Our BBC, Our Channel 4: A Future For Public Service Television?

Tuesday 14th June 2016 at 4 pm

Venue: Sheffield Doc Fest, Crucible Theatre

As the BBC Charter Renewal moves into its final stages, with a White Paper due in the early summer and the possible privatisation of Channel 4 currently on the government’s agenda, the future of these public institutions is in doubt. Lord Puttnam, the inquiry chair, called for ITV to strengthen its public service remit, in order to “recapture the scale and ambition of the best of ITV’s historic reputation for flagship current affairs programming.” The event was chaired by the Guardian Media Editor,“recapture the scale and ambition of the best of ITV’s historic reputation for flagship current affairs programming”.The event was chaired by the Guardian’s media editor Jane Martinson and speakers included Ralph Lee, Head of Factual and Deputy Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4, Hugh Harris, Director of Media, International, Gambling & Creative Economy, and Patrick Holland, Head of Documentary, BBC.

News coverage of the event:  

‘Lord Puttnam Calls for ITV to boost current affairs’, by Jake Kanter, Broadcast, 14 June 2016

‘ITV should make more current affairs content, says Puttnam inquiry’ by Jasper Jackson, the Guardian, 14 June 2016


Does Television Represent Us?

Wednesday 4th May 2016 at 7pm

Venue: The Black-E, 1 Great George Street, L1 5EW 

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Film producer and Labour Peer David Puttnam brought his Inquiry into the Future of Television to Liverpool on 4th May. 

Ken Loach, Phil Redmond CBERuth Fox (Chair, Hansard Society) and Cat Lewis (Nine Lives Media and Nations & Regions rep for indie producers’ association Pact) discussed whether TV reflects the lifestyles and opinions of people across the UK or whether it is more of a mouthpiece for the ‘London bubble’. To what extent does TV offer a space to talk politics and how much does it feature a range of voices, perspectives and backgrounds? Come and contribute to the debate and the Inquiry and listen to leading creative voices who want to make TV relevant to people where they live. 

The event was hosted by Liverpool’s Writing on the Wall festival and also featured data from a new study into how TV has contributed to political debate in Liverpool, carried out by researchers at the Hansard Society, the Inquiry’s partners.

Event Transcript 

Liverpool, 4 May 2016

Interview with Ken Loach

A Future for Public Service Television – Inquiry Event for Scotland

Wednesday 13 April 2016

Venue: Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street Edinburgh EH2 2PQ GB

In partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the University of Stirling.

Speakers included:

Angela Haggerty, Editor, Common Space

Iseabail Mactaggart, Director of Development & Partnership, MG Alba

Stuart Cosgrove, journalist, broadcaster and former Head of Programmes (Nations and Regions), Channel 4

Professor Neil Blain, Professor Emeritus of Communications at the University of Stirling

John McCormick FRSE, Chair of the Scottish Screen Leadership Group, and former Controller of BBC Scotland

Chaired by Lord Puttnam

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Event transcript:

Inquiry Event for Scotland

Press coverage:

‘Debate of future of public broadcasting finally engages with Scotland’

The Herald, Sunday 21 February 2016