates as ‘The Country’, is the highest-circulation daily newspaper in Spain. Le Monde, which means ‘The World’, is published in Paris and is one of the most important and widely respected newspapers in the world.
In an interview with Qatar-based “The Peninsula”, Cebrián said that print media globally is facing tremendous challenges in the new digital era. Therefore, most print media, especially in advanced countries with high Internet and smartphones penetration, are switching to digital media and transforming this challenge into an opportunity. PRISA’s Chairman unederlined society’s need for professional and credible journalists, as misinformation and disinformation become teh real problem behind Internet’s ‘new media’.