VLV Jocelyn Hay Lecture: Baroness Kidron

VLV is delighted that Baroness Beeban Kidron, one of the country’s most renowned film directors, Cross-Bench Peer and founder of the 5Rights Foundation, has agreed to deliver the next Jocelyn Hay Lecture at 6.30pm on Thursday February 1st 2024.

Baroness Kidron has a particular interest digital issues. For the past five years she has been one of those most instrumental in ensuring better protection for children through the Online Safety Bill. While VLV’s work is primarily focused on broadcasting, the convergence of broadcast and online platforms means the distinction between the two is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

It will be fascinating to hear Baroness Kidron’s views on the public service media ecosystem as this convergence progresses in the coming years. She is a passionate advocate of the transformational potential of moving image in peoples’ lives, public service media ecosystem that could simultaneously facilitate democratic participation and learning, while preventing our children and ourselves from sleepwalking into what could be a misinformation crisis.

She is a member of the Global Council on Extended Intelligence; the Advisory Council for the University of Oxford’s Institute of Ethics in AI; Founding Executive Board member of the Data Protection Foundation; and member of the Executive Steering Group for the Born in Bradford Digital Makers Programme and Chairs the 5Rights Foundation’s Digital Futures Commission.

VLV established the Jocelyn Hay lecture series in 2012 in memory of VLV’s founder, Jocelyn Hay, to provide an opportunity for eminent speakers to consider the importance of high quality, trustworthy broadcasting for citizens in the UK. Previous speakers include Lord David Puttnam, Sir Peter Bazalgette, Professor Jean Seaton and Dame Mary Beard.

Booking information for this event will be available in due course on the VLV website.