Interview with our Chair, David Puttnam about the Future of Public Service Broadcasting:

PRESS RELEASE: Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, in conversation with Lord Puttnam

As Charter Renewal moves into its final stages with a white paper due in the spring, this is a unique opportunity to hear the Director General’s views about the BBC’s role in the broadcast landscape. The film producer and Labour peer, David Puttnam, will be talking to the Director General on his vision for, and his time so far at, the BBC as well as inviting his thoughts about wider issues facing public service television in the UK.

The Inquiry, www.futureoftv.org.uk, is chaired by Lord Puttnam, and based at the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London. It is set up to consider the nature, purpose and role of public service television today and into the future. It aims to address ways in which public service content can be most effectively nurtured taking into consideration a growing range of services, platforms and funding models, continuous technological development and audience fragmentation particularly amongst younger and diverse audiences. 

The Inquiry is working with a number of industry partners including the Guardian, BAFTA, Vice UK, the British Academy and the Hansard Society. We are organising a series of events and will be producing a final Report at the end of June 2016. See www.futureoftv.org.uk for more details.

Event details: 7 – 8.30pm, Tuesday 5 April, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

Press enquiries:

Janie Ironside Wood, Head of Communications, A Future for Public Service Television Inquiry

E: janieironsidewood@gmail.com | M: +44 7730 047 511

To make a submission to the Inquiry:

Vana Goblot, Research Associate/Inquiry Secretariat
E: v.goblot@gold.ac.uk / T: 0207 919 7621

 

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, in conversation with Lord Puttnam

This is a critical time for the future of the BBC. As Charter Renewal moves into its final stages with a white paper due in the spring, this is a unique opportunity to hear the Director General’s views about the BBC’s role in the broadcast landscape and to put questions to him about how the BBC can meet the challenges it is faced with. The film producer and Labour peer, David Puttnam, will be talking to the Director General Tony Hall on his vision for, and his time so far at, the BBC as well as inviting his thoughts about wider issues facing public service television in the UK.

The event is on Tuesday 5 April, 7 – 8.30pm at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

Tickets are free but registration is required via Eventbrite

PRESS RELEASE: A FUTURE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE TELEVISION INQUIRY ANNOUNCES CARDIFF EVENT

 

Date: 6th April 2016, 6-8pm

Venue: Room 0.14 Bute Building, Cardiff University, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB

The ‘Future for Public Service Television Inquiry’, chaired by Lord Puttnam, has announced that it will host a special event in Wales, on 6th April, inviting Welsh audiences to feed in to the broad-ranging debate.

The Inquiry will be partnering with Cardiff University, where the event – a panel discussion with audience participation – will take place. Speakers are:

  • Angharad Mair (BAFTA Wales and Tinopolis)
  • Huw Jones (S4C)
  • Ian MacKenzie (Head of Nations and Regions, Channel 4)
  • Angela Graham (Institute of Welsh Affairs)
  • Amelia Womack (Deputy Leader, Green Party of England and Wales
  • Chaired by Sian Powell (Cardiff University)

The Inquiry into the future of public service television has been set up to examine the roles and responsibilities of British television in a digital world and to make recommendations on how television can foster a more creative and robust public culture in the 21st century. It aims to address changing production, consumption and distribution practices and the funding and regulation of audiovisual content. The secretariat is based at Goldsmiths, University of London, and project partners include the Guardian, BAFTA, Vice UK, the British Academy and the Hansard Society. The Inquiry is organising a series of events and will be producing a final Report at the end of June 2016. See www.futureoftv.org.uk for more details.

Professor Des Freedman, Project Lead for the Inquiry, said “‘It is extremely important that Welsh voices should be heard and reflected in this wide-ranging review of public service television. This event, with its distinguished panel of speakers and participation from the audience, will make a significant contribution to our research and findings. We are keen to hear from people in Wales, either at this debate or more generally in submissions to the Inquiry”

Sian Powell, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, said “Public service television plays a crucial role in Wales’ media landscape, so I am glad it has been recognised that regional voices and opinions need to be represented at the inquiry.

“As practitioners and academics we work daily to understand the present and future repercussions of technological and financial change in the media. As such we are well placed to host this event and look forward to welcoming Wales’ businesspeople, academics, journalists, media consumers and our notable panel to consider the purpose and place of public service television today.”

 

Further information:

  • Press enquiries:
  • For tickets to the event: http://bit.ly/1UbZL1s
  • To make a submission to the Inquiry: Vana Goblot, Research Associate/Inquiry Secretariat
    E: goblot@gold.ac.uk /  T: 0207 919 7621
  • Twitter hashtag: #theTVwewant

 

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: A FUTURE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE TELEVISION INQUIRY IN NORTHERN IRELAND

On Monday 4 April 2016

Venue: E206/207 suite, Central block, Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA

Speakers include:

Michael Wilson (UTV)

Margo Harkin (Besom Productions)

Ian Kennedy (ex BBC and Creative Skillset)

Pat Loughrey (Goldsmiths, Univesity of London and former Head of Nations & Regions, BBC)

Colm Murphy (Ulster University)

Chaired by Maire Messenger-Davies (Ulster University)

Places are free but registration is required via Eventbrite