Berlin/London, 1st July 2019
Gear up for Publishers Rights
Leading press expert Andrew Hughes to join VG Media
As part of its growing internationalization VG Media has strengthened its international team by recruiting Andrew Hughes, a prominent press expert. Hughes was a leading figure in the international press licensing business prior to joining VG Media. In his new role at VG Media as Head of International Business Strategy he will seek to strengthen the pan European network needed in view of the challenges posed by quasi-monopolistic digital platforms to ensure press benefit from the new publishers’ rights established by recent EU legislation. He will also foster international licensing for the benefit of all media companies represented in VG Media.
Andrew Hughes: „Journalism is the lifeblood of democracy, and the impact of platforms like Google is effectively undermining the financial basis of the press. The EU has now created an opportunity for publishers to redress the balance through licensing. I am delighted to be joining VG Media to support this vitally important project. I hope the press can come together to create workable and effective licensing mechanisms that benefit all players, and I look forward to helping this happen.“
Markus Runde, Managing Director VG Media: „Building the coalition needed to create a European licensing system for digital platforms, while supporting existing business licensing, will take time, talent and goodwill. We look forward to working with the all relevant parties over the coming months to deliver a more sustainable eco system for quality journalism.“