Public Service Broadcasting – where next?
Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age
VLV’s 30th Annual Spring Conference
VLV's Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2012
presented by Jon Sopel
Wednesday 24 April 2013
The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG
10.30am – 3.30pm
A reminder that Voice of the Listener & Viewer's (VLV's) 30th Annual Spring Conference - Public Service Broadcasting - where next? Challenges and opportunities in the digital age - takes place on Wednesday 24 April.
The sessions will look at the way forwards as the media landscape becomes more and more multi-layered, merged and converged. VLV Chairman Colin Browne says "the BBC has a new Director-General - Tony Hall, 4G spectrum has been sold and is becoming operational, regulators are looking at the licences for ITV, Channel 4 and Five; the BBC Trust will be looking at BBC Television and BBC News. In this complex new environment, the challenges facing public service broadcasting are as acute and diverse as at any time since the foundation of VLV, which this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary."
We now live in a digital television world - with more choice and a plethora of ways to receive and view programmes. We schedule which programmes we want and when we want to watch them, by recording in different ways. So where next for public service broadcasting? How do we guarantee that the values which VLV has campaigned for, now for over 30 years, are maintained and well regulated?
As new Director-General Lord Hall of Birkenhead takes his place at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House, My advice to Tony comes from a panel of former senior media executives including Sir Paul Fox, Will Wyatt and Clive Jones with journalist and broadcaster Ray Snoddy in the chair. Tony Hall has said he is looking forward to hearing their advice.
Kieran Clifton, the BBC’s Controller of Technology Strategy, with former MEP Carole Tongue and Chris Bryant MP will look at the regulaltory and technological challenges ahead. As an MEP Carole Tongue was very involved in the Television without Frontiers Directive in 1997 at the European Parliament. Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda, is a former Head of European Affairs at the BBC, was Deputy Leader of the House of Commons in 2008 and then Minister for Europe. He is presently the Shadow Minister for Borders and Immigration.
The Perspective from ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 will look at thecommercial public service broadcasters positions at present, and look ahead with Magnus Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV plc and Dan Brooke, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Channel 4 and Martin Stott, Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Channel 5. Professor Steven Barnett will chair.