MINDS International Network Appoints New Chairman and Welcomes Four New Members

By Minds International, PRNE
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

LONDON, April 27, 2011 - MINDS International, the global association of digital news agencies, has
expanded its reach with the addition of four news agencies to its network. At
a recent General Meeting in London, MINDS announced its newest members as
Australian Associated Press (AAP), Danish Ritzaus Bureau, Swedish
Tidningarnas Telegrambyra (TT) and the South Korean Yonhap News Agency.

In addition, MINDS has also announced the appointment of Clive Marshall,
CEO of the UK's Press Association, as its new chairman. The decision was
reached as part of the election of a new board comprising Peter Kropsch (CEO
Austria Press Agency/Austria), Kakuya Ogata (Deputy Managing Director
Kyodo/Japan) and Bernard Maissen (Editor-in-Chief Schweizerische
Depeschenagentur/Switzerland). Paulo Nogueira dos Santos (Technical Director
Lusa/Portugal) has also been elected to the role of Deputy Chairman.

MINDS International was founded by 11 news agencies in 2007, following an
earlier EU-funded project, and has since amassed a membership of 22 leading
news agencies from all over the world. The association helps its members to
access international markets and encourages development and innovation across
mobile, online and digital services. MINDS' members are encouraged to share
their research and development experiences, creating a pool of knowledge for
the benefit of the group.

Wolfgang Nedomansky, Managing Director of MINDS International, commented:
"We are very happy about this important enlargement of our group, which
demonstrates the global significance MINDS has established over the past
three years. Ritzau and TT complete our network in Europe and AAP and
Yonhap's memberships strengthen our position in the Far East and Oceania".

Clive Marshall, new chairman of the MINDS board and CEO of the UK's Press
Association, commented: "I am delighted to have been appointed MINDS
International's new chairman and look forward to working closely with the new
board. I would also like to welcome our four new agency members who make
great additions to our network. Each one holds a prominent position in its
own national media market and their insight into innovative approaches to
services and technology will make a valuable contribution to the success of
the MINDS community".

Notes to editors:

About MINDS International

MINDS International is a global network of leading news agencies
collaborating in the digital development of the media. The MINDS network
gives its members access to valuable know-how and innovative products for
their media clients. MINDS acts as a research and development unit for its
partners by centrally pooling knowledge and coordinating strategic projects
within the network. MINDS cross-links senior managers from all areas of its
member agencies, including CEO's, Editors-in-Chiefs, Commercial Directors and
IT Managers.

Mission Statement: MINDS International is a global network of equal news
agencies sharing ideas and exchanging knowledge to put business concepts
forward in order to raise revenues and save costs in digital markets.

Website www.minds-international.com

A list of all current MINDS member agencies

- Australian Associated Press (Australia)

- Agence France-Presse (France)

- Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (The Netherlands)

- Associated Press (United States)

- Austria Presse Agentur (Austria)

- Belga News Agency (Belgium)

- Czech News Agency (Czech Republic)

- Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Germany)

- EFE (Spain)

- Kyodo News (Japan)

- Lusa (Portugal)

- Magyar Tavirati Iroda (Hungary)

- Norsk Telegrambyra (Norway)

- Polska Agencja Prasowa (Poland)

- Press Association (United Kingdom)

- RIA Novosti (Russia)

- Ritzaus Bureau (Denmark)

- Schweizerische Depeschenagentur (Switzerland)

- Suomen Tietotoimisto (Finland)

- Swedish Tidningarnas Telegrambyra (Sweden)

- TM News (Italy)

- Yonhap News Agency (South Korea)

Contact: Wolfgang Nedomansky, Managing Director, MINDS International, Email nedomansky at minds-international.com, Phone +43-664-3907910

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