VLV 31st Annual Autumn Conference 2014 update

Tuesday 18th November 2014 10:30 - Tuesday 18th November 2014 15:45


Public Service Broadcasting - Reframing the Debate

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Much of the current debate about the future of the BBC, Charter Review and the licence fee and broadcasting more generally seems to us to be dominated by media, political and industry participants, often with vested interests.  The voice of the consumer, of the ‘ordinary’ licence fee payer, is insufficiently heard. 

VLV Chairman Colin Browne writes that while politicians say that formal consideration of a new Charter for the BBC will not start until after the General Election in May 2015, in practice the debate has already begun – not least in the context of the inquiry by the Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport into the future of the BBC. 

"We await its report with interest, but the omens are not particularly promising. We are  concerned that the Select Committee has spent very little time talking to consumers and licence fee payers and that a number of its members, including its Chairman, seem more interested in constraining the BBC than in securing its future."  

Sessions will include the challenges facing the new Chairman of the BBC Trust, Channel 4’s place in the developing broadcasting landscape, the future of radio and an update on some of the key developments in technology which will provide the backdrop for policy-making in the sector.

Confirmed speakers and chairs include Sir Christopher Bland, Will Wyatt, Richard Ayre, Phil Laven, Jonathan Drori, Gwyneth Williams, Torin Douglas, James Heath, Dan Brooke, Patrick McIntosh, Professor Stephen Barnett, Robin Lustig and Raymond Snoddy.

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