Symposium on public service content in UK broadcast media

By Simon Barrow
June 9, 2010

An all-day symposium is being held on Thursday 10 June 2010 in response to the current consultation on the BBC's Strategy Review, asking "what is the future for pluralism in the supply of public service content in the UK?"

The event will be chaired by Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4’s The Media Show, and is being hosted by City University’s Department of Journalism, in association with our friends at OpenDemocracy and OurKingdom - which has been running an excellent Public Service Broadcasting Forum (

The schedule for the day is as follows:

10.30 - Coffee and welcome

11.00 - The role of the licence-funded BBC and the significance of the Strategy Review
Panel: Caroline Thomson (Chief Operating Officer, BBC), Professor Steven Barnett, Mark Oliver, Professor Richard Collins

12.30 - Lunch

13.30 - How to identify, supply and fund the PSB needs the BBC cannot fulfil
Panel: Jonathan Thompson (Director of Strategy, Ofcom), Geraint Talfan Davies, Blair Jenkins, Helen Shaw

15.00 - Coffee

15.15 - The public service media content that merits support in the digital future, and how it can be funded
Panel: Tim Gardam, Tony Curzon Price, Claire Enders, Jeremy Dear (NUJ), Sunny Hundal

The symposium is the physical culmination of the Public Service Broadcasting Forum, an online editorial series and discussion board. Launched on 29 March by Frank Field MP on the openDemocracy website, the Forum debates the status, health and future of public service broadcasting in parallel with the public consultation period of Putting Quality First, the BBC’s formal Strategy Review.

The PSB Forum has already published dozens of posts – speeches, documents, opinions, research papers, proposals and comments – dealing with current broadcasting matters, all of which are freely available at It is open to all quality contributions and the organisers hope participants will engage in this online discussion in the run-up to the symposium.

Contributions to the Forum will be summarised for participants in the symposium in their email pack ahead of the event.

Reservations can be made at An attendance fee of £25 will cover morning and afternoon coffee and a sandwich lunch. There are a small number of student tickets available for £15.

Whether or not you can participate in person, you are welcome to contribute online with short articles, comments or papers for publication on the website. Contributions and queries should be sent to the Forum’s moderator, Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal at:

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