VLV Spring Conference on Public Service Broadcasting 9th May

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The Voice of the Listener & Viewer is offering a discounted rate for student tickets at its annual Spring Conference on May 9th.

Venue and timings: Geological Society, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD in central London. 10.00am – 4.00pm.

The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including recent coverage of politics on radio and television, the implications of the BBC taking on the cost of providing free TV licences for the over 75’s, the regulation of the internet and the battle for radio to maintain audience reach.

The Annual VLV awards will take place at lunchtime, hosted by Jan Ravens of Dead Ringers fame.

Politics on TV and radio : Guardian columnist, Polly Toynbee, Dorothy Byrne, Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 and Mark Damazer, Head of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and former Controller of BBC Radio 4 and Radio 7, will discuss recent coverage of politics on TV and radio.

Over 75’s TV licences: Claire Enders, founder of Enders Analysis, Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK, and Richard Ayre, who was a BBC Trustee at the time of the last BBC financial settlement, will join us to discuss the issue of free TV licences for the over 75’s. This session will be chaired by former Chief Executive of BBC Broadcast, Will Wyatt CBE.

Internet regulation: Lord Gilbert, Chairman of the Lords Communications Committee, will be speaking following the Committee’s publication of its important report into internet regulation. Lord Gilbert will be joined by Dr Victoria Baines, Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University, and Professor Richard Tait of Cardiff University. This session will be chaired by Emma Goodman from the LSE Media Policy Project.

Transforming Radio: Gillian Reynolds MBE, the Sunday Times’ radio critic, will chair a session on the future of ‘traditional’ radio in the face of rising competition from global streaming services with Steve Parkinson, Managing Director for Bauer Media, and Helen Thomas, Head of Content Commissioning Radio 2.

Student tickets: £15 (excluding lunch).

To register for a student ticket please email sarah.stapyltonsmith@vlv.org.uk. Payment can be made on the day by cash or cheque or in advance over the phone.

There may also be rates for academics so email Sarah Stapylton-Smith about this.

Sophie Chalk

Broadcasting policy advisor

07973 408 243