VLV Conference : Future of PSB in Europe and Commonwealth

<CENTER>The Future of Public Service Broadcasting in Europe and the Commonwealth


Voice of the Listener & Viewer’s 10th International Conference


The Royal Society, London, England


Friday, 11th February 2005</CENTER>


Programme


0930am: Welcome by Jocelyn Hay, Chairman of Voice of the Listener & Viewer


0945am: Session One: Public Service Broadcasting in a Hostile Environment


What is the impact of digital technologies, fragmenting audiences and possible changes to legislative and regulatory frameworks?

Chairman:

Elizabeth Smith, Secretary-General, The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association


Speakers:

Adam Singer, Content Board Member, UK Office of Communications & former Group CEO, Telewest and CEO, Flextech

K. S. Sarma, Chief Executive, Prasar Bharati Broadcasting , India

Ian Fraser, Chief Executive, TV New Zealand

Ken Clark, Chief Executive, Fiji Broadcasting Corporation


11.15am: Coffee


11.45am: Session Two: Can Public Service Broadcasting be Safeguarded in Europe?


What are the key commercial, governance and funding issues facing European broadcasters?


Chairman:

Carole Tongue, Visiting Professor, University of the Arts, London & former MEP spokesman on public service broadcasting


Speakers:

Jacques Briquemont, Director of European Affairs, The European Broadcasting Union

Karol Jakubowicz, Vice Chairman, Council of Europe CDMM Committee & National Broadcasting Council, Poland

Dr Verena Wiedemann, Head of European Affairs, ARD, Germany


1.pm: Lunch


2pm: Session Three: Is News and Current Affairs safe in the hands of Public Service Broadcasters?


Can they still deliver on truth, accuracy and impartiality?


Chairman:

John Owen, Executive Producer, NewsXchange & Visiting Professor of Journalism, City University, London


Speakers:

Richard Sambrook, Director BBC World Service and Global News Network

Paul Gibbs, Programme Director, Aljazeera International

Nick Wrenn, Director London Bureau. CNN


0pm: Tea


4pm: Session Four: What Role Can Citizens Play in Ensuring Good Governance and the Principles of Public Service in Broadcasting?


Chairman:

Professor Vincent Porter, Westminster University & VLV Board member


Speakers:

Vladimir Gai, Chief, Communications Development & Endogenous Production, UNESCO, Paris

Damian Tambini, IPPR & Director. Oxford University Programme in Comparative Media Law

Speaker from EURALVA, European Association of Listeners’ & Viewers’ Associations.


Rapporteur: Professor Paddy Coulter, Reuters Foundation, Green College, Oxford


5pm: Close of conference


The conference will be preceded by a reception on the evening of Thursday, 10 February to be hosted by the BBC World Service at Bush House, The Strand, London WC2.


VLV reserves the right to make changes to the published programme.



Delegate rates range from £230 Corporate; £115 – Charities and Voluntary Organisations; £30 - Student


How to register:

To register for The Future of Public Service Broadcasting in Europe and the Commonwealth simply:

Go to www.vlv.org.uk/pages/bookingform.shtml

By telephone, please call Tel: +44 (0)1474 352835 or Fax +44 (0)1474 351112

By e-mail to Linda Forbes, Linda.Forbes@vlv.org.uk


By post to 101 King’s Drive, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5BQ


Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV), founded in 1983, represents the citizen and consumer interests in broadcasting and works for quality, independence and diversity in broadcasting. Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) is an independent, non-profit-making association, funded by its members, democratically governed, and free from political, sectarian or commercial affiliations.