VLV Autumn Conference Programme: Future-Proofing Public Service Broadcasting

Tuesday 27 November 2018

10.30 to 15.30 at the Geological Society, Piccadilly, W1J 0BG

Tim Davie CBE, Chief Executive Officer of BBC Studios and Director, BBC Global, and Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, will speak at the VLV Autumn Conference.

There will be two panel sessions. The first, chaired by Alan Yentob, will explore the impact of the global giants on UK public service broadcasting and will include independent producer Peter Kosminsky. The second will debate who sets the news agenda, chaired by Stewart Purvis CBE, former Editor in Chief and Chief Executive of ITN, with John Ryley, Head of Sky News, Janine Gibson, Editor in Chief at Buzzfeed UK, and Jamie Angus, Editorial Director of BBC World Service Group.

Tim Davie will lead off the conference, in a session chaired by Torin Douglas MBE. He will speak at what is a crucial time for the BBC’s future, when Ofcom has reported it has to do more to attract younger audiences if it is to remain relevant.

The second session of the day will explore whether the rise of subscription services such as Netflix, Amazon and Apple is threatening the future of the UK’s public service broadcasting system. Broadcaster Alan Yentob, presenter of Imagine, former BBC Creative Director and Controller of both BBC One and BBC Two, will chair this session. He will be joined by director, producer and writer Peter Kosminsky.

In the afternoon Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, will provide an update on developments at Channel 4 since he joined the broadcaster in January this year. This follows the recent announcement of Channel 4’s strategy for its regional HQ and hubs.

Finally, Stewart Purvis CBE will chair a panel debate about who sets the news agenda as headlines and rundowns seem to have been dominated by Brexit and events in America for the past two years. He will be joined by John Ryley, Head of Sky News, Janine Gibson, Editor in Chief at Buzzfeed UK and Jamie Angus, Editorial Director of BBC Global News.

“Broadcasting in the UK stands at a crossroads. Nothing is certain. This conference will explore many of the key issues through the eyes of some of the key players and decision makers”, said VLV Chairman Colin Browne.

Further information

For further information please contact Colin Browne 7733 103800 or 01285 740433 or colin@colinbrowne.com

For press tickets to the conference and awards please contact: Sue Washbrook (Tuesday to Thursday during office hours) VLV Office: 01474 338716 or email sue.washbrook@vlv.org.uk

Notes to editors

  1. Future proofing public service broadcasting takes place on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at The Geological Society in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BG from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.
  2. Journalists are welcome to attend the conference. For a media pass, please contact Sue Washbrook on sue.washbrook@vlv.org.uk or call 01474 338716
  3. Conference bookings - To book online for the conference please go to the VLV website  or email Sue Washbrook or call her on 01474 338716
  4. The Voice of the Listener & Viewer welcomes new members. Details on how to join can be found on the VLV website.
  5. The Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) is an independent, non-profit-making membership association, free from political, commercial and sectarian affiliations, working for quality and diversity in British broadcasting content. VLV represents the interests of listeners and viewers as citizens and consumers across the full range of broadcasting issues. VLV is concerned with the structures, regulation, funding and institutions that underpin the British broadcasting system. VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
  6. For over 30 years VLV has played a unique role in keeping a citizen’s eye on major legislative proposals and action taken by regulators and broadcasters, enabling the voice of consumers to be heard, independently from the interests of political parties, industry players and other pressure groups.
  7. VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne. Dame Colette Bowe is its President.

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