Westminster Media Forum Events
The future of news: partnerships, engagement and diversity
9 July 2015
Guests of Honour: Joanna Geary, Head of UK News Partnerships, Twitter and Jim Waterson, Deputy Editor,
Attendees at this seminar will consider the UK news and current affairs landscape including latest developments in news consumption, technology, and service and business models ‐ with particular focus on social media, content discovery and audience data. Delegates will also consider priorities for industry, regulators and Government for ensuring plurality, diversity and professional standards. The conference takes place in the context of Ofcom’s first baseline assessment of media plurality in the UK following the Government’s consultation, the formation of the
Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) and the House of Lords Communication Committee’s recently published recommendations from its inquiry into women in news and current affairs broadcasting.
EU copyright reform and the digital single market ‐ priorities and challenges
8 September 2015
Guests of Honour: Dr Ros Lynch, Director, Copyright and IP Enforcement, Intellectual Property Office;
Antony Walker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, techUK and Richard Mollet, Chief Executive Officer,
The Publishers Association and Chair, Alliance for Intellectual Property
Following the publication of the key areas of action for the European Commission as part of their Digital Single
Market Strategy, this seminar will be a timely opportunity to assess the way forward for modernising the European copyright framework ‐ including challenges and policy options. With legislative proposals for copyright reform expected before the end of the year, delegates will examine the priority areas for action to encourage the flow of content across borders, support the creation of new distribution channels, and ensure the long‐term growth of the
European creative economy, as well as consider the effectiveness of the proposed strategy in balancing consumers’ interests and creator reward. Delegates will also consider the next steps for an effective and harmonised approach to copyright enforcement across member states, the changing role of foreign digital intermediaries in the debate, and the impact of changes to EU‐level copyright legislation on their operations.
UK sports policy ‐ funding, participation and strategic priorities
22 September 2015
Guests of Honour: Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, Sportscotland; Nick Harkness, Director of Participation and
Facilities, Sport Northern Ireland; Sarah Powell, Chief Executive Officer, Sport Wales; Jennie Price, Chief Executive,
Sport England and Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive, UK Sport
Bringing together policymakers with key stakeholders in the sports sector, health, education and Local
Government, this seminar will examine the policy and strategic priorities for supporting the development of grassroots and high performance sport in the UK. The planned agenda includes discussion on the value of grassroots sport for social inclusion, health and education ‐ as well how to address barriers to participation, next steps for ensuring effective provision of sports facilities to meet increasing demand, opportunities for cross‐sector partnerships and the impact of changes to the sports curriculum one year on. Delegates will also consider the future funding and development of high performance sport in the UK ‐ including issues surrounding participation, diversity and equality ‐ and priorities for the new Government, in light of UK Sport’s confirmed plans to largely retain its ‘no compromise’ focus on supporting potential Olympic and Paralympic medallists after Rio 2016.
Arts and culture in the UK ‐ priorities for funding, partnerships and access
8 October 2015
Guests of Honour: Chris Murray, Director, Core Cities Group; Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive Officer,
Arts Council Wales and Dr Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, Greater London Authority
This seminar will offer a timely opportunity to discuss priorities for supporting the arts and cultural sectors across the UK. Delegates will examine the roles of central, devolved and local governments, national development agencies, funding bodies and the private sector including media organisations. In the context of the cultural, social and economic value of the arts and culture to the UK, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on the way forward for public sector funding, as well as prospects for strengthening private revenue streams through cross‐sector partnerships, corporate sponsorship, digital innovation and philanthropy. Sessions will also consider best practice examples and strategies for widening and diversifying audiences in light of the Warwick Commission’s final report highlighting inequalities in access to the arts.
The UK fashion and textile industry ‐ priorities for domestic manufacturing, export and skills
22 October 2015
Guests of Honour: John Miln, Chief Executive Officer, UK Fashion and Textile Association and Lorna Fitzsimons,
Managing Director, Lorna Fitzsimons Consulting and Director, The Alliance Project and Textile Growth Fund
In the context of the success of ‘brand Britain’, and against a background of growing changes in the global textiles market and sustainability concerns, delegates at this seminar will consider the current landscape for textile and clothing manufacturing in the UK ‐ as well as next steps for protecting and stimulating prosperous fashion districts. It will bring together senior Parliamentarians and officials with key stakeholders across the UK fashion industry to examine the next steps for supporting further growth in the sector. Delegates will also assess latest thinking on strategies for exporting and raising the profile of UK fashion internationally, for seizing opportunities in new markets, and for responding to challenges including emerging rival design hubs and alternative fashion weeks, domestic public funding pressures, and latest concerns on IP protection and enforcement. Further planned sessions will discuss priorities for the engagement and recruitment of diverse young people into the UK fashion industry and ensuring that the next generation of talent have the relevant technical and entrepreneurial skills required to compete in the global fashion market.
The future of the BBC and priorities for Charter renewal
5 November 2015
Guests of Honour: James Heath, Director of Policy and Charter, BBC; Alex Towers, Director, BBC Trust and a senior speaker from the BBC worldwide
With the BBC’s Royal Charter to be re‐negotiated with Government before the end of 2016, this timely seminar will offer delegates an opportunity to discuss the corporation’s public service role and position within the UK television sector, its management and governance structures, and how it is funded. It will bring together policymakers and regulators with key stakeholders from across the media sector ‐ including content producers, distributors and broadcasters; investors, analysts and advisors; and audience groups, academics and commentators.
Media for the millennials: youth audience insights, content innovations and strategic priorities
26 November 2015
Guest of Honour: Joe Harland, Head of Visualisation, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra; Kerry Taylor, Senior Vice President,
Youth and Music, Viacom International Media Networks and senior speaker confirmed from Maker Studios
Delegates at this seminar will analyse latest trends in how millennials are consuming content, their growing power as a consumer force, and consider the challenges for broadcasters, publishers and advertisers in developing and positioning cross‐platform content which is in line with their needs and preferences. Bringing together content creators, broadcasters, publishers, marketing professionals, online platforms and consumer groups, it will provide a timely opportunity to examine the emerging commercial and service opportunities for engaging the “millennial” generation. Delegates will also examine how young people are becoming creators and distributors of content through social media channels ‐ as well as best practice and emerging opportunities for media owners and brands to derive value from these trends, as well as the implications of millennial attitudes towards payment for content, copyright and privacy online.
The creative media workforce ‐ priorities for higher education, professional development and public policy
19 January 2016
Guests of Honour: Dinah Caine, CEO, Creative Skillset and Andrew Chowns, CEO, Directors UK
This seminar will assess next steps for industry and Government to support, develop and retain the next generation of creative talent across the UK ‐ and ensure the sector’s global competitiveness. Planned sessions focus on key issues and policy priorities ‐ with particular reference to the UK’s nations and regions ‐ including improving diversity, supporting the freelance workforce and cross‐sector partnerships.