The upcoming snap election, public trust in broadcasting, the World Service and BBC regulation were the issues which dominated the VLV conference on April 26th.
Damian Collins MP, Chairman of the Commons Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport opened the day covering a range of broadcasting issues which included the future of Channel 4 and the distinctiveness of the BBC. You can read his speech here.
The second session of the morning focused on Alternative Facts and Public Trust in Broadcasting. Journalist and author Matthew d’Ancona was joined by Jane Martinson, Head of Media at The Guardian, Stewart Purvis, former Chief Executive of ITN to discuss the impact fake news is having on audiences. You can read a transcript of the session here. In the afternoon Fran Unsworth, Director, BBC World Service Group and Deputy Director of News and Current Affairs, highlighted the important role the World Service continues to offer, including the development of 12 new language services announced late last year. Fran's speech is available here.
The day ended with a panel session in which new arrangements for the regulation of the BBC were discussed: Tony Close, Director of Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcementat Ofcom was joined by former BBC Trustee Richard Ayre and Professor Steven Barnett. You can read a transcript of the sesson here.
A brief report on the conference is available here.