Damian Collins, Chairman of the DCMS Select Commitee, who is currently leading an inquiry into Fake News which has included investigation of data breaches by Facebook, will speak at the VLV Spring Conference on Thursday April 19th.
The Committee's inquiry has been instrumental in highlighting the inadequacy of online regulation which has led to potential breaches in the security of people’s data. Now questions are being asked as to whether the UK's regulatory system for online platforms is out of date. There are also questions being raised as to whether the misuse of data influenced the outcome of the Brexit Referendum.
Mr Collins will speak at 11.30 following the conference's opening session with the Chairman of the BBC, Sir David Clementi. The VLV awards for Excellence will be presented by Jon Snow at 1.15pm and at 2pm Kevin Bakhurst, Content Group Director at Ofcom, will update us now that Ofcom has taken on responsibility for regulating the BBC. The final session of the day will cover the contribution of commercial radio with broadcaster Nick Ferrari, Siobhan Kenny, CEO of Radiocentre, Matt Deegan, Fun Kids Radio and Creative Director at Folder Media and DrTony Stoller, media historian, chaired by Gillian Reynolds, radio critic of The Sunday Times.
DCMS Minister, Margot James MP, was due to speak at the conference but has had to cancel due to other engagements.