Westminster Media Forum

We are continuing to organise full-scale virtual conferences which retain all the features of physical seminars, including full programmes, presentations with slides, panel discussions and live delegate questions and comments sessions, person-to-person and group networking, and a permanent record provided to all delegates afterwards. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are.
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The future for UK public service media - relevance, representation, resources, reach, viability, and priorities for policy and regulation

Morning, Thursday, 9th December 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will bring out key perspectives on what is needed to underpin the ongoing viability of public service media, including funding, accountability, diversity, and ensuring that the PSM sector is representative of the society it serves, and of continued relevance in the digital age.

This conference is taking place in the context of the DCMS Committee report - The Future of Public Service Broadcasting - which made a range of recommendations aimed at enabling public service broadcasters   to compete more effectively with on-demand streaming services, including proposals for increased collaboration among PSBs.

It also takes place in the context of the Ofcom Small Screen: Big Debate study of public service broadcasting and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to changing viewing habits among audiences, including a greater appetite for on-demand services.

It will be an opportunity for key stakeholders and policymakers to consider the impact of these developments on PSBs, as well as possible next steps to upgrade the future prominence of public service media in the UK.


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Competition and Markets Authority; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; the National Audit Office; and Ofcom. Also due to attend are representatives from the Arqiva; BBC; Cardiff University; Comux UK; Digital UK; Google; Herbert Smith Freehills; ITV; Lexington; Manx Radio; SaveTheBBC; University of Nottingham; University of Westminster; and Voice of the Listener & Viewer.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Broadcast Magazine; and Press Gazette.

For this conference, as is typical of our meetings, we expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior governmental and regulatory officials in this area of public policy, media and telecoms organisations in the UK and abroad along with their production and other suppliers and partners, local and regional government bodies, workforce representatives, consumer and wider third sector organisations and advocates, technology and other service providers, analysts and researchers in academia and the private sector, education groups, financial, investment and legal specialists, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Clare Sumner

Director, Policy, BBC

Professor Catherine Johnson

Professor in Media & Communication, University of Huddersfield; and Special Advisor, DCMS Select Committee Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Broadcasting

Keynote Speakers

Clare Sumner

Director, Policy, BBC

Vikki Cook

Director, Diversity in UK Broadcasting, Ofcom

Professor Catherine Johnson

Professor in Media & Communication, University of Huddersfield; and Special Advisor, DCMS Select Committee Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Broadcasting


Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick

Andy Carter MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Media Group


Helen Jay

Head of Policy and Corporate Affairs, Channel 4

Mitchell Simmons

VP, Government Relations, ViacomCBS

Seetha Kumar

Chief Executive, ScreenSkills

David Smith

Director of Screen, Creative Scotland

Professor Patrick Barwise

Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing, London Business School; co-author of The War Against the BBC

Magnus Brooke

Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV

Alistair Law

Director of Policy, UK and Ireland, Sky