Public Service Content (Broadcasting and Beyond) – Online, On Demand, on TV
8.30 – 13.00, Tuesday, 8th December 2015
“Public service content is more important in the era of unlimited choice”
With a keynote presentation from:
Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Ofcom
and further presentations from:
Professor Steven Barnett, University of Westminster; Magnus Brooke, ITV; Peter Fison, South West London TV; Chris Haydon, Community TV Trust; James Heath, BBC; Paul Herbert, Goodman Derrick; Margo Horsley, Public Service Broadcasting Trust; Adam Minns, Commercial Broadcasters Organisation; John McVay, Pact andPhil Critchlow, Radio Independents Group.
With Channel 4 up for sale (maybe), the BBC gearing up for Charter Renewal (and nearly 80,000 people responding to the Government’s Green Paper on the Corporation’s Future) and ITV and Channel 5 (one year into their new licenses) continuing to consider whether PSB status is in their financial best interest, this seminar will offer delegates an opportunity to look at the public service landscape but go beyond broadcasting and consider, (1) what it means (2) how it should be funded and (3) its relevance in the 21st Century.
The conference will explore beyond the BBC, consider the emerging role of commercial broadcasters such as Sky, Discovery and A+E Networks and whether, as some analysts believe, the future players in the PSC market will be the likes of Google, Facebook and Netflix (and the implications thereof for investment, ‘broadcast’ and access).
Delegates will also examine, in the context of the BBC being accused of going beyond its remit, what PSC is the in the modern context, the emerging funding options – including how to finance online productions – and what is needed to encourage the production of high quality and diverse content in fragmented market.
- Public service content – Is the Reithian definition relevant in multicultural, multichannel, multiplatform Britain, what does PSC mean in the 21st Century?;
- Funding – emerging options to fund local news, children’s programming and other content without a clear financial payoff, beyond the BBC and the role of commercial operators; and
- Digital PSC – In the context of the Ofcom’s ‘Public Service Broadcasting in the Internet Age‘, the long mooted concept of the Public Service Publisher and the exceptional work of Channel 4 on creating high quality webspace how is PSC set to evolve? – Could preferential EPG placement be replaced by preferential Google rankings?
Information and an up to date agenda can be found online here.
Places have already been reserved for representatives from BBC, Fremantlemedia,RTÉ; S4C; Channel 4; Public Service Broadcasting Trust; Analysys Mason;University of Westminster; Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom; UTV; MG ALBA; Virgin Media; Channel 5; Compact and Liberum Capital.
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