Why Public Service Media matters more than ever in the age of
Brexit, Trump, Facebook and Twitter
LORD PUTTNAM CBE
The VLV was delighted to have Lord Puttnam CBE deliver the third Jocelyn Hay VLV Lecture 2017 on Tuesday 21 March at the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.
‘Fake news’, attacks on a ‘dishonest’ and ‘biased’ mainstream media, and an increasingly febrile social media are increasing hallmarks of the age we inhabit. In the lecture, Lord Puttnam explored why it is essential that the values that underpin public service broadcasting are maintained and strengthened in the face of these developments, thereby helping to prevent the further erosion of public trust.
The Jocelyn Hay VLV Lecture Series was established to reflect the huge contribution that Jocelyn Hay, our founder, made to public service broadcasting and civic debate over thirty years. The first Jocelyn Hay VLV Lecture was delivered by Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of NCVO on Broadcasting for a better society? Civil society and the media in 2012 and the second lecture was delivered by Professor Jean Seaton in 2015 on Pinkoes and Traitors - the BBC from 1974 - 1987.
Lord Puttnam chaired the Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Television, part of the BBC Charter Review debate in conjunction with Goldsmiths College, University of London. The Future for Public Service Television report said the licence fee should be abolished “as soon as is practically possible” and replaced with a more progressive funding mechanism via council tax or general taxation. It also called on broadcasters to do much more to reflect the diversity of the UK.
Lord Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle. He was Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 Television (2006 - 2012) and The Sage Gateshead (2007 - 2012), founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and Chair of both the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television and the National Film and Television School for ten years.