Westminster Media Forum

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

December 2019

This conference discusses the next steps for UK broadcasting - looking at content production, market dynamics and the UK’s positioning internationally, and priorities for policy and regulation.

The agenda and keynote speakers

Policy and regulation:

  • Prominence, content, and competition - with Siobhan Walsh, Director, Content Policy, Ofcom.

Keynote contributions:

  • The positioning of UK broadcasters in future TV markets:
    • Investing in local content, and the UK production sector - with Benjamin King, Director, Public Policy, UK and Ireland, Netflix;
    • Discoverability of PSB content for UK viewers - with Clare Sumner, Director, Policy, BBC;
    • Commercial broadcasting - competition, advertising revenue, and developing non-linear offerings - with David Wheeldon, Group Director, Policy and Public Affairs, Sky;
    • Consolidation in global markets and the impact on the UK’s broadcasting sector - with Victoria Gaskell, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang; and
    • Latest on viewing habits, content preferences, and audience demographics - with Doug Whelpdale, Insights Manager, Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board.
  • Driving the development of the UK’s content production sector:
    • International market disruption opportunities - partnerships, competition, and increasing consumer choice - with Siena Pakington, Content Director, BT;
    • Commissioning content and investing in streaming - developing the BritBox service - with Magnus Brooke, Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV;
    • The UK’s TV production sector - with John McVay, Chief Executive, Pact;
    • The facilities sector - and meeting production demand - with Paul Golding, Chairman and acting Chief Executive, Pinewood Group; and
    • Private investment in content production - an update on the Creative Content Fund - with John Glencross, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Calculus Capital.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Media Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates