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>


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?
Elizabeth Smith, Secretary-General, The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association

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?

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

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?

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

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?

Professor Vincent Porter, Westminster University & VLV Board member

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, [email protected]

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.