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The future for media policy in the UK

Morning, Wednesday, 6th July 2022

Delegates will discuss key issues for the future of broadcasting policy in the UK in the context of the Broadcasting White Paper: Up next - the Government’s vision for the broadcasting sector.

This is the first in a planned series of conferences on the complex issues raised in the Broadcasting White Paper.

For this opening conference, the agenda is structured to bring out an overview of latest thinking on:

  • the way forward for policy - the future for UK regulation and its scope
  • the developing media landscape - priorities for UK broadcasters - options for support - key issues for plurality and competition in the UK and globally
  • public service broadcasting - role and future - economic models - the future for Channel 4 - the television licence fee - key issues for the BBC Mid-Term Review and the direction of the Corporation
  • reflecting UK society - serving the interests of citizens, consumers and those working in the sector - ‘distinctively British’ content - diversity - regional and national representation
  • on-demand services - key issues - value exchange - market development - options for policy and regulatory frameworks

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Clare Sumner, Director, Policy, BBC; Emily Davidson, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Channel 4; and Patrick Holland, CEO, Banijay UK.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the DCMS; NAO; and Ofcom - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords.

Keynote Speaker

Patrick Holland

CEO, Banijay UK

Keynote Speakers

Emily Davidson

Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Channel 4

Clare Sumner

Director, Policy, BBC

Patrick Holland

CEO, Banijay UK


Lord Inglewood

Chair, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership; Ex Chair of the House of Lords Communications Committee; and Minister for Broadcasting 1995 - 1997


Mitchell Simmons

Vice President for Government Relations, Paramount

Benjamin King

Director of Public Policy, UK and Ireland, Netflix

Professor Jean Seaton

Media History, University of Westminster; and Official Historian, BBC

Laurie Patten

Director of Strategy and Regulation, Arqiva

Victoria Gaskell

Partner, UK Media Team Leader, CMS

Magnus Brooke

Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV

Vijay Umrao

Station Manager & Presenter, EAVA FM, Leicester

Henry Williams

Strategy Consultant, Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates

Colin Browne

Chairman, Voice of the Listener & Viewer