Westminster Media Forum

The future of UK broadcasting - content production, market dynamics, and priorities for policy and regulation

Morning, Tuesday, 26th November 2019

Central London


This timely conference will discuss the next steps for UK broadcasting - with discussion on content production, market dynamics and the UK’s positioning internationally, and priorities for policy and regulation.

The agenda focuses on the evolving nature of the TV market.

It comes as Ofcom’s recent Media Nations report found a decline in linear broadcasting viewership and an increase in UK streaming subscriptions.

With ITV and the BBC signing an agreement to launch BritBox in the UK in the fourth quarter of this year, delegates will discuss the role of PSB and other services, both live and on demand, and what more can be done to foster competition in the sector and meet consumer demand amid changing viewing habits.

The extent to which UK broadcasters and Britbox can compete with established subscription on demand services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will also be discussed, as well as the impact of new market entrants on consumer choices - and looking ahead to the future shape of market share, and issues of saturation.

With more service providers investing in original programming as they compete for consumer attention, further sessions will provide an opportunity to examine what more can be done to promote the UK as a centre of excellence for production, and as an exporter of content, production and services.

This follows Creative Sector Tax Relief over the last year totaling £1.1bn - introduced by the Government to support jobs and economic growth in the UK’s creative and arts sectors.

With Ofcom’s review of prominence for public service broadcasting recommending a new framework of legislation and regulation to ensure that PSB content remains easy for TV viewers to find and watch on connected services and devices - delegates will assess:

  • What this new framework should look like;
  • Implications for consumer access and choice; and
  • The impact of possible changes to the electronic programme guide (EPG), online and on-demand services, and connected TVs.

With a new government and Secretary of State in place, further sessions examine the role of policy and UK government support in addressing the challenges facing UK broadcasters and content commissioners in attracting and retaining audiences.

Keynote Speakers

Clare Sumner

Director, Policy, BBC

Robert Specterman-Green

Director, Media and Creative Industries, DCMS

Keynote Speakers

Doug Whelpdale

Insights Manager, Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board

Clare Sumner

Director, Policy, BBC

Robert Specterman-Green

Director, Media and Creative Industries, DCMS

David Wheeldon

Group Director, Policy and Public Affairs, Sky


Deidre Brock MP

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary BBC Group

Hannah Bardell MP

Shadow SNP Spokesperson, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


Benjamin King

Director, Public Policy, UK and Ireland, Netflix

John Glencross

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Calculus Capital

Paul Golding

Chairman and Interim Chief Executive, Pinewood Studios Group

Senior speaker confirmed from BT

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofcom

Magnus Brooke

Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV

Sara Geater

Chief Operating Officer, All3Media and Chair, PACT