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Are You Being Heard? Representing Britain on TV

22nd March 2016, 6 pm - 8 pm

Venue: Professor Stuart Hall (PSH LG02), Goldsmiths, University of London

From left to right:

Sir Lenny Henry (Actor, Writer and TV Presenter)

Dawn Foster (Writer on politics, social affairs and economics for The Guardian, London Review of Books, Independent and Times Literary Supplement)

Pat Younge, Chair (MD of Sugar Films; former BBC Chief Creative Officer)

Bev Skeggs (Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Event Transcript:

Are You Being Heard? Transcript, 22 March 2016

Press coverage:

Lenny Henry renews call for BBC to ringfence funds to boost diversity, Dawn Foster, 23rd March 2016.

Sir Lenny Henry: Write diversity into the charter, Broadcast, 23rd March 2016.

Photos from the event:



From left to right: Sir Lenny Henry, Dawn Foster ,Pat Younge, and Bev Skeggs


Sir Lenny, Dawn and Pat


Sir Lenny

What is the Future for Channel 4 in the UK Media Ecology?

14 March 2016, 6 pm

Venue: Committee Room 12, Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA


David Abraham (Chief Executive Channel 4)

Lord Inglewood (Former Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications 2011-2014)

Laura Mansfield (Outline Productions and Chair of PACT)

Guy Bisson (Research Director, Ampere Analysis)

chaired by Lord Puttnam 

This panel discussion, chaired by Lord Puttnam, focused on the challenges facing Channel 4 in particular, and public service television more generally, at a time of great uncertainty. Channel 4 plays a central role in delivering public service broadcasting but its future is under scrutiny given ongoing discussions about a possible change of ownership. This event offered a unique opportunity to hear from key participants in these debates including Channel 4’s Chief Executive, David Abraham, Chair of PACT Laura Mansfield, as well as Lord Inglewood, former Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, and the Research Director of media analysis Ampere Analysis, Guy Bisson.

Event transcript:

Transcript Channel 4 event 14 March 2016

Press coverage:

‘Abraham Hits Back at Whittingdale’s Privatisation Plans’ in Broadcast, 15th March 2016

‘For-profit Channel 4 would never have aired Paralympics or Gogglebox’ in the Guardian, 15th March 2016

Channel 4 submission:

‘Policymakers should be careful not to undermine or damage a delicate ecosystem of PSB’

Rethinking the Principles of Public Service Media

Thursday 3 March, 2-5pm

Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

The aim of the seminar was to present and discuss future normative principles to guide public service media in the context of the digital ecology, as well as to reflect on ideas for the institutional and regulatory design needed to deliver these principles. Watch here the interview with one of the speakers, Stuart Murphy (Formerly Director, Entertainment Channels, Sky). Other speakers include:

Baroness Helena Kennedy (Barrister, broadcaster, and Labour member of the House of Lords)

Jon Thoday (Co-Founder and Managing Director of Avalon Entertainment) 

Andrew Chitty (Member of Ofcom Content Board and Founder of Digital Life Sciences)

Georgina Born: Chair (Oxford University)

Des Freedman (Goldsmiths, University of London)