Westminster Media Forum

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Next steps for regional media and creative industries

Morning, Tuesday, 18th January 2022

This conference will discuss priorities for government policy and industry-led initiatives to support and grow regional media and creative industries in the UK.

Overall, the agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:

  • next steps for regional production hubs and creative clusters
  • the future of news and other content that draws on and reflects the nations of the UK and the regions within them
  • the role of public service media
  • priorities for inclusivity in commissioning and providing opportunities for skills development

It will look at what can be learned from previous successes and best practice, priorities for future funding and government support, and key issues that remain in supporting regional media growth.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, Nations, BBC; and Sally Joynson, Chief Executive Officer, Screen Yorkshire.

The discussion takes place against the backdrop of the Government’s ambitions and policy initiatives aimed at reducing regional inequalities, such as the planned Levelling Up White Paper.

Delegates will discuss priorities in the context of:

  • the ongoing consultation on the future of Channel 4 ownership
  • Ofcom’s recommendations following the Small Screen: Big Debate consultation
  • the drive for key industry players to support and invest in media and the creative industries beyond London

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the Digital Markets Unit; Ofcom; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the Scottish Parliament.

Keynote Speaker

Rhodri Talfan Davies

Director, Nations, BBC

Keynote Speakers

Rhodri Talfan Davies

Director, Nations, BBC

Sally Joynson

Chief Executive Officer, Screen Yorkshire


Dr Lisa Cameron MP

Caroline Dinenage MP


Lisa Holdsworth

Chair, Writers' Guild of Great Britain

Stephen Stenning

Head, Arts and Society, British Council

Sarah Joyce

Head, Unscripted and Children’s TV, ScreenSkills

Adam Minns

Executive Director, COBA

Professor Stuart Allan

Professor of Journalism and Communication, Cardiff University, School of Journalism

Helen Keefe

Head of Policy & Regulation, Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates

David Higgerson

Chief Audience Officer, Reach

Richard Williams

CEO, Northern Ireland Screen

Phil McKenzie

Chief Operating Officer and Owner, Goldfinch

Linda Grimes

Head of News and Current Affairs, STV