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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


The discussion will bring out key perspectives on what is needed to underpin the ongoing viability of public service media (PSM), including funding, accountability, and diversity -  as well as to ensure that the sector is representative of the society it serves and continues to be relevant 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 (PSBs) to compete more effectively with on-demand streaming services, including proposals for increased collaboration.


The discussion also follows the Ofcom Small Screen: Big Debate study of public service broadcasting as well as the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to changing viewing habits among audiences, including a greater appetite for on-demand services.


This 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.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:

  • Professor Catherine Johnson, Professor in Media & Communication, University of Huddersfield; and Special Advisor, DCMS Select Committee Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Broadcasting
  • Clare Sumner, Director, Policy, BBC
  • Seetha Kumar, Chief Executive, ScreenSkills

The conference is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the Cabinet Office; the CMA; the DCMS; DIT; the Home Office; the National Audit Office; and Ofcom.



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

Professor Catherine Johnson

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

Chair

Andy Carter MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Media Group

Speakers

Anjani Patel

Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Pact

Dom Chambers

Chair, Community Media Association; and CEO, Somer Valley Education Trust

Elwen Rowlands

Founder, Little Door Productions

Seetha Kumar

Chief Executive, ScreenSkills

Professor Patrick Barwise

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

Magnus Brooke

Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV

Alistair Law

Director of Policy, Sky

Lynda Rooke

Vice President, Equity

Dòmhnall Caimbeul

Chief Executive, MG ALBA

Dr Maria Michalis

Reader in Communication Policy, Westminster School of Media and Communication, University of Westminster