Public Service Broadcasting on a Precipice?

Tuesday 19th April 2016 10:30 - Tuesday 19th April 2016 16:00


The VLV Spring Conference - Public Service Broadcasting on a Precipice- could not have been more important or timely at the stage of the Charter Review process.   It was unlikely that the White Paper would be out - but it  was a chance for VLV members and colleagues in the industry to air concerns about the headline issues. 

Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport  spoke in the afternoon of the conference. Only appointed in role in January, she has pledged to take the Government to task on its attack on the BBC.  She has some previous media experience as a past member of the public accounts committee and sat on the Tobacoo Advertising and Promotion Bill committee in 2001. Maria is MP for Garston and Halewood.  


David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4, also spoke about Channel 4 as its future was under scrutiny by the government.   

David became Channel 4's sixth Chief Executive in May 2010. Previously he was Chief Executive of UKTV, where he led the re-launch of the G2 channel as Dave.



Charlotte Moore, newly appointed Controller, TV Channels and iPlayer as part of a reorganisation that will offer a simplified and more co-ordinated strategy across BBC Television's channel portfolio, opened the conference. Charlotte is now the creative, editorial and strategic lead for BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC iPlayer, ensuring the channels work in a complementary way while enhancing their distinctive positioning.

The conference concluded with an expert panel of industry and political figures, who picked up the main themes of the day and commented on the latest developments in this fast moving story.  The panel,  chaired by Raymond Snoddy,  included Lord Inglewood, a Patron of VLV, and journalist, broadcaster and media consultant Philip Harding, former Director of News, BBC World Service.

Session chairmen was Torin Douglas, Raymond Snoddy and Robin Lustig.

VLV's Awards for Excellence on Broadcasting 2015 were presented at lunchtime.  Nominations for the 2015 Awards can be seen here.  

VLV's Spring Conference was  held at the Geological Society in London on Tuesday 19 April 2016 from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.

The conference will be followed by a VLV Members' Forum.



Click here to book your place for the conference.

Tickets:  (including refreshments)

Corporate     £250.00
Educational and not-for-profit organisations      £105.00
Members/guests       £50.00 – with lunch
Members/guests       £37.50 – no lunch 

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