Forthcoming events

The Westminster Media Forum aims to provide the premier environment for policymakers in Parliament, Whitehall and regulatory agencies to engage with key stakeholders in timely discussion on public policy relating to the media. These include media professionals, representatives of the organisations they work in; their suppliers and advisors; interest groups and the voluntary sector; and academics and commentators, along with members of the reporting press.

In planning its programme of events, the Forum regularly consults Parliamentarians, senior government officials, regulators, industry representatives, charities and action groups, professional bodies and academics, local government and others.

The Westminster Media Forum is completely impartial and has no policy agenda of its own. Whilst we are grateful for the support and advice on themes that we receive from sponsors, all editorial decisions remain with the Forum in order to maintain impartiality.

Should you have any booking queries, please email jayne.cole@westminsterforumprojects.co.uk.

Joanna Geary

Joanna Geary

Jim Waterson

Jim Waterson

The future of news: partnerships, engagement and diversity

Thursday, 9th July 2015
The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Joanna Geary, Head of News & Government Partnerships, Twitter UK; Steve Herrmann, Executive Editor, Digital, BBC News and Jim Waterson, Deputy Editor, Buzzfeed UK

Dr Ros Lynch

Dr Ros Lynch

EU copyright reform and the digital single market - priorities and challenges

Tuesday, 8th September 2015
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Dr Ros Lynch, Director, Copyright and IP Enforcement, Intellectual Property Office; Antony Walker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, techUK and Richard Mollet, Chief Executive Officer, The Publishers Association and Chair, Alliance for Intellectual Property

Stewart Harris

Stewart Harris

Sarah Powell

Sarah Powell

UK sports policy - funding, participation and strategic priorities

Tuesday, 22nd September 2015
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Nick Harkness, Director of Participation and Facilities, Sport Northern Ireland; Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, sportscotland; Sarah Powell, Chief Executive Officer, Sport Wales; Jennie Price, Chief Executive, Sport England and Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive, UK Sport

Nick Capaldi

Nick Capaldi

Laura Dyer

Laura Dyer

Arts and culture in the UK - priorities for funding, partnerships and access

Thursday, 8th October 2015
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Chris Murray, Director, Core Cities Group; Dominic Lake, Deputy Director, Arts, Libraries and Cultural Property, Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive Officer, Arts Council Wales; Dr Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, Greater London Authority; Janet Archer, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland and Laura Dyer, Executive Director, North, Midlands and South West, Arts Council England

John Miln

John Miln

Priorities for the UK fashion and textile industry - growth, international competitiveness and skills

Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: John Miln, Chief Executive Officer, UK Fashion and Textile Association and Lorna Fitzsimons, Managing Director, Lorna Fitzsimons Consulting and Director, The Alliance Project and Textile Growth Fund

James Heath

James Heath

Alex Towers

Alex Towers

The future of the BBC and priorities for Charter renewal

Thursday, 5th November 2015
Central London

Guests of Honour: Hugh Harris, Director of Media, International, Gambling and Creative Economy, Department for Culture, Media and Sport; James Heath, Director of Policy and Charter, BBC; Alex Towers, Director, BBC Trust and a senior speaker from the BBC worldwide

Media for the millennials: youth audience insights, content innovations and strategic priorities

Thursday, 26th November 2015
Central London

Guests of Honour: Joe Harland, Head of Visualisation, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra; Kerry Taylor, Senior Vice President, Youth and Music, Viacom International Media Networks and senior speakers confirmed from Maker Studios

Dinah Caine

Dinah Caine

Andrew Chowns

Andrew Chowns

The UK creative media workforce - priorities for higher education, professional development and public policy

Tuesday, 19th January 2016
Central London

Guests of Honour: Dinah Caine, Chief Executive Officer, Creative Skillset and Andrew Chowns, Chief Executive Officer, Directors UK

TV convergence: market competition, advertising revenue and priorities for regulation

Thursday, 4th February 2016
Central London

Guests of Honour: Guy North, Managing Director, Freeview and Lindsey Clay, Chief Executive, Thinkbox

In Production

The following issues are being considered for future events:

  • Advertising
  • Film
  • Communications regulation

Core Sponsors

The core sponsors of the Westminster Media Forum are Arqiva, BBC, BT, ISBA - the Voice of British Advertisers, KPMG and O2.

The BBC logo is a trade mark of the British Broadcasting Corporation and is used under licence. BBC logo © BBC 1996. KPMG International's Trademarks are the sole property of KPMG International and their use does not imply auditing by or endorsement of KPMG International or any of its member firms.

Parliamentary Patrons of the Forum

The parliamentary patrons of the Westminster Media Forum are: Lord Alli, Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns, Viscount Astor, Lord Avebury, Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron MP, Henry Bellingham MP, Baroness Benjamin, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Lord Birt, Crispin Blunt MP, Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, Rt Hon Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, Lord Bragg, James Brokenshire MP, Chris Bryant MP, Richard Burden MP, Baroness Buscombe, Alun Cairns MP, Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP, Christopher Chope MP, Lord Clement-Jones, Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, Lord Crathorne KCVO, Rt Hon Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, Lord Dubs, Rt Rev the Lord Eames, Louise Ellman MP, Natascha Engel MP, The Earl of Erroll, Lord Evans of Temple Guiting, Nigel Evans MP, Michael Fabricant MP, Paul Farrelly MP, Sir Roger Gale MP, Lord Gordon of Strathblane, Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick, Baroness Henig, Lord Hollick, Baroness Howe of Idlicote, Lord Inglewood, Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Rt Rev Graham James the Lord Bishop of Norwich, Rt Hon Sir Gerald Kaufman MP, Rt Hon the Lord Kilclooney, Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Professor the Lord Lewis of Newnham, Lord Lipsey, Tim Loughton MP, Lord Luke, Rt Hon the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston, Fiona Mactaggart MP, Lord Maxton, Rt Hon the Lord McNally, Baroness Miller of Hendon MBE, Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Baroness O’Cathain, Lord Patel, Lord Puttnam CBE, Baroness Rawlings, Lord Razzall, Professor the Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, Andrew Rosindell MP, Baroness Scott of Needham Market, Andrew Selous MP, Lord Shipley, Rt Hon the Lord Smith of Finsbury, Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, Viscount Tenby, Lord Tope, Andrew Turner MP, Rt Hon the Lord Wakeham, Robert Walter MP, Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP and Baroness Young of Hornsey. Note: parliamentary patrons take no financial interest in the Forum.