JAKARTA, Indonesia, HONG KONG and NEW YORK, May 29, 2012 (GLOBE
NEWSWIRE) -- In a move to further expand its local and digital
platforms in Asia, The Wall Street Journal announced today its plans to
launch a dedicated Indonesia news site as well as a mobile news reader
in Bahasa. The anticipated launch is the summer of this year.
The web site and mobile reader will deliver news and analysis from The
Wall Street Journal to readers in Indonesia, one of the world's largest
democracies and fastest-growing economies.
Commenting from Jakarta, Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones
and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, said, "Indonesia's
transformation--economic and democratic--has become a model for the
developing world. The country's global role grows with each passing
day, so the world must be better informed about Indonesia and Indonesia
needs more news and analysis about influential international events.
Our aim is to ensure that Indonesians are well briefed in their own
language by the world's best journalists. For all at The Wall Street
Journal, our expansion in Indonesia is a source of profound pride and
To begin building its digital presence in Indonesia, earlier this month
WSJ.com launched "Indonesia Real Time"
(http://realtime.wsj.com/indonesia/), an online site in Bahasa that
features daily insight and sharp analysis on law, policy, economics and
culture, in addition to select Bahasa translations of WSJ.com articles.
Identical "Real Time" sites focus on China, Korea, Japan and India in
English as well as in their respective local languages.
Online and mobile content for Indonesia will include coverage of
business and finance, in addition to a selection of translated articles
from The Wall Street Journal's global editions. The Bahasa mobile
reader will be designed for the BlackBerry, which has more than 10
million users in Indonesia.
The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires have operated a
combined news bureau in Jakarta, Indonesia since 1976. A locally based
editor, with primary responsibility for the Bahasa news site and
working within the existing news bureau, will be named in due course.
"The Indonesia edition is another clear demonstration of The Wall
Street Journal's commitment to Asia and the breadth and depth of our
coverage in this region," said Almar Latour, editor-in-chief of both
The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires in Asia. "Our focus
will remain on providing readers across multiple geographies, languages
and platforms with the news and analysis they need to make informed
decisions--particularly at a time when their decisions are driven by
In Asia, The Wall Street Journal is available in Chinese and
Japanese-language editions online, which together attract more than
five million monthly unique visitors. The Chinese and Japanese-language
smartphone and tablet apps have been downloaded more than one million
times in total. Most recently, a German-language news site
(http://WSJ.de) with mobile and tablet editions was launched in January
Mr. Thomson is in Jakarta this week following his recent participation
in the Seoul Digital Forum in South Korea, where he delivered a speech
on "New Technology and Journalism" that featured how The Wall Street
Journal has significantly extended its reach through online, mobile and
video platforms worldwide and in Asia.
About The Wall Street Journal
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with more than two million subscribers and is the largest U.S.
newspaper by total paid circulation. The Wall Street Journal franchise
comprises The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal Asia and The
Wall Street Journal Europe. The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com,
the leading provider of business and financial news and analysis on the
Web with more than one million digital subscribers and 36 million
visitors per month worldwide. WSJ.com is the flagship site of The Wall
Street Journal Digital Network, which also includes MarketWatch.com,
Barrons.com, AllThingsD.com and SmartMoney.com. The Journal holds 34
Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism, and, in 2011, was ranked
No. 1 in BtoB's Media Power 50 for the 12th consecutive year.
WSJ.com Asia-Pacific sites
* Asia section: http://asia.WSJ.com
* Chinese Edition: http://cn.WSJ.com
* Japanese Edition: http://jp.WSJ.com
* Hong Kong section: http://WSJ.com/hk
* Southeast Asia
* China Real Time: http://blogs.WSJ.com/chinarealtime
* India Real Time: http://blogs.WSJ.com/indiarealtime
* Japan Real Time: http://blogs.WSJ.com/japanrealtime
* Korea Real Time: http://blogs.WSJ.com/korearealtime
* Southeast Asia Real
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