Morning, Tuesday, 18th January 2022
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will discuss the priorities for policy and industry-led initiatives to support and grow regional media in the UK and boost creative industries, what can be learned from successes and best practice, and key issues that remain.
Areas for discussion include next steps for regional production hubs, the future of news and other content that draws on and reflects the nations of the UK and regions within them, the role of public service media, inclusivity in commissioning, and skills development.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Claire Bradshaw, Deputy Director, Media Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; and Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, Nations, BBC - as well as Sally Joynson, Chief Executive Officer, Screen Yorkshire.
Taking place against the backdrop of the Government’s ambitions and policy initiatives aimed at reducing regional inequalities, the conference takes place alongside:
- 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
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from Ofcom. Also due to attend are representatives from Cardiff University; Comux UK; and Enders Analysis.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, together with TV studios, production, post-production and distribution companies, other media businesses, their suppliers and their advisors, OTT content services and digital streaming services, associations and industry trade bodies, television and online advertising organisations, digital and social media platforms, talent agencies, investment companies, organisations and individuals representing the views of audiences and consumers, regulators, consultancies, academics and commentators, together with 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