Conference : Public Broadcasting in Europe - BBC after Hutton Case

The National Union of Journalists of Great Britain and Ireland, with the support of the IFJ, organised a Conference on public broadcasting with a special focus on the current situation of the BBC.


<CENTER>Saturday 22 May 2004, 14.15

Transport and General Workers Union’s Diskus, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8TN


FINAL AGENDA

See also background paper of the conference

See final Declaration

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2. 15pm: Start of the Meeting, chaired by Jim Corrigall, NUJ President


1/After Hutton – the fight for the BBC and PSB

Debate on the attacks on the BBC and the effects this could have on other broadcasters who are looking at the corporation as a model for developing their own PSB, especially the transitional countries.


Speakers :

Mr John McDonnell, MP

Mr Behnouz Afagh, BBC World Service, Eurasia

Ms Silvia Harley, University of Lincoln

Mr Granville Williams, Campaign for press and broadcasting freedom


2/The European view of PSB

Speakers from European countries (i.e. Italy and Denmark) will give their view of the difficulties they have faced with political interference, among other concerns. This session will also include interventions from members of the European parliament.

Speakers from Italy, Denmark and other European countries will give their view of the difficulties they have faced with political interference, among other concerns. This session will include interventions from members of the European parliament.


Speakers :

Mr Fred Jacobsen, Danish Union of Journalists

Mr Roberto Natale, USIGRAI (Union of RAI), Italy

Mr Roy Perry, Member of the European Parliament


3/The future for PSB – what the NUJ and IFJ campaigns should do

This session would look at the future for PSB amd what steps could be taken to defend and promote it as in the IFJ campaign.


Speakers :

Mr Marc Gruber, Coordinator the "Public broadcasting for all" Campaign, IFJ

Mr Jeremy Dear, General Secretary, NUJ


5.00pm: The conference closes. Drinks and canapés

6.30pm: Delegates and guest depart the conference centre.


Futher informations:

Mr. Marc Gruber (IFJ),

marc.gruber@ifj.org

Tel : (32) 2 235 22 00