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[ecrea] VLV's 30th Anniversary Autumn Conference
Thu Nov 21 14:16:08 GMT 2013
VLV’S 30th ANNIVERSARY AUTUMN CONFERENCE
Policy and Programmes: Ensuring Quality and Diversity in British
Wednesday 27 November 2013
The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG
10.15 am - 4. 00 pm
BBC Director-General is keynote speaker
Leading figures from the broadcasting world, including keynote speaker
BBC Director-General Lord Hall of Birkenhead, will be speaking at the
annual autumn conference of the Voice of the Listener & Viewer later
Other speakers include Sir Peter Bazalgette, the Chairman, Arts Council
England, Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the University
of Westminster and the senior broadcasting executives, Lorraine
Heggessey and Steve Morrison. Raymond Snoddy, Torin Douglas and Robin
Lustig are among the influential broadcasting commentators also taking
part in the conference in London on November 27.
Colin Browne, Chairman of VLV, said: “The theme of the conference –
Ensuring Quality and Diversity in British Broadcasting – reflects the
roots and aims of the VLV, which was established 30 years ago. These
are momentous times for British broadcasting with technological advances
forcing the pace of change amid political debate around the role and
governance of the BBC. The conference is an important opportunity to
hear how the views of broadcasting leaders fit with the key objective of
the VLV – that quality and diversity in British broadcasting should be
preserved, cherished and enabled to flourish.”
Lord Hall’s speech to the conference, followed by a Conversation with
Robin Lustig will be an opportunity to hear more about his ambitions
for the BBC, as well as for conference delegates to ask him questions
directly. Last month he said he wanted the BBC to have a much closer
relationship with its audience. The BBC, said Lord Hall, should be
treating its audiences “like owners, not just as licence-fee payers.
People should not be saying ‘the BBC’ but ‘my BBC’, ‘our BBC.’”
Sir Peter Bazalgette, who has spent much of his life in broadcasting
including, famously, as inventor of Big Brother, will speak about
broadcasting’s contribution to the arts in the UK, including the role
public service broadcasting plays in nurturing the arts in the UK and
what more might be done. As well as leading Arts Council England, he is
President of the Royal Television Society and a non-executive director
of ITV plc.
Lorraine Heggessey, Executive Chair, Boom Pictures and Steve Morrison,
Chairman, All3media, will discuss the independents' eye line with former
BBC Media Correspondent Torin Douglas, whilst a panel of journalists and
commentators, including Raymond Snoddy, will continue the debate about
the future of the BBC after Tony Hall's session.
Professor Steven Barnett will look at broadcasting during the 30-year
history of the VLV, which was initially established by writer and
broadcaster Jocelyn Hay to campaign against a threat to turn BBC Radio 4
into an all-news and current affairs network. The campaign was
successful and the VLV is today the leading advocate for listeners,
viewers and citizens of high quality broadcast content, based on public
service values on TV, radio and other media.
To book for the contact Sue Washbrook in the VLV Office 01474 338716;
email: (sue.washbrook /at/ vlv.org.uk) or download a booking form
35 Riverview Grove, Chiswick, London W4 3QL
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