Westminster Media Forum

The UK TV sector in the global market: competition, partnerships and opportunities

Morning, Tuesday, 15th January 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the potential impact of major changes in the global TV market on the UK sector, including producers, channels and PSBs.

We expect discussion on the implications of increased consolidation and the expansion of investment in content and distribution by newer players.

It takes place with the Secretary of State highlighting the opportunities and successes in the UK industry in the face of increasing, highly-funded international competition and in the context of Ofcom’s recently-closed consultation on the future of the prominence regime.

Planned sessions consider what more might be done to address the challenges facing UK broadcasters and content commissioners in attracting and retaining audiences, as well as in developing and supporting their business models.

Delegates will also consider what is required from policy and business practice to secure the positon of the UK as an exporter of content and services, and as a centre for production, as well as assessing opportunities for the TV production sector in the UK afforded by the global increase in content output - focusing on investment in facilities and skills, and the demand for distinctive content.

Keynote Speakers

Ben Dean

Deputy Director - Head of Media Policy, DCMS

Clare Sumner

Director of Policy, BBC

Ali Law

Head of UK Policy, Sky

Kevin Bakhurst

Group Director, Content and Media Policy, Ofcom


Adam Minns

Executive Director, COBA

Lorraine Ruckstuhl

Industry Director, Technology, Media and Telecoms Team, Barclays

Magnus Brooke

Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV

Roger Morris

Managing Director, Elstree Studios

Alex Towers

Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BT