Westminster Media Forum

Revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive - funding and prominence, consumer protection, and the UK’s position post-Brexit

Morning, Tuesday, 21st January 2020

Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference focuses on the implementation of the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) and how it affects the UK following its departure from the EU.


Areas for discussion include:

  • The likely impact on stakeholders;
  • Provisions for protecting children and other consumers of audiovisual media; and
  • The UK’s regulatory position post-Brexit.

Speakers and chairs

There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Lubos Kuklis, Board Member, European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services;
  • Kathleen Stewart, Head of International Broadcast Policy, DCMS;
  • Tony Close, Director, Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcement, Ofcom;
  • Celene Craig, Deputy Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Further keynote speakers are: Daniel Dyball, Executive Director, UK, Internet Association; David Henderson, Senior Public Affairs Manager, Advertising Association; Helen Keefe, Head of International Policy, BBC; and Professor Lorna Woods, Professor, School of Law, University of Essex.


Also taking part are: Dr Sally Broughton-Micova, European Experts Network for Culture and Audiovisual; Paul Herbert, Goodman Derrick; and Adam Minns, COBA.


The chairs are: Lord Black of Brentwood, Deputy Chairman, Telegraph Media Group and Baroness McIntosh of Pickering.


The agenda

  • The AVMSD: key objectives of the revision and next steps for implementation;
  • Where next for audiovisual media policy in the UK;
  • The revised AVMS in practice - experience in Ireland of implementing the Directive;
  • The way forward for the regulation of video-sharing online - proportionality, effectiveness, and enforcement;
  • Assessing the potential impact of the Directive:
    • European works and the UK - production, access, funding, and prominence;
    • The new obligations to protect consumers from harmful content;
    • Balancing innovation with reducing online harms; and
    • Commercial communications and the protection of minors.
  • The UK’s regulatory position post-Brexit - the degree of alignment between domestic regulation and the Directive, and the implications of divergence.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Media Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: DCMS; Ofcom; DIT; Cabinet Office; Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation; Government Equality Office and The Scottish Government.



Keynote Speakers

Lubos Kuklis

Chief Executive, Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission, Slovakia and Board Member, European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services

Tony Close

Director, Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcement, Ofcom and Member, Executive Board, UK Council for Internet Safety

Keynote Speakers

Professor Lorna Woods

Professor, School of Law, University of Essex

Celene Craig

Deputy Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Daniel Dyball

Executive Director, UK, Internet Association

Helen Keefe

Head of International Policy, BBC and Member, Legal and Policy Committee, EBU

David Henderson

Senior Public Affairs Manager, Advertising Association

Tony Close

Director, Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcement, Ofcom and Member, Executive Board, UK Council for Internet Safety

Kathleen Stewart

Head of International Broadcast Policy, DCMS

Lubos Kuklis

Chief Executive, Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission, Slovakia and Board Member, European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services

Chairs

Lord Black of Brentwood

Deputy Chairman, Telegraph Media Group

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

Speakers

Adam Minns

Executive Director, COBA

Dr Sally Broughton-Micova

Lecturer in Communications Policy and Politics, University of East Anglia; Research Fellow, Centre on Regulation in Europe and Member, European Experts Network for Culture and Audiovisual

Paul Herbert

Partner, Goodman Derrick