VLV Recent Events

 

An evening with Steve Hewlett

Friday 25th November 

VLV co-hosted an evening event with BBC Radio, the Media Society and the London Press Club where broadcaster Steve Hewlett discussed his career at the BBC Radio Theatre.

Steve has had a distinguished career from researcher on Nationwide, to Editor of Panorama and, most recently, as the well-known presenter of The Media Show

VLV's Autumn Conference 2016

VLV’s annual Autumn conference on 23 November focused on what the next ten years might hold for audiences with the Draft Charter ready to be signed by the Queen and Channel 4’s operating model under scrutiny.

Lord Hall of Birkenhead CBE, Director-General of the BBC, was our keynote speaker. You can read Lord Hall’s speech here or listen to clips of it hereherehere and here

The second session of the morning focused on Channel 4 with VLV’s President, Dame Colette Bowe, chairing a session with Dan Brooke, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at C4C, Steve Morrison, the Founder of All3Media and journalist Maggie Brown. You can hear Dan’s speech here. 

Three eminent Peers spoke in our third session of the day:Lord Inglewood, Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, and Lord Stevenson of Balmacara.  

Our final session of the day explored whether new technology poses a threat to traditional public service television. Jonathan Thompson, CEO of Digital UK, Lindsey Clay, CEO ofThinkbox, journalist Bill Thompson and Mathew Horsman, Director of Mediatique took part in the discussion.

You can read a more detailed report on the conference here

VLV's Spring Conference 2016 - Public Service Broadcasting on a precipice?

The Spring Conference tackled the topical issues surrounding the future of PSB with both the Charter Review and future of Channel 4 under discussion. Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport spoke along with Charlotte Moore, newly appointed Controller of BBC TV channels and iPlayer and David Abrahams, Chief Executive of Channel 4.  

Maria Eagle MP's speech can be read here 

Charlotte Moore's speech can be read here 

 

John Whittingdale in conversation with VLV members at Westminster

Secretary of State John Whittingdale met with almost 100 VLV members and industry colleagues at Westminster on 10 February and answered a wide range of questions.  Read more here

 

Scotland, Public Service Broadcasting and the Broadcasting landscape

VLV co-hosted a free event on public service broadcasting in Scotland with RSA Scotland, CCPR and SMCA at Glasgow University on Wednesday 13 January 2016.  There was a good turnout of about a 100 people, which included some VLV members whom it was great to see - on rather a cold, rainy day in Glasgow!

Read the full report here

 

VLV's Autumn Conference 2015 - PSB - Future Uncertain

The Autumn conference saw three key speakers, Rona Fairhead, Chair of the BBC Trust;  Lord Terry Burns, outgoing Chair of Channel 4 and Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3 discuss Public Service Broadcasting.  A synopsis of the conference can be read here   

Rona Fairhead's speech read here