VLV Spring Conference 2019 and Excellence in Broadcast Awards

Thursday 9th May 2019 10:30 - Thursday 9th May 2019 16:00

VLV will hold its 2019 Spring Conference and annual Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting on Thursday 9th May 2019 at the Geological Society in Piccadilly. 

The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including the coverage of politics on radio and television, the implications of the BBC taking on the cost of providing free TV licences for the over 75’s, the regulation of the internet and the battle for radio to maintain audience reach.

The Annual VLV awards will take place at lunchtime, hosted by the wonderful Jan Ravens of Dead Ringers fame.

You can download the full programme here.

Politics on TV and radio: Guardian columnist, Polly Toynbee, Dorothy Byrne, Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 and Mark Damazer, Head of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and former Controller of BBC Radio 4 and Radio 7, will discuss recent coverage of politics on TV and radio.   

Over 75’s TV licences: Claire Enders, founder of Enders Analysis, Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK, and Richard Ayre, who was a BBC Trustee at the time of the last BBC financial settlement, will join us to discuss the issue of free TV licences for the over 75’s. This session will be chaired by former Chief Executive of BBC Broadcast, Will Wyatt CBE.

Internet regulation: Lord Gilbert, Chairman of the Lords Communications Committee, will be speaking following the Committee’s publication of its important report into internet regulation. Lord Gilbert will be joined by Dr Victoria Baines, Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University, and Professor Richard Tait of Cardiff University. This session will be chaired by Emma Goodman from the LSE Media Policy Project.  

Transforming Radio: Gillian Reynolds MBE, the Sunday Times’ radio critic, will chair a session on the future of ‘traditional’ radio in the face of rising competition from global streaming services with Steve Parkinson, Managing Director for Bauer Media, and Helen Thomas, Head of Content Commissioning Radio 2.



Ticket prices

  • Members and guests with lunch: £50.00
  • Members and guests without lunch: £37.50
  • Corporate: £250.00
  • Educational and not-for-profit organisations: £105.00



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