Peter Vandermeersch

Peter Vandermeersch

Independent News & Media, Publisher

After studying medieval history at the University of Ghent, Peter Vandermeersch joined the Brussels broadsheet De Standaard where he worked at the cultural and the foreign desks.  In 1991 he moved to Paris as the French correspondent for the paper and in 1997 he changed Paris for New York. Two years later, he was appointed editor-in-chief of De Standaard.  After editing that paper for eleven years, he moved in 2010 from Brussels to Amsterdam and became editor-in-chief of the NRC Handelsblad. 

He was the driving force behind structural changes in both the Belgian and Dutch newspapers. As an editor-in-chief he was awarded the title ‘marketer of the year’ in Belgium in 2007

When Mediahuis acquired the ‘Independent News and Media’ group in 2019, Vandermeersch was appointed as publisher of the titles of the biggest newspaper group in Ireland

He is a regular contributor to current affairs programmes on Belgian and Dutch radio and television. He is the author of a biography on the French president Francois Mitterrand and a book on the Dutch social and cultural habits. He was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Harvard and a Sulzberger Fellow at the University of Columbia.


At DMX Dublin, Peter will speak about...

‘Good journalism is bad business’. Or not?


Peter Vandermeersch who is publisher of INM will tell us why the Dutch-Belgian group Mediahuis decided to acquire INM the biggest newspaper group in Ireland. Why is Mediahuis investing in a business which appears to be dying? What is the strategy of Mediahuis? What is good journalism in 2020?  And why is Peter Vandermeersch so fond of croissants?


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