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Thursday, July 28 • 14:00 - 15:00
The BBC and Public Service Broadcast FULL

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In this special session five distinguished experts drawn from academia and industry will address the question of whether the BBC is safe in the hands of the present Conservative government. The BBC is currently undergoing the process of Royal Charter renewal with its size, scope and independence very much on the government’s agenda. Professor Patrick Barwise will discuss the economic impacts of the government’s proposals on the industry and on citizens; Dr Jon Hardy will examine the influence of private sector lobbyists on the Charter renewal process; Professor Sylvia Harvey will explore the question of the BBC’s independence; Dr Benedetta Brevini will suggest that the BBC could help to foster an  algorithmic public sphere; and Bill Thompson, Head of Partnership Development at the BBC, will talk about how a networked BBC can become more than a broadcaster.  Each presenter will talk for 10 minutes with 40 minutes allotted for questions, discussion, and debate. The session has been organised by Professor John Downey, Loughborough University, on behalf of the UK’s Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (http://www.meccsa.org.uk/).


Thursday July 28, 2016 14:00 - 15:00 BST
Quorn, Charles Wilson