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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 Caroline Cooper Charles, Chief Executive Officer, Screen Yorkshire; Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, Nations, BBC; and Eliza Easton, Head of Policy Unit, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, NESTA.
The chairs for this seminar are: Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Dame Caroline Dinenage MP.
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 conference is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DCMS; the DIT; the Digital Markets Unit; the GLD; Ofcom; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords and the Scottish Parliament.